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Whitewashing genocides: Why KS Lal’s claims of 80 million Hindus killed by Islamic barbarism hold water
Whitewashing genocide and atrocities against Hindus have always been a key symptom of history-phobia. It must be countered as strongly as KS Lal had done in the past
'Trying to rewrite history': Opposition slams Rajnath Singh's remarks on Gandhi and Savarkar
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi shared on Twitter a letter by Gandhi on 25 January, 1920 to Savarkar's brother regarding a case.
Sadia Delhvi, noted writer and activist, editor of Urdu women's journal Bano, dies at 63
Sadia Dehlvi, who hailed from the royal Shama family, edited Bano, an Urdu women's journal.
Historical Gastronomica, an Indus Valley dining experience: Why India’s Hindu Right must chew on its great meat hypocrisy
Contrary to how India advertises itself globally, Indians love their meat.
Lawyer sends notice to historian Irfan Habib for asking Amit Shah to remove 'Persian' last name, blaming Savarkar for dividing nation
Lawyer Sandeep Kumar Gupta sought a reply from Habib within seven days and asked him to publish an apology, warning him of strict legal action if not done so.
Wrong to look at protests against Citizenship Amendment Act merely as 'Muslim outrage', says historian Irfan Habib
The eminent historian said about the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act : 'this struggle is about India and about the future of democracy'.
'Shah is a Persian word, BJP should consider changing Amit Shah's name': Historian Irfan Habib takes jibe at party's name-changing spree
"Shah is a Persian word. And it is not derived from Sanskrit. They should first change his name before renaming cities," said professor Irfan Habib.
Exaggerations in history need to be removed from time to time, says historian and ICHR chief Arvind Jamkhedkar
The debate in the country on rewriting history is unnecessary as certain "exaggerations" need to be removed from time to time, ICHR chairman Arvind Jamkhedkar said
Padmavati controversy: History is at risk of being trapped between Left, Right interpretations of the past
After speaking to historians, it becomes clear that the Padmavati controversy is not just a battle over the past
Amartya Sen's documentary: Romila Thapar, Shyam Benegal condemn CBFC's 'diktat' to mute 'cow, Gujarat'
Historians Romila Thapar and Irfan Habib, filmmaker Shyam Benegal and others condemned the stalling of a documentary on Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen.
Where is CPM heading? To oblivion, if the Habibs' letter is any indicator
When a couple in its eighties chooses to write a letter to the CPM, a communist party it has loyally served for over six decades, it calls for immediate attention
Left historians prevented resolution of Babri Masjid dispute, says KK Mohammed, former ASI regional head
The allegation made by Dr KK Muhammed, former Regional Director(North) of Archaeological Survey of India, in his autobiography titled Njan Enna Bharatiyan (I an Indian) in Malayalam also claim that remains of a Hindu temple were found during the excavation made by a team of archaeologists headed by Professor BB Lal, then director general of the Archaeological Survey of India during 1976-77, in which he was also a member.
Why fuss so much when intolerance is not new; it’s been around since 1947
When offenders go unpunished and live to offend again, the perception of intolerance grows, both bigger and uglier. The proponents of award-wapsi would have been more credible, but they don’t always get it right.
Nehru's legacy violently misrepresented today, says historian Irfan Habib
Irfan Habib took a dig at detractors of Jawaharlal Nehru saying people whose ideological ancestors had no role in the national movement are trying to negate the role and contribution of the first PM.
Here's why Irfan Habib and the Hindu fringe are mirror images of each other
It is interesting that Habib wants to compare Hindu right wing group with the loathsome Islamic State whose atrocities have known no bounds. He could easily have compared the RSS to the Jamait-e-Islami, or even a Tablighi Jamaat, or even the MIM (a combination of religion and politics), or some such cultural organisation that wants to consolidate co-religionists on the basis of an imagined unifying idea. But he chose Islamic State.
Here’s why PM Modi should not ignore Arun Shourie’s 'sour-grapes' jihad
Predictably enough, the BJP has dismissed Arun Shourie's diatribe as the ravings of someone who is not even a member of the party as he had not renewed his membership and were caused by “the pain of not being in government” or in any key position.
Congress, Left join hands to protest intolerance: Is it time for NDA to change DNA?
Instead of going into at least a debate, the representatives of the government have gone to the extreme of dismissing the voices of dissent against intolerance towards a certain ideology, food habits and even religion and caste. And while it keeps talking about development, what they fail to see is that development is not just numbers.