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Harbans Mukhia

The writer taught history at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

Babur and the Masjid: First reference to Ram temple in Ayodhya comes as late as 1822
Tue, Sep 03, 2019

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.

Unlike 2014, the BJP isn’t setting the agenda this election. Congress has seized the initiative
Tue, Apr 16, 2019

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.

Fluid faith, medieval time
Sat, Jul 28, 2018

People converted to other religions for reasons that were independent of the coercive powers of the state

Break the mould, end the siege
Sat, Mar 24, 2018

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.

Stories of a Rajput queen
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

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.

The violence of certainty
Tue, Mar 07, 2017

Absolutist ideas of Truth have been responsible for religious and political violence throughout history

The pseudo alternative
Mon, Jul 25, 2016

The Sangh Parivar has furthered the colonial understanding of India’s past.

What’s Left?
Tue, Apr 21, 2015

CPM must connect with the future. It will need hard rethinking, even harder ground work.

Delhi Assembly Polls
Left, right, AAP
Sat, Feb 14, 2015

Not class struggle but enlarging the public space within existing structures.

Waking the Higher Ed Elephant
Tue, Jun 30, 2009

The enormous significance of the Nehruvian vision for higher education in India is now coming home to us,as India earns...

Polity as theatre
Thu, Dec 28, 2000

Among other things the Ram Janambhoomi movement did was to substitute frenzy as a form of political mobilisation, in place of competing po...

The stability myth
Mon, Oct 04, 1999

One cardinal and unique feature of Indian politics is that here every political party is in power and in the opposition at the same time....

A crumbling edifice
Fri, Mar 05, 1999

The German sociologist-historian Norbert Elias had in a life time of exciting intellectual adventure explored many uncharted themes and c...

Historical wrongs
Fri, Nov 27, 1998

History-writing has been subject to several mutations the world over during the past half century or so. In the context of increasingly clea...