Romila Thapar: “The battle now is between religious nationalism and secular nationalism . . .”

Romila Thapar, who has been associated with Jawaharlal Nehru University for many years, speaks to writer Githa Hariharan on the idea of a university like JNU. The idea was to explore Indian society through inter-disciplinary studies and discussion. At the Centre for Historical Studies with which she was associated, the past was not another country; the past shaped the present. Professor Thapar points out that … Continue reading Romila Thapar: “The battle now is between religious nationalism and secular nationalism . . .”

NOAM CHOMSKY, ROMILA THAPAR & IRFAN HABIB IN SOLIDARITY WITH TEESTA AND JAVED

Politics of Vendetta Shall not Defeat the Cause of Justice   Statement in Solidarity with Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand,who have fought a long and heroic battle to advance the cause of justice for Gujarat’s 2002 pogrom, face possible prosecution on charges of financial misappropriation. We see this as a clear case of the politics of vendetta launched with explicit … Continue reading NOAM CHOMSKY, ROMILA THAPAR & IRFAN HABIB IN SOLIDARITY WITH TEESTA AND JAVED

Prof Romila Thapar on Somnath Temple and how History is actually studied!

Romila Thapar (born 30 November 1931) is a distinguished Indian historian whose principal area of study is ancient India. She is the author of numerous substantial books including the popular classic, A History of India, and is currently Professor Emerita at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. Continue reading Prof Romila Thapar on Somnath Temple and how History is actually studied!

आस्‍था नहीं, अन्‍वेषण पर आधारित होना चाहिए इतिहास

भारतीय इतिहास लेखन के विकास, असहमति की परंपरा तथा बौद्धिक अभिव्‍यक्तियों को बाधित करने के मौजूदा प्रयासों पर  रोमिला थापर की  कुलदीप कुमार से बातचीत   (अनुवाद: अभिषेक श्रीवास्‍तव) आपकी पुस्‍तक दि पास्‍ट बिफोर अस आरंभिक उत्‍तर भारत की ऐतिहासिक परंपराओं पर विस्‍तार से बात करती है। जानकर अचरज होता है कि आखिर क्‍यों और कैसे इस विचार की स्‍वीकार्यता बन सकी कि भारतीयों में ऐतिहासिक चेतना का अभाव … Continue reading आस्‍था नहीं, अन्‍वेषण पर आधारित होना चाहिए इतिहास