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

Articles By Historiography

Does Feminist Historiography Have An Emancipatory Potential?

Everyday acts of resilience of ordinary women do not necessarily aim to overthrow existing hierarchies and gendered oppressions. The article proposes a renewed understanding of resistance and in doing so, attempts to recover and recast notions of vulnerability and resilience as useful variables that we, in fact, inherit from existing feminist epistemological groundings. How does feminist scholarship engage with narratives that overlie vulnerabilities and contextual specificities, unable to be accommodated easily within the “sights” and “sites” of feminist resistance?

Past, Present, and Oral History

Oral history is an aid to movements for social justice across the world. It is particularly significant in countries like India where literacy levels are low and where memories of the oppressed are routinely erased from public memory. This article questions the presumed superiority of the written over the oral. It presents a critique of “establishment” historiography and suggests that historians should adopt a receptive and balanced approach to different forms of history. Oral history reorients the historian’s craft in interesting ways. The oral history method is crucial for capturing histories that flourish outside the dominant narratives of modern societies.

The Indian National Army

The Indian National Army usually evokes passionate responses in India. Its Commander-in-Chief Subhas Chandra Bose is the subject of several hagiographies and the army is often eulogised as the second front of the Indian Freedom Struggle. It has also been vilified by historians and writers who argue that the INA was an insignificant chapter in India's military history. This article lays down some historiographical observations on the INA as a prelude to a balanced and critical analysis of the outfit.