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Pakistani Historiography

  I would like to discuss history writing in Pakistan, the different interpretations offered in the history textbooks of Pakistan. Just after Partition, the question for the ruling classes and for the Pakistani state was: How do we interpret the history of this country? There...
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Examining Narratives on South Asian Past in Textbooks of Bangladesh ‘Are textbooks like autobiographies of nations?’

Since we are talking about textbooks and nationalist imaginations and nationalist ideology, I thought about beginning with one of the most obvious historical facts about South Asia—that nation states are a very new occurrence. Historically speaking, both as an idea and as well as historical...
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Communal Identities in the Historiography of Early India: A Preliminary Note

‘In fact, it would be no exaggeration to suggest that the communal interpretation of history has been the main ideology of communalism in India; without it little would be left of communal ideology.’ Bipan Chandra (1984: 209) ‘No conscientious historian should aid the enchainment of...
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Salient Features of the Current History Textbooks of the NCERT

This is a significant conference precisely because it looks at contestations and it looks at the interplay between nationalism and the nation state and national histories and contestations. As I said, in the question that I asked in the earlier session, is it possible for...
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Keynote address- Urvashi Butalia

Basically, despite the mistrust that traditional historians have of oral history and I know that some of them are in this room… and they don’t trust oral history and people’s testimonies for their supposed lack of factuality and the fact that there is no, within...
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Remembering and Teaching a Violent Past: Choices, Challenges and Chances

Today I would like to share with you some reflections on the rather fundamental question whether and how textbook revision can contribute to reconciliation in post-conflict societies. How can we come to terms with a violent past? How do we arrive at narratives of remembering...
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Teaching Contested Histories

The narratives prescribed in school textbooks are often limi...

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Food and Familiarity

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Disease and Suffering: Afterthoughts

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Bollywood: Maker or Mirror?

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