REWRITING INDIAN HISTORY
COPYRIGHT BY FRANCOIS GAUTIER
Revised Edition for Bahri & Sons: 2002
Dedicated:TO MY MOTHER, ANDREE GAUTIER, WHO WANTED SO MUCH FOR ME.N.B. This book does not pretend to be a historical treaty, neither on India, nor onother civilisations; it only fleetingly uses events and people, in an attempt to gobeyond the superficial views that have usually been held on India by manyhistorians.
India’s history was mostly written on the basis of archaeological and linguisticdiscoveries made by the British in colonial times, or by historians employed bythe English, such as Max Mueller. But the British, who were the Masters in India,had a vested interest to show that Indian civilisation was not as ancient and asgreat as it was earlier thought. For, up to the 18
century, philosophers andthinkers in Europe, such as Voltaire, Hegel and even as late as Nietzsche, keptreferring to Indian philosophy and science, as the mother of all philosophies andsciences.This is why the British established a two-pronged strategy: first to postdate mostof Indian history, such as the creation of the Vedas, for instance, which wasbrought down to 1200 BC, from a much more ancient date; and two, to show thatwhatever was good in India –Sanskrit, philosophy, architecture, literature - camefrom the West, via the Aryan invasion. For this purpose, consciously, orunconsciously, a number of “discoveries” were made, such as the finding ofskeletons by Mortimer Wheeler in Mohenja-Daro, which prompted him to hastilyconclude that Aryans had “massacred” Dravidians, while invading India, so as toestablish these myths of Indian history which have endured till today and havebeen unfortunately blindly adopted by Indian historians and taught to Indianchildren.Luckily today, a lot of new archaeological and linguistic discoveries have totallyshattered many of the myths on which rests India’s History. The mapping of theSaraswati river bed by satellite photography, for instance, shows that there wasan Indian civilisation much prior to the Indus Valley culture – hence most ofIndia’s history pointers will have soon to be predated; the possible deciphermentof the Harappan script, if proved right, would establish that there
was anAryan civilisation, but that on the contrary, in ancient times, a tremendousamount of movement went from India, not only eastwards, where Hinduism andBuddhism established a strong presence, right up to China, but also
via Persia, where it established the Zoroastrian religion, right up to Europe,where the Gypsies of today are one of those lost Indian tribes
and that theresults of this migration can be seen in the making of Egyptian pyramids, theformulating of Greek philosophy and mathematics, or even the legends of theCelts.