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The Europeans, on arrival at the shores of India discovered the country had no history of its own except the Muslims who had maintained their elaborate chronicles. Vincent Smith therefore, aptly called the Herodotus of India, published in 1919 his magnum opus, The Oxford History of India, covering the period from pre-historic age to British Colonial era, in one massive volume. It was a monumental work considering there was no historical tradition in Hindu India, Vincent Smith had to depend entirely upon his own scholastic prowess to research and validate hitherto unknown history of the sub-continent.

Be that as it may, however, Vincent Smith failed to record arbitrarily or for whatever the reason he did not mention, the accounts of the Mongolian people of the Sub-Continent. Following the precedence set by him no historian has ever attempted to write and the void remains unfilled till this very day. The entire population of the southern slopes of the Himalayas and the North-Eastern region of India are ethnic Mongolians and to identify them as a distinct branch of Mongolians, I have addressed them here as Kirati-Mongolians. Smith knew very well the Mongolian people but decided to say no more than a brief statement that the Buddha was a hillman like a Gurkha.

We hold Vincent Smith guilty to have excluded the Kirati-Mongolians from his Oxford History of India but we forgive him for he lived and worked in another time under different circumstances. It rests upon the shoulders of Kirati-Mongolians themselves now to begin writing their history and this is the beginning.