P. N. Oak is remembered for [amongst many other things] his Historical Revisionism and founding the Institute for Rewriting World History.
P. N. Oak
Born at 9.54 a.m. On March 2, 1917 in Indore (Central India).
The author, P. N. Oak having made some far-reaching discoveries in history, is the founder president of the Institute for Rewriting World History.
His latest ﬁnding is that in pre-Christian times Vedic culture and Sanskrit language held full sway throughout the world.
P. N. Oak was born in a Maharashtrian Brahmin family in which his father talked to him only in Sanskrit, mother only in English, relations in Marathi and town-folk in Hindi.
That gave him ﬂuency in these four languages from childhood.
After obtaining his B. A. degree from Agra University and completing M. A., LL. B, courses of the Bombay University, Oak worked for a year as tutor in English at the Fergusson College, Pune and later having joined the army was posted to Singapore at the age of 24.
There, after the British surrender, Oak was one of the organizers of the Indian National Army, a director and commentator at the Free India Radio, Saigon and late co-worker of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
After the end of World War II, Oak hitch-hiked from Singapore to Calcutta across the border jungles of several countries.
From 1947 to 1974 his profession has been mainly journalism having worked on the editorial staffs of the Hindustan Times and the Statesman, as a class 1 officer in Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, and as editor in the American Embassy’s information service, all in New Delhi.
Around 1959, Oak developed a curious new insight into history which led him to some stunning discoveries as a result of his absorbing hobby of visiting historic sites.
He then founded (June 14, 1964) the Institute for Rewriting Indian History and wrote several books.
Oak’s historical acumen led him to discover further that even world history has gone wrong.
His discoveries have therefore, outgrown the name and scope of the Institute for Rewriting Indian History.
Having discovered that from time immemorial up to the Mahabharat War, Vedic culture and Sanskrit pervaded the whole world.
Back Cover: Author Biography
Some Missing Chapters of World History – P. N. Oak – 2010 Edition
Austere by nature,a journalist by profession, a historian by hobby, a researcher by accident and a freedom fighter by choice Mr. Oak , was one of his kind. An institution in himself.
Wikipedia notes “Oak’s theories have been summarily rejected in academia” and then provides some choice mainstream quotations.
Srinivas Aravamudan concludes that via “deep punning” Oak is “creative in proliferating these delusional etymologies.”
Edwin Bryant writes that most academics would consider him a ‘crackpot’.
Giles Tillotson describes his work as a “startling piece of pseudo-scholarship”.
Art historian Rebecca Brown describes Oak’s books as “revisionist history as subtle as Captain Russell’s smirk” (referring to a character in the Hindi movie Lagaan).
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
In these days of Settled Science, Settled History and Settled Everything such choice quotations are frequently designed to deflect inquiring minds away from ideas and information that undermine mainstream belief systems.
These comments are understandable when there are numerous competing [and conflicting] belief systems [in the fields of religion, politics, economics and national identity] mixed into a society that harbours many unresolved conflicts [that are deep seated and long standing].
In the Indian sub-continent, after many centuries [and many layers] of suppression, exploitation and manipulation, the Academics in Aspic play an important role in maintaining the status quo i.e. keeping the lid on a cauldron of unresolved conflicts.
Although not anti-government in nature, Oak’s book “Some Blunders in Indian Historical Research” was banned from the Parliament’s library by the Speaker of the Lok Sabha (lower House) as noted in news archives.
There are also apocryphal claims of government suppression, e.g. “Allegedly, Indira Gandhi’s government tried to ban [Oak’s book on Taj Mahal] and some would say the Indian government has been politically motivated in suppressing this theory”.
The Indian government has indeed banned a number of books on the grounds of preventing Hindu-Muslim rioting and/or national security.
Conversely, in the wider world, these very same Academics in Aspic are effectively supporting an Indophobic belief system that is well past its sell by date.
For example, P. N. Oak’s relates a wonderful story about a Swedish archaeologists who experienced a moment of enlightenment because he didn’t summarily reject new information.
After I read the above research paper, illustrated with slides there was hardly any reaction though I had questioned the validity of the entire framework of current historical studies.
Most participants at such Congresses are usually people with assured jobs and big reputations.
As such they have no motivation to learn anything new.
Their participation is intended at best as an opportunity to parade their own knowledge and repeat what they have learned at their college or at worst as a picnic.
But there was a chance solitary reaction which instantaneously and disarmingly confirmed the validity of my thesis.
I had carried with me a few hindered copies of my research paper to be distributed among the participants.
About 1200 scholars from 100 countries attended the convention.
While handing over a copy to one of the participants I informed him, one of my most important discoveries was that all historic townships, forts, palaces, tombs, mosques, lakes, tanks, canals, roads, bridges, towers etc. ascribed to Muslim invaders were captured property.
The person I talked to happened to be from Sweden.
His face lightened up with special interest.
He informed me that the administration of Maldive islands, off the west coast of India, had invited him for conducting archaeological excavations.
There when he dug inside a mosque he found the remains of a temple.
That was a puzzle to him.
But as soon as he heard of my finding his enigma was resolved.
He congratulated me and said he now knew why he had found the remains of a temple inside a mosque.
“That’s it” he exclaimed “you are right, Muslims demolished temples and raised mosques at the same spot.”
I had to correct him once again.
I said to him “you have only half understood me. Even the superstructure you fancy to be a mosque is a captured temple. Muslims did not raise any historic building.”
Thereupon the Swedish delegate’s eyes flashed with added interest.
He exclaimed “that then solves my other puzzle, I had wondered all the time as to why that mosque was not aligned to Mecca?”
That illustrates how participants in the World Archaeological Congress and other so-called experts in history and archaeology all over the world, have a lot to learn if only they care to wake up and step out of the ivory tower of their fixed ideas.
Some Missing Chapters of World History – P. N. Oak – 2010 Edition
Readers open to new ideas can read P. N. Oak’s English language books on Archive.org.
More from P. N. Oak in the next couple of posts…