Bhawani Singh, a former military officer still generally referred to as His Highness, lives in a part of Jaipur s splendid 18th-century City Palace that is roped off from the crowds of tourists.
The BJP’s misreading of history, however, is also underpinned by versions of history that circulate as truth within the mainstream.
In 1191, the Afghan ruler Muhammad Ghuri took the fortress of Bhatinda on the border of Prithviraj’s kingdom.
When Gayatri Devi was cremated with state honours this summer in a special funeral ground reserved for former queens of Rajasthan, two elephants led the cortège..
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He captures Ratan Singh by deceit, and offers to release him in exchange for Padmini.It is a fight that has pitched grandson against step-uncle and half-brother against half-brother – an unseemly row that has reverberated around this desert city where she lived a life in the style of another age.The ruins of the Harappan civilisation come closest, but the artefacts that have survived, aside from a few pot shards, don’t date earlier than 2500 BC.I think that [Prithviraj was] surprised by that last will. The fake 5,000-year figure plays into the hands of those who believe India once enjoyed a golden age before it was corrupted by, take your pick, the Kalyug, Muslim invaders, British imperialists, all of the above.The tale was picked up in succeeding eras by historians such as the chronicler of Akbar’s reign Abul Fazl. I grew up believing this to be historical truth, thanks to the volume of Amar Chitra Katha about Prithviraj’s life.