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Indian history once eclipsed by marxist narratives, shines brighter because of this book
Reviewed in India on 25 June 2020
The story is about unfolding the legendary battle of Bahraich that took place between the heroic Suhel Dev and Salar Maqsud the fearsome Turkish commander of Muhammad Ghazni.
A small time prince of a subaltern clan, Suhel Dev loses his elder brother in the ghastly desecration of Somnath temple by Muhammad of Ghazni. To add to his troubles, he sees local kings fall to the threats and bribes of invading marauders. Can the angry young warrior grow into a leader who can unite the children of Mother India to fight against the Turkish hordes?
Care has been given in crafting the minor characters. The story is woven to give a glimpse of historical heroes who have not been given their due by the marxist curriculum writers who have told us the history of invaders instead of that of the sons and daughters of India. I personally loved the role of Rajendra Chola and really hope that
Team Amish would write a full length book on the Chola King. I also liked the philosophical discussions that spanned Buddhism, Sufism, moderate Islam and the extremist Islam which is no more than a tool in the hands of power hungry monsters. The storytelling has very well differentiated between true valour and marauding monstrosity and shed light on outdated principles. In a way, it is an emphasis on the need for India to update herself as Apad-Dharma.
The Legend of Suhel Dev is just a tip of the iceberg of the vast Indian history that we have NOT been told about. I wish the Writers Centre brings in many more of such stories about the true heroes and heroines of Bharat. This is the kind of a book you would want to gift any young reader enthusiastic about history of India.