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Updated: Dec 5, 2020

Myth and the Making of the Indian nation

Akbar the ‘good’ Mughal, tolerant patron of arts, Aurangzeb the ‘bad’ Mughal, despotic communalist tyrant—the historical figure of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and the myth of ‘Mahatma’—the heroism of Netaji against the ‘weak failure’ Gandhi. What goes into the construction of ideology, what does power have to do with myth making, how can teachers accommodate voices from the margins in classroom teaching practices, do new social movements challenge myth construction or create their own?

History for Peace welcomes you to an interdisciplinary discussion by and for practicing social science teachers on the subject of ‘Myth and the Making of the Indian Nation’. Catch the conversation between veteran History teacher Priyadarshinee Guha and Sociology teacher/lecturer Dr Sreyasi Chatterjee here:


Looking Back through our Identities – Itihāsa Purāna : Aloka Parasher Sen

What can be done to achieve a continual dialogue between modern history writing and myth as modernity understands it? Listen to historian Aloka Parasher Sen here:

Some of the audience questions could not be accommodated in the session for lack of time. A transcript of the same along with the speaker’s responses can be found here. 


City Montessori School

The City Montessori School in Lucknow is the largest school in the world . . . but that’s not even why they’re famous. They pride themselves on their unique peace education program, which was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education in 2002.

What are some of their ideas?

In the first of a series of Podcasts, Joyeeta Dey, independent researcher at the History for Peace project, talks about the City Montessori’s Peace Studies approach for all their students.






Research, Script, Narration: Joyeeta Dey

Recorded at Seagull Sound by Varun Kishore.

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