The writer taught history at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.
Mir Baqi, Babur’s noble, affirms in this verse that the mosque (“the alighting place of angels”) was constructed by him under the express command of his master, the emperor. But he makes no mention of a temple, much less a Ram temple, having been made to yield the place for it. Babur himself makes no mention of either the mosque or of his command to the Mir.
The conspicuous absence of euphoria is now matched by the equally conspicuous absence of any reference to sab ka saath or sab ka vikas in the BJP's current campaign. It gets highlighted in the face of the Opposition’s centring of farmers’ distress, joblessness.
People converted to other religions for reasons that were independent of the coercive powers of the state
The stereotype of a single Muslim identity has been exploited by the ‘secular’ parties and the communalist parivar. It needs to be broken to achieve genuine social transformation.
The Padmavati story, like many others, has undergone several mutations. Ramya Sreenivasan has traced the wide circulation and mutation of the story from North India and Rajasthan to Bengal from the 16th to the 20th century in her magnificent book, The Many Lives of a Rajput Queen.
Absolutist ideas of Truth have been responsible for religious and political violence throughout history
The Sangh Parivar has furthered the colonial understanding of India’s past.
CPM must connect with the future. It will need hard rethinking, even harder ground work.
Not class struggle but enlarging the public space within existing structures.
The enormous significance of the Nehruvian vision for higher education in India is now coming home to us,as India earns...