The writer is national fellow, Indian Council of Historical Research
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...
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