Back home, the leftist historian Romila Thapar claimed in her "Somanatha, The Many Voices of a History" that contrary to popular perception, the destruction of Somnath by Mahmud Ghaznavi was a non-event. She claims that the temple was looted by several Hindu kings before Ghaznavi and it was economic and political reasons rather than his religious zealotry that drove Ghaznavi to destroy the temple.
The Japanese textbooks deny the
And as Orwell had said in 1984 (the quotes also popularized by the Rage against the machine song "Testify"):
Who controls the present now controls the past