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

A+| A| A-

Colonial Episteme, Political Forgetting, and the Quest for Decolonising History

The Loss of Hindustan: The Invention of India by Manan Ahmed Asif, London: Harvard University Press, 2020; pp 321, 599.

 

History is haunted by the dread of erasure. This profound work of historical retrieval adds extraordinary depth to our understanding of the relationship between history and the sociopolitical consciousness in modern nation states in the Indian subcontinent. This relationship between the past and the present is premised

on the ethical responsibility of the historian in their pursuit of truth and the intrumentalisation of that narrative in the politics of statecraft. In his book, The Loss of Hindustan: The Invention of India, historian Manan Ahmed Asif explores this fragile relationship by contextualising the reading of histories of native historians like Muhammad Qasim Firishtas Tarikh-i-Firishta (The History by Firishta), a 17th-century comprehensive history of Hindustan, in the political and social undercurrents of modern South Asia that continue to grapple with questions of history, identity, and belonging.

Dear Reader,

To continue reading, become a subscriber.

Explore our attractive subscription offers.

Click here

Or

To gain instant access to this article (download).


Pay
INR 59

(Readers in India)


Pay
$ 6

(Readers outside India)

Published On : 17th Jan, 2024

Support Us

Your Support will ensure EPW’s financial viability and sustainability.

The EPW produces independent and public-spirited scholarship and analyses of contemporary affairs every week. EPW is one of the few publications that keep alive the spirit of intellectual inquiry in the Indian media.

Often described as a publication with a “social conscience,” EPW has never shied away from taking strong editorial positions. Our publication is free from political pressure, or commercial interests. Our editorial independence is our pride.

We rely on your support to continue the endeavour of highlighting the challenges faced by the disadvantaged, writings from the margins, and scholarship on the most pertinent issues that concern contemporary Indian society.

Every contribution is valuable for our future.