The Past as Present - Forging Contemporary Identities through History

The Past as Present - Forging Contemporary Identities through History (English, Hardcover, Thapar Romila)

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The Past as Present - Forging Contemporary Identities through History  (English, Hardcover, Thapar Romila)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Rupa
  • Genre: Fiction
  • ISBN: 9789383064014, 9789383064014
  • Pages: 344
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    The Past As Present in a work of history which examines the historical roots of the present through Romila Thapar's research.

    Summary of the Book

    In this collection of essays, Romila Thapar draws on her vast experience as a writer and historian by delving into the past for signs of the present. She reveals that much of what is going on has been foreshadowed in the pages of history. The current state of Indian violence against women draws its roots from the ancient patriarchal society. Just as strange is the idea that our Aryan or Dravidian heritage reveals a lot about our behaviour and culture. She also explores communalism and how India has evolved into a culture which is hardly secular through the centuries of communalism. She stresses, however, on secularism and how it is important especially to a country like ours with an explosion of people of all colour and races in one land. She addresses her views on nationalism and puts forth the idea that what is often perceived as nationalism is only a facade and historical facts are often muddled and blurred in the wake of elections and propaganda. An authoritative text, the book rigourously works through the centuries of Indian history and draws an intricate portrait throughout, a portrait which is wholly Indian.

    About Romila Thapar

    Romila Thapar is an Indian historian and Professor Emeritus at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is also the author of: Asoka and the Decline of the Mauryas, Recent Perspectives of Early Indian History, A History of India Volume One, and Early India: From the Origins to AD 1300.

    A graduate from Panjab University, Dr. Thapar completed her PhD in the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

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    • April
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    5

    Best in the market!

    This is a great book.Ignorant fanatics can never accept the truth.
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    Harmeet Singh Batra

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    Oct, 2016

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    Informative but biased

    Coming from Romila Thapar this book is very informative about the areas of conflict in interpretation of history that may arise from BJP coming to power. Whether Aryans were original residents of sub-continent, where one can put a date for Mahabharat and Ramayan, whether Somnath temple was destroyed not as a Hindru shrine, whether communalism is recent phenomenon etc. are intersting debates. But author comes across as biased and already stuck to leftist position. However, higly recommended r...
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    Debasish Mishra

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    Jul, 2014

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    Biased book, antiquated authorship!

    The author is well-known as a controversial, leftist activist! Sadly, the bias spills to the book where facts have been blatantly distorted to suit Romilla's own ideology!
    I am a fan of Atheism but not falsehood! Romilla , thanks to internet; many people are smarter and more informed that whatever the crap you write in your book. Sigh!
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    Amit Barnwal

    Dec, 2014

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    Utterly Disappointed

    very bad quality
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    Pallavi Saha

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    7 months ago

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    5

    Simply awesome

    Scientifically analyzed matured work on Indian history.
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    Prithwiraj Dutta

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    11 months ago

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    Value-for-money

    An very good book. A must read for an insight into ancient India.
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    SAIDEEP NAIK

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    Mar, 2019

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    5

    Terrific purchase

    great book 👌👍
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    kinjal kisku

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    Nov, 2018

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    5

    Best in the market!

    It is useful for NET exam of History
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    KRISHNA HAZRA

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    Oct, 2018

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    5

    Great product

    Book contains contents right from the Indo-Aryan and Harappan Civilisation.Must read book , if you want a deep insight about ancient India.
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    Vinit Kashyap

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    Sep, 2018

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    5

    Mind-blowing purchase

    wonderful book for any history student or history lover
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    Aug, 2018

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