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The past as present : forging contemporary identities through history, Romila Thapar

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The past as present : forging contemporary identities through history
Title
The past as present
Title remainder
forging contemporary identities through history
Statement of responsibility
Romila Thapar
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Language
eng
Summary
"Understanding India's past is of vital importance to the present. Many popularly held views about the past need to be critically enquired into before they can be taken as historical. Why is it important for Indian society to be secular? When did communalism as an ideology gain a foothold in the country? How and when did the patriarchal system begin to support a culture of violence against women? Historian Romila Thapar has investigated, analyzed, and interpreted the history that underlies such questions throughout her career. Through the incisive essays in The Past as Present, she argues that it is of critical importance for the Indian past to be carefully and rigorously explained if the legitimacy of the present, wherever it derives from the past, is to be portrayed as accurately as possible. This is particularly crucial given the attempts by unscrupulous politicians, religious fundamentalists, and their ilk to wilfully misrepresent and manipulate the past in order to serve their present-day agendas. This book is an essential and necessary book at a time when sectarianism, false nationalism, and the muddying of historical facts are increasingly becoming a feature of our public, private, and intellectual lives."--
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Thapar, Romila
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
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  • Nationalism
  • India
  • India
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The past as present : forging contemporary identities through history, Romila Thapar
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
pt. I. History and the public. 1. Interpretations of early Indian history ; Historical perspectives of nation-building ; 3. Of histories and identities ; 4. In defence of history ; 5. Writing history textbooks: a memoir ; 6. Glimpses of a possible history from below: early India -- pt. II. Concerning religion and history. 7. Communalism: a historical perspective ; 8. Religion and the secularizing of Indian society ; 9. Syndicated Hinduism -- pt. III. Debates. 10. Which of us are Aryans ; 11. Dating the epics ; 12. The epic of the Bharatas ; 13. The Ramayana syndrome ; 14. In defence of the variant ; 15. Historical memory without history ; 16. The many narratives of Somanatha -- pt. IV. Our women-then and now. 17. Women in the Indian past ; 18. Becoming a Sati - the problematic widow ; 19. Rape within a cycle of violence
Control code
on1111327057
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiv, 329 pages;
Isbn
9780857426444
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1111327057
Label
The past as present : forging contemporary identities through history, Romila Thapar
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I. History and the public. 1. Interpretations of early Indian history ; Historical perspectives of nation-building ; 3. Of histories and identities ; 4. In defence of history ; 5. Writing history textbooks: a memoir ; 6. Glimpses of a possible history from below: early India -- pt. II. Concerning religion and history. 7. Communalism: a historical perspective ; 8. Religion and the secularizing of Indian society ; 9. Syndicated Hinduism -- pt. III. Debates. 10. Which of us are Aryans ; 11. Dating the epics ; 12. The epic of the Bharatas ; 13. The Ramayana syndrome ; 14. In defence of the variant ; 15. Historical memory without history ; 16. The many narratives of Somanatha -- pt. IV. Our women-then and now. 17. Women in the Indian past ; 18. Becoming a Sati - the problematic widow ; 19. Rape within a cycle of violence
Control code
on1111327057
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiv, 329 pages;
Isbn
9780857426444
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1111327057

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