History is brazenly hard and dispassionate to the events that occur where there is no scope of accommodating any prejudices –pro or anti and so is the case while dealing with our most loved hero like Prithviraj Chauhan. His life alongwith his queen Sanyogita has been most popular a theme in several dozens of the posts on this blog. The Indian readers never relish any thing negative in their context but honesty demands, and so does the history, that they don’t close their eyes against various facts and events. Every view has to be gone through in a dispassionate order. A friend of mine Prof. Karan Dev, an outstanding research scholar in history and himself a great fan of Prithviraj Chauhan, is good enough to keep me apprised of different research themes from time to time. The themes depended upon are basically based on the following great works:
Prthviraja-vijaya of Jayanka
Prthviraja Raso of Chand Bardai
Hammira Mahakavya of Nayachandra Suri
Prabandha-cintamani of Merutunga
Viruddhavidhi-viddhavamsa of Laksmidhara
Kharataragaccha-pattavali of Jinapala
Tabaqat-i Nasiri by Minhaj-i-Siraj
Tarikh-i-Rashidi by Mirza Haider
Tarikh-i-Firishta by Ferishta
Gulshan-i Ibrahim by Muhammad Qasim
Indians by and large worship Prithviraj Chauhan as a victor defeating Ghori but this is what is most controversial an issue and if authors like Prof. Lane Pool are to be relied upon the story is just the opposite. It is like this in the words of Prof. Lane Pool:
“As for the battle of Tarain II, history squarely puts the blame of the defeat on fatty Prithviraj, the hot-headed, sensuous, amorous and arrogant commander of Hindu forces at Tarain — it was he who disregarded the advice given by his aged minister, that of keeping the women, away from the battlefield. the huge Hindu forces on the battlefield were massively hampered by the need to protect their beautiful womenfolk from Islamic rapes, and were consequently not able to fight effectively against the small Muslim army led by ugly Ghori, resulting in disastrous defeat and death of millions of productive potent Hindu Soldiers and rapes of millions of fertile young Hindu wives. Ghori crushed Prithviraj’s testes so hardly that it burst out in his own sac. Ghori raped Sanyogita repeatedly in front of her dying husband Prithviraj to humiliate him. Then Ghori butchered & killed Prithviraj in front of his raped wife Sanyogita”.
The very theme that war field priorities of Raja Prithviraj Chauhan were superseded by his lusty attachment to Rani Sanyogita resulting into India having been dragged to slavery is still a matter of debate and further research, and nothing would exhilarate Indians more than proving that it was actually Prithviraj Chauhan who emerged victorious defeating a dragon named Ghori.