The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017 removes the security net that exists around our nationally protected monuments.
The Indian Trust Act specifically forbids delegation of trustee responsibilities. Therefore, attacking the trustees for taking fright or capitulating may perhaps be a little inaccurate.
The Sameeksha Trust responds to criticism that it compromised the editorial independence of the magazine in the face of corporate pressure.
Trustees say he acted unilaterally in replying to Adani legal notice; Guha Thakurta says they are not giving the ‘full picture’.
In a freewheeling conversation with Siddharth Varadarajan, the celebrated historian discusses the place of nationalism in contemporary Indian politics, the role of the media and of the public intellectual
In the foreword to The Decline of Civilization, Romila Thapar argues that the current concept of civilisation is a partial understanding of a segment of the societies and cultures of the past, and thus a limited concept.
It is unfortunate that even today, as a result of our “extravagant admiration for ancient Hindus” (as Bhandarkar termed it in 1918), many Indian scholars are doing research that does not adhere to strict academic standards.
In A Book of Conquest, Manan Ahmed Asif examines the Chachnama and explains why the narrative of Islam in South Asia have been historically misunderstood.
The dance is one among a few cultural objects today – like Ganesh Utsav, the thickening sindoor that women display, freshly minted greetings like ‘Jai Shri Krishna’, bhajan sandhyas – being deployed.
The Hindu right’s worn-out, archaeologically-baseless argument that the Harappan civilisation and Rig Vedic age coincided, may get a new lease of life through the film’s poor depiction of history.
It is ironic that the demand to ban the book comes from those whose ideology was far from anti-colonial, or in sympathy with establishing a secular democratic nation, the kind of nation that Bhagat Singh was working towards.
The culture minister has three more years to go. One can only hope that at least all vacancies in the cultural institutes are filled before he releases any future self-signed progress reports.
A sense of the ironic inheritances of colonialism is desperately needed in France, where the nation bids communities to disappear even as it begs them not to go.
There is by now little doubt that we are currently being governed by those that seem to have an anti-intellectual mind-set. This spells trouble for universities that are concerned with high standards of teaching and research.
Eminent historian Romila Thapar has been associated with JNU since its earliest years. She talks to writer Githa Hariharan about JNU’s vision for educating the young to be questioning citizens. She also traces the pattern of recent attacks against voices of dissent on Indian campuses. Her advice to […]
Life cycle rituals are always moments of tension, because they involve the continued reproduction of society as a whole. Births, weddings, anniversaries and successions are keenly watched as they signal the direction any individual or institution will take. At a time when the announcement of leaders in long […]
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New Delhi: The noted historian Romila Thapar has issued a statement making it clear that contrary to reports in some sections of the media, she did not take part in an event organised by the Congress party think-tank, the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, on Friday. “I […]
When a public lecture by one of the country’s most distinguished, internationally respected academics has khaki uniforms all over, you know your city has entered an era of darkness.
A group of scholars, activists and media persons – including historian Romila Thapar, theatre artist M.K. Raina and economist C.P. Chandrasekhar – have expressed solidarity with music composer A.R. Rahman. A fatwa has been issued by the Raza Academy against Rahman for composing music for the Iranian film ‘Muhammad: Messenger […]
India must give importance not only to ‘eminent’ personalities from the past and present but must also be open to integrating marginal and subaltern figures in the commemorative pantheon.