On July 16, the official Twitter handle of the tourism ministry of Rajasthan government posted this tweet.
The tweet is catastrophic for those who know history because it says that Alauddin Khilji, the second ruler of the Khilji dynasty, was the “beloved” of Rani Padmini of Mewar.
Truth is that Alauddin Khilji coveted Rani Padmini, who was the wife of Raja Ratan Singh. Both Sultanate and Rajput versions of the war that was fought between the valorous forces of Mewar and the invading troops of Khilji state that it was the Sultan’s desire of capture Rani Padmini by force which led to the war.
Malik Muhammed Jayasi’s ‘Padmavat’ retells the story of Rani Padmini, the war, and the Jauhar she performed when it became apparent that Khilji will be victorious.
Yet the Rajasthan government committed a huge blunder, so Twitterati pointed that out.
@my_rajasthan , Study properly the history of Rani Padmini, Her great “जौहर” and Chittor,then tweet about them.
— Rajpurohit Lokesh (@a74aab642a794ba) July 20, 2016
— Hitarth (@Hitarth1987) July 22, 2016
@my_rajasthan you r stating this almost as a great love story while reality is She preferred Johar than submission&100s of women died
— desi (@Meluhan1) July 16, 2016
— TruthSeeker (@TruthMaveJayate) July 22, 2016
The handlers of the official Twitter account tried to argue that it was a “historical fact”.
Eventually the insensitive tweet was removed.
According to Dainik Bhaskar, historians such as Chaganlal Bohra and Dev Kothari slammed the tweet calling it an affront to India’s culture and highly irresponsible.