• The Past as Present

  • Forging Contemporary Identities Through History
  • By: Romila Thapar
  • Narrated by: Manisha Sethi
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Understanding our past is of critical importance to our present. Many popularly held views about the past need to be critically inquired into before they can be taken as historical. For instance, what was the aftermath of the raid on the Somanatha temple? Which of us is Aryan or Dravidian? Why is it important for Indian society to be secular? When did communalism as an ideology gain a foothold in the country? How and when did our patriarchal mindset begin to support a culture of violence against women? Why are the fundamentalists so keen to rewrite history textbooks?

The answers to these and similar questions have been disputed and argued about ever since they were first posed. Distinguished historian Romila Thapar has investigated, analyzed and interpreted the history that underlies such questions throughout her career; now, in this book, through a series of incisive essays she argues that it is of critical importance for the past to be carefully and rigorously explained, if the legitimacy of our present, wherever it derives from the past, is to be portrayed as accurately as possible. This is especially pertinent given the attempts by unscrupulous politicians, religious fundamentalists and their ilk to try and misrepresent and willfully manipulate the past in order to serve their present-day agendas.

An essential and necessary book at a time when sectarianism, bogus 'nationalism' and the muddying of historical facts are increasingly becoming a feature of our public, private and intellectual lives.

Romila Thapar is one of the most important indian academics writing today. Well-researched and thoroughly accessible, this volume is sure to become essential listening for those interested in Indian history and religion. It includes her experience of writing history textbooks for school, analysis of ancient history and interpretations of the epics, and the role history plays in contemporary politics.

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Excellent introduction to Indian historiography

Romila Thapar writes cogently and succinctly about the major historiographical issues driving popular ideas about Indian history. From the Aryan invasion myth to the dating of the Indian epics to the position of women in Indian society, the range and depth of her scholarship is staggering. The narrative by Manisha Sethi is a perfect pace for this well argued treatise.

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A great historian

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, presents a non-judgemental, unbiased approach to Indian history

What did you like best about this story?

Sound analytical framework.

What about Manisha Sethi’s performance did you like?

Clear intonation and maintains interest.

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