01 October, 2020

The Histories Of Hate

The Histories Of Hate
Hundreds of distinguished academics from across the world have rallied around historian Romila Thapar, while she faces yet another assault by "rightwing Hindutva forces". But this time it’s not the Union hrd ministry inspired ‘re-write history’ brigade that is targeting her. Instead, the scene of action has shifted to the US where pro-VHP NRI groups are running a campaign against Thapar being awarded the prestigious Kluge Chair at the Library of Congress in Washington. "She completely disavows that India ever had a history," says the petition. "The ongoing campaign by Thapar and others to discredit Hindu civilisation is a war of cultural genocide." Another signatory commented: "It’s a shame for the US and Indian government that a communist like Romila Thapar is having a free run."

In response, there’s been a global outrage. Academics all over the world have stood up in support of Thapar whose stature as a "great historian" is beyond doubt. Their signature campaign states that since the ’60s,...



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