Category Archives: History

Gujjar politics and the Mihir Bhoj controversy

In her 2014 paper “Pastoral Predicament: The Gujars in History” Prof. Shail Mayaram -made the case for the Gujjars of Rajasthan and the NCR to secure ST reservation. In the same paper, Gujjars of Rajasthan and the NCR were clubbed together, not only with the Scheduled Tribe Vangujars of Himachal, but also (quite erroneously) with […]

Emperor Mihirbhoj Pratihāra: Saving his legacy from vote bank politics

Emperor Mihirbhoj Pratihar vote bank politics

The birth anniversary of Rajput Emperor Mihirbhoj Parihar, one of the greatest rulers of the ninth century, is being celebrated across north India on October 18. Celebrations are particularly notable in historical towns of Pratihars (their descendants are now known as Parihar Rajputs) like Mandore, Bhinmal, Kannauj, Gwalior, and Nagod. Ironically, the celebrations have not […]

History explained: The origin of Gurjara-Pratihāra

It is confusion created by politicians and self-proclaimed historians that has unfortunately led to the Gujjar and Rajput communities being at loggerheads with each other over the past few years. The problem started with the distortion of the identity of medieval Rajput Emperor Mihirbhoj Pratihar for narrow political gains. Unsurprisingly, it was BJP, which started […]

‘Stop distortion of Rajput History’: Mihir Bhoj’s descendant to govt

Stop distortion of Rajput History Mihir Bhojs descendant to govt

Kunwar Arunoday Singh Parihar, who is the prince of Nagod estate in Madhya Pradesh and who claims to be the direct descendant of King Mihir Bhoj (44th in line of descendency from the legendary king), has expressed his deep anguish in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the current appropriation of his ancestor […]

Imperial Pratihars: India’s glorious chapter forgotten in history books

Imperial Pratihars India’s glorious chapter forgotten in history books

At a time when Arab imperialism was growing in the Middle-East region and Central Asia in the seventh century, they couldn’t make much headway beyond Sindh in the Indian subcontinent. The primary reason for this resistance was the rule of the Imperial Pratihars who created a bulwark of defence against the marauding Islamic invaders bringing […]