This is why 400 Yrs of history is missing from Indian Text Books.

Has anyone noticed the 400 year leap that Indian history textbooks have from 650 AD to 1050 AD? Why are these 4 centuries ignored?

Lets take the two endpoints mentioned in this question- The Harsha empire in 650 AD and the rise of Delhi Sultanate in 1050 AD. Both these empires have had their bases in Delhi. Ofcourse, Mohammad Bin Tughlaq tried shifting the capital from Delhi- with disastrous consequences. That brought the Delhi Sultanate to an end.

Lets see the map of the Empire of Harsha below.


Notice how it covers the Delhi region neatly?.

Next lets see the time period between 650AD and 1050 AD. According to the timeline of the Indian history, following were the events which happened during this period:

  1. Rise of Badami Chalukya. This was concentrated around the region in Karnataka, Maharashtra.
  2. Establishment of the Rashtrakuta dynasty,. Again this was far away from the Delhi hinterlands.
  3. Birth of Adi Shankaracharya.
  4. In the 9th Century, it was the rise of Nripatunga Amoghavarsha I.
  5. In 985 AD, Rajaraja Chola ascends in Tamil Nadu. Again far away from Delhi.
  6. In the year 1014, Rajendra Chola 1, the son of Rajaraja Chola, expands his Chola territory towards Burma, Andaman Islands. Again far away from Delhi.
  7. In the year 1000AD, Mahmud Ghazni starts arriving, even though 14 years later Chola empire would start to expand.
  8. Even the Pala Empire originated in Bengal, and its main centre was in the Bihar-Bengal region, not Delhi.
  9. It was by the mid 1000’s the Ghazni empire began to take hold slowly over Delhi. Now Delhi has come back into picture again.

You can check the maps of every empire I had provided in the above points and you can confirm it for yourself that these empires did not have Delhi as their capital or centre of operations.

The history of India is very much centric around Delhi and the Gangetic plains. Most of the Central education boards do not focus much on Southern Indian history. The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, is the conducting body of the ICSE syllabus, is based out of Delhi and does not seem to bother much about the other states, especially about Chalukyas and Cholas which were South of the Vindhya region.

But the Tamil Nadu state board books does teach a lot about Tamil civilization- which includes, Cheras, Cholas , Pandyas and Pallavas.

This is nothing specific to Indian authors. Delhi was almost the natural choice for the capital of India- being at the centre point- right in between the Indus Valley plains and Gangetic plains. Delhi acts as a fulcrum between these two civilizations.

Most of the great empires- like Maurya Dynasty, Gupta Empires had a hold over Delhi. If not Delhi, they originated close to it, in the Indo- Gangetic plains near to Delhi.

Even the British moved the capital to Delhi from Kolkata during 1910, when the nationalist forces began gathering steam making Kolkata an unsafe place for them.

In Summary– Indian history books (especially the ones based out of Delhi) do not cover this period because Delhi was not a prime centre of activity during this 4 century period.

Courtesy: Quora & Wikipedia