Our biased history textbooks often glorify barbaric invaders and totally disregard sons of the soil who fought relentlessly and bravely against the rapist Mughal regime or other demonic forces.
Indian history textbooks glorify the Mughal barbarians and try to whitewash the dark regime of rape and murder and criticize or ignore brave Indian kings.
One such ruler, King Purushotaman of Punjab region has been mentioned even in European history for his bravery and his might, but honestly most of us “Indians” aren’t aware of kings like these.
King Purushotaman: the legendary warrior
King Purushotaman was a legendary warrior king who defeated Alexander the great (nothing great about him) was born in the puru tribe in the Punjab region.
India was a wealthy country and hence attracted all evil eyes who wanted to plunder the wealth and Alexander was no exception. When the Macedonian barbarian Alexander set his foot in India in the spring of year 0326 BC, King Ambhi of Takshachila (near the modern-day Rawalpindi, Pakistan). This upset king Purushotaman.
King Purushotaman who was from the puru dynasty of Pandavas refused to submit to the invaders which angered Alexander. However, for the time being, Purushotaman was safe because the monsoons were fast approaching and it was impossible to cross the river.
When the water levels started to recede, the Macedonian army started to march towards Purushotaman’s kingdom. Purushotaman was well prepared for the war, and with his army had taken up a position on the eastern bank of river Jhelum to push back alexander’s invading forces.
One of his sons whose name was also Purushotaman was guarding the northern bank of river Jhelum to prevent an ambush from the northern end. However, when Alexander’s forces attacked from the northern frontier, Purushotaman II’s army was defeated and killed. Alexander marched further towards King Purushotaman.
Purushotaman’s small army was outnumbered by the Macedonian army but purushotaman’s forces had elephants which the Macedonian army had never fought against and hence was at a huge advantage.
Even though outnumbered, Puru army Fought fiercely against the Invading army and King purushotaman successfully defended his kingdom. (source: Indian scholar named Buddha Prakash)
The battle of Jhelum convinced Alexander to retreat and ordered his generals to go back to Greek. When Alexander was defeated by purushotaman, there was no way he could face the armies of Magadha, Dhana Ananda and other powerful rulers who were much stronger than Purushotaman.
After Alexander’s death in 323 BC, Eudemus who had served as Alexander’s General in the Punjab region, realizing there was no way the Macedonian army could win over Purushotaman, assassinated him in an unfair manner.