History, reimagined

Politicians on the stump are a source of endless joy. Here, Amit Shah in Assam:

“We all know that Assam is the land of the brave. It is the land where Sukapha (Ahom king) had defeated the Mughals 17 times and drove them away. The same land is now being allowed to become the abode of illegal Bangladeshi infiltrators by the Congress government.

It’s a nice story. But, as I was pointing out on my Facebook page last night, some inconvenient facts get in the way of it. Sukhapaa, founder of the Ahom kingdom, died in 1268. Babar defeated Ibrahim Lodi and established the Mughal dynasty in 1526. Quite a feat, then, for the Ahom king to have defeated unnamed Mughals three centuries after his death.

PS: A meeting over lunch (which hopefully will be long, and liquid) and *the* game this evening, so am off blog for the duration. Have a happy Sunday, folks.




2 thoughts on “History, reimagined

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahom%E2%80%93Mughal_conflicts

    I believe this is what they read. See the table titled “List of Conflicts”. It lists 18 items. Then they blindly added the founder’s name without research. And the words “brave” and “drove out the ”

    Sadly, for Indians, they serve it to us on a platter. And we are neither aware of our history, nor do we care to look it up. So, Tipu becomes anti-national, Aurangzeb the destroyer of temples… and so on.

  2. I think there are a couple of errors (deliberate or genuine is open to debate): It should have been Ahom dynasty (and not king). And the score of winner/loser was more or less even following a series of successive confrontations.
    And, besides Bangladeshis there are also many other infiltrators.

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