Mumbai : Destroying history for the sake of creating a “Hindu Rashtra” will harm the social fabric of the nation, and hence such efforts need to be checked, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar said here on Friday.
Pawar was addressing around 70 historians, primarily from Maharashtra, at the end of their day-long gathering here at the Y B Chavan centre, the institute chaired by Pawar.
“Some people are trying to disrupt the social fabric of the country by destroying history in school textbooks and converting India into a Hindu Rashtra,” Pawar said. He stressed on the need to develop an intellectual front against these efforts and assured of every possible help for any such effort.
Pawar also said that awareness needs to be created among the youth that some people are trying to corrupt their minds to spread poison in the society.
“Articles need to be written, discussions should take place on this issue as it is a grave matter,” he said.
“Some people are spreading rumours that Shivaji Maharaj was anti-Muslim. The fact is that he placed Muslims in important positions in his army. Such spreading of hatred is not good for secularism and national integration,” he said. He added that to counter the existing atmosphere, historians need to come together, meet regularly and write the truth so that the original history can be shown to the country.
“If these unscrupulous elements succeed, what will we teach the next generation? There must be a mechanism or institutions to take measures to correct distorted history,” he said, adding that he will provide help in correcting facts in every possible way.
“I am the trustee of two Institutions — Nehru Centre and Y B Chavan Centre. Historians can use the infrastructure at Nehru Centre and take responsibility of publishing material against these attempts and we will circulate the materials,” he said. Pawar said that a separate ‘history wing’ will be set up at Y B Chavan Centre, and historians can take up the responsibility of organising seminars and discussions there.