Dr Elst's note on jihad negationism has a perfect echo in Dr Pandey's note about Majumdar's accurate observation about how "the Hindu leaders, including Gandhi and Nehru, deliberately ignored the fundamental differences between the Hindus and Muslims..." in their quest to attain an artificial harmony between the two based not on lived, historical realities but wishful thinking. It is this lazy or timid or short-sighted ignoring that eventually led to wholesale distortion, suppression, and even inventing historical "facts" by Communists.
The story of these realities must be told, at least now, to build a nation based on accepting and digesting even the harshest of historical truths. The story must be retold in every Hindu home. In a manner similar to how grandparents of a past generation inspired their grandchildren with stories of Prahlada, Dhruva, Maharana Pratap, Shivaji, Ranjit Singh, to cite a few names at random. Our school textbooks are short-sighted, ill-equipped, and incompetent to tell these stories any time soon. These efforts definitely take courage and involve enormous hard work but they are inevitable and urgent unless Hindus are not serious about surviving as a civilization. The alternative is to pretend that these urgly historical truths don't exist. As with people so with problems: at some point, the makeup will peel away.
As a recent example, had our history been told honestly right from childhood, nobody would've even conceived naming a road in the honour of Aurangzeb. That we had to face outrage from these same jihad-deniers and thousands of urban Indians misled by reading such "history" shows what happens when denial and pretence are preferred to avoid facing harsh truths - or to push deadly, imperialist ideologies.
The same - if not greater - damage that the anti-Hindu and the Adharmic Nehruvian state inflicted in the economic space has been inflicted by more than six decades of writing, teaching and propagating Nehruvian history. Only, its toll has been incalculable: with each passing decade, India's accommodative diversity rooted in Dharma has steadily morphed into irreconcilable difference to the extent that significant and influential sections of Indians now see nothing wrong in inviting foreign powers to intervene in India's sovereign affairs. The most glaring example of this in recent years is the shameless manner in which members of these influential sections of the Islamo-Christist-Left-Liberal cabal urged the Kangaroo Court called “USCIRF” to depose Narendra Modi.
Indeed, let’s hear it directly from the horse’s mouth. Here's Dr Dilip K Chakrabarti recounting Romila Thapar's "vision" of India at the end of the 21st Century.