It is a common fallacy that history is all about the past, that it is a concatenation of ascertained facts in sequence. In reality, the past gets ____(1)_____ with every shift in the world view of the present. The past is not to blame for the hairy view that the TajMahal is a blot on Indian culture, rather, the politics of the ___(2)___ who asserts this is. It is not just the present that colours the past. Even the
shape of the future that is desired has an ___(3)____ on history. You can look at Ashoka and the Buddha and say that India was a land of peace, because you want to inspire the ___(4)____generation to build a future of harmony. Those whose forefathers suffered systematic violence and seek justice in the present might choose a different set of facts to portray a different ___(5)____ of history, with different imperatives for reparative action.