In ‘Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth’, Audrey Truschke sifts popular imagination on the ruler’s personal and political life from historical realities.
‘Only a Spineless Government Can Timidly Declare the Kohinoor was a Gift to India’s Colonial Rulers’
The history of the Kohinoor does not support the Modi government’s claim of it being an Indian ‘gift’ to the British Empire, say historians. But does that mean restitution is feasible?
Historians should reject both excessive focus on precolonial Islamic violence, as well as a secular whitewashing that is insensitive to local memories and histories.