15 June, 2021

'India's Two Great Emperors Were Both Non-Hindu'

On the Hindutva version of Indian history - and how India was never a Hindu rashtra.

Pradip Sen
'India's Two Great Emperors Were Both Non-Hindu'
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Though extremely busy with a workshop on 'education, equity and human security' in Calcutta, Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen still took time out to talk to Outlook, and articulate his views on the Hindutva version of Indian history. Sen had condemned the Babri Masjid demolition in 'Threat To Secular India', published in the New York Review shortly after the epoch-changing incident. Here he describes the Hindutva version of Indian history as sectarian and combative, and argues that India was never a Hindu rashtra. Excerpts from an exclusive interview with Subhoranjan Dasgupta:

In your address to the Calcutta History Congress last year, you described the spirit and discipline of history as 'capacious heterodoxy'. That's a wonderful expression. Could you please elaborate on it?
Well, I'm glad you like the expression. What I intended to say by that is that in order to study history, we have to have a sense of space—that there could be different ways of looking at past events and in case there are differences, we should be able to argue it...

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