There are two ways the truth issue references in this case can be viewed: 

1. 'Itihasa' as a category by itself not translated as myth or legend or any such thing:

The recent one I remember is this article in the lines of itihasa versus history debate:

2. The 'truth' aspect for 'myth'  discussed in Kant and Kantian works may also be useful as a theoretical/philosophical starting point. 


Nagaraj Paturi
Hyderabad, Telangana, INDIA.
Former Senior Professor of Cultural Studies
FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of  Liberal Education,
(Pune, Maharashtra, INDIA )