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Teaching of History and Nation-Building

Prejudice and Pride: School Histories of the Freedom Struggle in India and Pakistan by Krishna Kumar; Viking, New Delhi, 2001; pp 274, Rs 395.

Honour, Gender and the Legend of Meera Bai

The 'Rajput' period in Indian history represents that interlude which evolved beliefs and practices that endowed a distinctive character to female honour - which linked the purity and honour of the clan itself with women's sexuality. The story of Meera Bai presents in a way the most flagrant violation of this Rajput notion of dishonour. This essay probes at the contradictions that Meera Bai embodies. Hers was a rebellion against conventional restrictive norms that sought to regulate and control women's lives, and Meera was condemned by feudal society for such acts of deviation, yet Meera still remains honoured and revered and till date survives in the cultural consciousness of the people.

Of Religious Traditions

Charisma and Canon: Essays on the Religious History of the Indian Subcontinent edited by Vasudha Dalmia, Angelika Malinar and Martin Christof; Oxford University Press, Delhi, 2001; pp x + 461; Rs 650.

Pilgrim's Progress

The Unknown Hsuan-tsang edited by D Devahuti; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2001; pp xxix + 185, Rs 495.

Understanding Islam and Its Influences

Essays on Islam and Indian History by Richard M Eaton, Oxford University Press, 2000, Delhi, Rs 595, pp x+275.

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