Came across this article titled A Vandalised Civilisation (published 01 Dec 2017) by PR Ramesh on the destruction of Hindu symbols by muslim rulers during medieval times, particularly in north India.
The wanton acts of vandalism and desecration by conquering hordes in evidence across north India is reminescent of the 2001 demolition—under orders of the then Taliban chief Mullah Muhammad Omar—of the globally-renowned Buddha statues at Bamiyan valley in central Afghanistan, 230 km northwest of Kabul.
This is the right modern analogy for the ruthless destruction of Hindu symbols in medieval times. Ironically, instead of acknowledging this as a fact of history ..
… the argument over this aspect of history has got sidetracked to whether claims of the count of Hindu shrines demolished by Islamic rulers are backed by evidence or have been overblown.
This is the power of narrative and the distortion that the leftists historians have propagated. The article is worth a read. Plenty of specific historical references for anyone to dig deeper on the Mughal period.
Starting from ancient times, history of India from every period needs to be revisited, but nothing is more relevant today than the British period. In that context, Shashi Tharoor’s book Inglorius Empire on the British Raj is a must read. In some places, Tharoor’s political leanings do seems to color his narrative, but the research is of RM standards.