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An excerpt from 'The Hour Before Dawn': Playing football in the time of Babri Masjid

Dec 21, 2014

An excerpt from 'The Hour Before Dawn': Playing football in the time of Babri Masjid

Editors Note: Ajaz Ashrafs novel, 'The Hour Before Dawn', published by Harper Collins, narrates the thought-provoking and suspenseful story of a terminally ill mans search for the person who claims to write Indias Secret History, the pages of which appear on the walls of Delhis residential neighbourhoods, dividing its people as never before. Four weeks before the Babri Masjid is demolished, Delhi wakes up to accounts of Indias Secret History, pasted on the walls of the citys residential neighbourhoods, dividing its people as never before. That division is mirrored in a school football match which suddenly turns into a game between Muslims and Hindus. #Babri Masjid #BookExcerpt #RSS #Hindus #Muslims #Babri Demolition #Football match #Secret History
Aatish Taseer's new novel: Sanskrit, history and our 'embarrassment with Indian things'

Dec 18, 2014

Aatish Taseer's new novel: Sanskrit, history and our 'embarrassment with Indian things'

These days there's much debate about the glories of ancient India from plastic surgery to television for our rishis. On the other hand there's a Lutyens elite that seem clueless about the past. Aatish Taseer's new novel The Way Things Were uses fiction to have a conversation about this contested idea of what India means to Indians. #India #Narendra Modi #BookExcerpt #Aatish Taseer #Sanskrit #Indian history #The Way Things Were #Aatish Taseer's new novel
Czech homowners uncover tefillin hidden by Jews during WWII in their attic

Dec 16, 2014

Czech homowners uncover tefillin hidden by Jews during WWII in their attic

House owners rebuilding their attic in the Czech town of Terezin have found photos, shoes and other possessions of Jews forced into a ghetto there under Nazi rule. #Books #NewsTracker #homes #Nazi #Jews #town #czech #Terezin #tefellin #attics
And then I fainted: Survivors remember rape during the Bangladesh War

Dec 14, 2014

And then I fainted: Survivors remember rape during the Bangladesh War

In his book The Colonel Who Would Not Repent about the Bangladesh war and its legacy, Salil Tripathi devotes a chapter to the stories of the women who were raped during Bangladesh's freedom struggle. #Bangladesh #Rape #BookExcerpt #Salil Tripathi #1971 war crimes in Bangladesh #rape survivors #The Colonel Who Would Not Repent

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Why we can't blame just Penguin for pulping Doniger's book

Feb 16, 2014

Why we can't blame just Penguin for pulping Doniger's book

We must not blame the law here. The problem is expecting that a benevolent and broadminded judiciary will thread the needle. #Books #India #ToTheContrary #Penguin #Wendy Doniger #The Hindus: An Alternative History #Section 295 A
Wendy Doniger controversy When did Hinduism become so intolerant?

Feb 11, 2014

Wendy Doniger controversy When did Hinduism become so intolerant?

Intolerance in Islam and Christianity is an established fact. But we are seeing the emergence of intolerance of Hinduism. #ThatsJustWrong #Books #Censorship #Penguin #Penguin India #Wendy Doniger #Wendy Doniger: The Hindus