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The History of History: Politics and Scholarship in Modern India

Vinay Lal


History and historians in India have gained prominence in the public sphere in recent years. The undisputed ascendancy of history in modern India may be briefly gauged by two developments. The first was Amartya Sen's keynote address at the annual meeting of the Indian History Congress in early January 2001. Sen warned against the manipulation of history in the service of sectarian political interests, and the diminishing of India's ‘magnificently multireligious and heterodox history’ at the hands of bigots. The second was the controversy over the overt politicization of the Indian Council of H ... More

Keywords: history, India, historians, Amartya Sen, Indian History Congress, Indian Council of Historical Research, Hindutva, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195672442
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195672442.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vinay Lal, author
Associate Professor, Department of History, University of California, Los Angeles, USA