D.N. Jha

The writer is former professor and chair, department of History, University of Delhi.

Articles By D.N. Jha

Republics for Kshatriyas

Ancient regimes in India were far from democratic, had little place for other castes

What the gods drank

It may be pointed out that there were a large variety of intoxicating drinks, nearly 50 types of them, available in ancient India. The use of alcohol by men was quite common, despite occasional dharmashatric objections in the case of Brahmins; and instances of drinking among women were not rare.

How the story of the cow in India is riddled with puzzles and paradoxes

It has struggled its way to sanctity through centuries of incongruous attitudes.