Somanatha  - The Many Voices of a History

Somanatha - The Many Voices of a History (English, Paperback, Romila Thapar,)

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Somanatha - The Many Voices of a History  (English, Paperback, Romila Thapar,)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd
    • Genre: Education
    • ISBN: 9780143064688, 0143064681
    • Pages: 280
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    In 1026, Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni raided the Hindu temple of Somanatha (Somnath in textbooks of the colonial period). The story of the raid has reverberated in Indian history, but largely during the raj. It was first depicted as a trauma for the Hindu population not in India, but in the House of Commons. The triumphalist accounts of the event in Turko-Persian chronicles became the main source for most eighteenth-century historians. It suited everyone and helped the British to divide and rule a multi-millioned subcontinent. In her new book, Romila Thapar, the doyenne of Indian historians, reconstructs what took place by studying other sources, including local Sanskrit inscriptions, biographies of kings and merchants of the period, court epics and popular narratives that have survived. The result is astounding and undermines the traditional version of what took place. What makes her findings explosive is the fact that the current Hindu nationalist regime in India constantly utilizes a particular version of history
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    • June
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    • Romila Thapar was born in India in 1931 and comes from a Punjabi family, spending her early years in various parts of India. She took her first degree from Punjab University and her doctorate from London University. She was appointed to a Readership at Delhi University and subsequently to the Chair in Ancient Indian History at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where she is now Emeritus Professor in History. Romila Thapar is also an Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and has been Visiting Professor at Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania as well as the Collge de France in Paris. In 1983 she was elected General President of the Indian History Congress and in 1999 a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.
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    • B.A(History)
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    Good Work

    I am not judging the book here...Its definitely a good read and a nice piece of research work that India must really be proud off ! Impressive writing :)
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    Vani Lakshmi

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    Nov, 2013

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    Mind-blowing purchase

    Perfect book to understand the misconceptions about muhmad guzanavi and his role in the distruction of temple
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    RAYEES AHMAD MIR

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    Nov, 2017

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    Totally biased , point of view

    she belongs to the "elite" anti India class which had closed its ranks against any other rational point of view, she ruled the roost n we were fed just one side of history all our schooldays.
    still remember after finding a very photogenic Nehru atop a pony during spanish revolution and wondering ,how the heck this photo op helped the revolution?
    pl do not buy her biased view n help India haters
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    shweta sikarwar

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    Wide sources but seems premeditated.

    Overall give multiple side perspectives. surprised at a strong comment from such a historian...! Treating Gujarat roits as "genocide"(page 194). Its critical for a secular society to visit / revisit historical validites and Here the author does a good job. Nevertheless a above average read.
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    Milind Pathak

    Jun, 2012

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    Wonderful

    This is a secular book to know the real history of India.
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    Jahidul Hassan

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    Super!

    Nice book
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    Good quality product

    Good nice !!
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