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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
Where do Indian Muslims come from: RSS' Ghar Wapsi rests on a colonial history of conversion

Dec 16, 2014

Where do Indian Muslims come from: RSS' Ghar Wapsi rests on a colonial history of conversion

Critics of the Sanghs imagining of the idyllic past point to the presence of Muslims and Christians in large numbers to ask: If the past was perfect, then why did a large segment of Indias population leave Hinduism to embrace Islam or Christianity? #Hinduism #Sangh Parivar #Muslim #Christianity #Conversion #Mughals #Indian history #ghar wapsi #Muslim conversions
Liberals beware: Modi govt is Sanghs stepping stone to social, cultural domination

Nov 26, 2014

Liberals beware: Modi govt is Sanghs stepping stone to social, cultural domination

The RSS would be doubly impressed with Modi because unlike BJP leaders who see Hindutva as a distinct and separate driving force, Modi seeks to dovetail it to good governance, inclusive growth and development and establish a synonymity between the two. #history #HowThisWorks #India #BJP #Education #Culture #Modi #RSS #liberals #Dinanath Batra #World Hindu Congress

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FIFA World Cup History Just Fontaine's unbreakable record

May 09, 2014

FIFA World Cup History Just Fontaine's unbreakable record

Just Fontaine however holds the record for the highest number of goals scored in a single tournament: representing France at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, Fontaine scored 13 as Les Bleus finished third in Scandinavia. #Sports #World Cup #Brazil #France #football #KickingAround #2014 FIFA World Cup #World Cup History #Just Fontaine #13 #1958 World Cup
Pulping Doniger's book Will publishers only print 'safe' books?

Feb 27, 2014

Pulping Doniger's book Will publishers only print 'safe' books?

Will no one be able to question conventional wisdom about history, politics and mythology? Will no one be able to expose the wrong-doings of politicians and corporate leaders? #Internet #InMyOpinion #Penguin #research #Academia #Freedom of Expression #Right wing group #religious sentiments #Wendy Doniger #The Hindus: An Alternative History