Iti Haas: as it happened!

History, an elementary narration of a labyrinthine past! How I love this subject…The sheer multitude of complex past stories and their implications in our present lives is something that just overwhelms me.

There are times when I get lost in the “What ifs” and start imagining the alternative realities. What if the major events that moulded the world as we know it today never happened? How would our present be?

What if Indus Valley Civilisation didn’t face a decline?
What if Akbar couldn’t defeat Hemu and the Mughals never came to power?
What if Baktiyar Khilji couldn’t destroy Nalanda?
What if Alexander the Great hadn’t died young?
What if the Peshwas won the Anglo-Maratha wars?
What if the British never ruled over India?
What if Gandhiji never returned from Africa?
What if India didn’t get partitioned?
What if Hitler was successful in invading Russia?
Or what if he died in the 1st World War itself?

A complete list of “what ifs” is just unthinkable and scary, the resulting alternative realities even more so. History is full of lessons, but it has unsolved and intriguing mysteries too, lurking in the dark…waiting to be discovered, bidding their time!

Our mistakes are big and their repercussions bigger! Here’s a beautiful ‘sher’ (couplet) by Muzaffar Razmi:

 

“Yeh zabr bhi dekha hai taareekh ki nazron ne,
lamhon ne khata ki thee, sadiyon ne sazaa paayi”

 

Meaning: History has seen such injuries where the mistakes of one moment have ruined (punished) centuries…

 

And maybe, just maybe, what if one day we find a single piece of undisputed evidence proving a fact completely opposite to what we have believed to be true for all these years…What then?

Who knows what the world would have been like. Who knows what the new archaeological excavations might discover. Who knows…

 

“Within infinite myths lies the eternal truth, who sees it all? Varuna has a thousand eyes, Indra a hundred, you and I, but two.”


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27 thoughts on “Iti Haas: as it happened!

  1. if only history was taught with the what-if scenarios instead of cramming up the years and the dates of events. we may have only two eyes but our thoughts can go beyond physical dimensions, again, only if we read history in the way it is meant to be studied.

    1. Exactly! I try my best to discuss such topics in my class. At first the students are a bit nervous to share their thoughts..but by the end of year we have debates on various topics ranging from the chances of the events of Ramayana & Mahabharata actually unfolding in real to comparing the reigns of Mughals and the British (pros and cons) etc.
      In fact last Saturday we discussed science behind a few seemingly useless rituals that we have.
      I think the methods of teaching history needs to change drastically. If not, people will end up being bored- ever more so!

      1. Ah, I didnt know you taught history. Can I join your classes, my history teachers were never pleasant 😀
        Jokes apart, I am happy that you are bringing about changes and now I realize why your posts on history were great. Carry on the good work!

    1. Thank you so much.

      In a way life has played itself out well…but you can’t really know what could have been. The events directed the narrative of our time on earth and in doing so probably changed the course of history! 🙂

  2. oh i could remember the heat on my palms emitting from the canes of the history teacher, as this was the one subject where the brains worked slower

          1. excellent, now i understand the reason of the command over the English language and the weaving of words. Nice, so do you heat their palms? Just wondering how teachers handle the non studios one these days as caning has become a strict no these days.

            1. Haha thanks.
              My students are HSC and above. I teach to the undergrads so no caning or stuff. They are pretty matured and if not, I don’t give the unruly students much thought or time. ‘Their life their decisions’ types. Jo karna he wo karo..

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