ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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When It Is Time for an Idea

The multicultural enclaves and plurilateral overlaps resulting from constant cultural transactions and change, which defi ne the idea of India today, it is argued, dates back to the early medieval times, spanning the mid-fi rst to the mid-second millennium CE. Flowing from it, the author urges the recognition of “the early medieval origins of India,” replacing earlier constructions, howsoever cherished. The shift in the discursive ground in recent times and emerging consensus needs appreciation.

Demystifying Indian Culture and Heritage

Indian Cultures as Heritage: Contemporary Pasts by Romila Thapar, New Delhi: Aleph Book Company, 2018; pp xl + 222, ₹ 599.

Writing Alternative Histories

Since the 1990s, historiography in India has experienced a shift which has led to directing academic focus on different regions in the country. This historiography shared its predecessor's concern with social and economic processes but departs from the latter in identifying trajectories of transformations in regions, subregions and localities. This article describes some of the landmarks that marked this shift towards regional history and also engages with the seminal works that marked this endeavour.

Joining the Debate on Caste

I enjoyed reading Sumit Guha’s article, “States, Tribes, Castes: A Historical Re-exploration in Comparative Perspective” (EPW, 21 November 2015). The overall argument of the article is fine. However, there are some issues with it that need to be addressed more clearly. The formation of janapadas/...
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