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IN History & Culture ON 22 Aug, 2016
If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday. People are trapped in history, and history is caught up in them. India has come a long way. Our history is vast and complex. Many times we just believe whatever we get to hear as history. How many times have you read or been told things that turn out to be false? There have been many misconceptions in the History of India, I repeat, Misconceptions.
We'll go over some of the most colossal and significant lies in the history. Although such a list can't be comprehensive, we sought to include a variety of lies that influenced politics, and even sports.
Let's delve into some of the oldest and most successful lies we grew up believing.
Four teams backed out FIFA 1950 and then India got its chance. The tour to Brazil was a costly affair, and AIFF thought there was hardly any chance of winning the match against Italy. Hence, it blamed the FIFA for rejecting the players who wanted to play barefoot. It was just to avoid embarrassment.
People always talk about The Flying Sikh, Milkha Singh and the 1960 Rome Olympics. He was never leading in the 400m final of the 1960 Rome Olympics. Yes, he didn't look back. He was fifth in line and with great effort, secured fourth position.
The response from the Sports Ministry has come on an RTI query from a ten-year-old girl, Aishwarya Parashar, who has grown to learn in school books that hockey is the national game of the country and was the first non-European team to be a part of the Indian Hockey Federation. Blame it on our school textbooks. We were always told that hockey is India's national sport. Well, it's not! There's no national game of India.
For years, Indians have believed that the Indian Railway is the largest employer of manpower in the world. This is not true. Though it employs a huge number of people but still it does not have the largest employee base.
Varanasi is considered the oldest inhabited city in the world. Well, it is not true. It is one of the many oldest inhabited cities, and 30 other cities existed way before Varanasi in 1100 BC. Get your facts right, historians.
The original Indian Constitution never had the term 'secular'. It was only an amendment made in 1976 under which the word 'secular' was included in the Preamble and other sections. The Supreme Court, however, has always claimed that India became a secular nation in 1947.
Probably the most propagated lie in our country, Hindi is neither the official nor the national language of our nation. All states are free to have their own official languages.
Before Gandhi haters start running him down for another reason, let me clear one thing. This isn't Mahatma Gandhi dancing with a lady; it's an Australian actor dressed like Gandhi.
A fake mail got issued under the name of UNESCO in 2014 selecting the Indian National Anthem – Jana Gana Mana as the best in the world is completely false and baseless. It was just another hoax which is bound to go down in the history books.
Gandhi had a lot of fancy one-liners, the kind that he could've owned. But there is no evidence that Mahatma Gandhi spoke these words. Contrary to popular belief, these words were said by Ben Kingsley in the movie Gandhi. Some people also claims that this quote is a direct lift from the Bible - the Book of Exodus in the Old Testament. There is no record of this statement being made by Gandhi in any of his collected works.