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The Historian and 'His' Others: A Response to Ramachandra Guha

Ramachandra Guha's positive reading of the mid-1950s legislation that made up the Hindu Code is a simple, feel-good, nationalist telling that is trite, conventional and utterly misleading. A significant body of research has argued that the "reformed" Hindu Code was not only very far from offering equal rights to women, it in fact took away many existing, more liberal customary provisions available to women of different communities and castes. Guha also offers a stereotypical division of the social sciences into History, Sociology, Political Science, etc. A number of scholars - the feminists being the first - have breached the disciplinary boundaries in the social sciences that were established in the 19th century. This is the first of three comments on Guha's article, 'The Challenge of Contemporary History' (June 28, 2008).

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