(For Isha) This morning, Romila Thapar, Professor Emeritus at Jawaharlal Nehru University delivered a talk on Knowledge of the past before us, at IISc. Having bought her recently published book The Past as Present: Forging Contemporary Identities Through History I was interested in her views on the methodological aspects of knowledge production. Also, that she … Continue reading Knowledge of the past before us – History & Methodology
In the school where I teach, the teachers hold a very diverse range of views about the role of a school in a child's life. What must school stand for and what areas of the child' s life must the school be concerned with. Those who run the school - the management folks, stand at … Continue reading Education in pre-colonial India: Dharampal’s The Beautiful Tree
This was brewing for sometime now, with last evening's conversation with an art historian bringing it all to a churn. Turns out that her father wrote for the legendary Awadh Punch, a satirical Urdu weekly published from Lucknow, which began in 1877. It was edited by Munshi Sajjad Hussain. Recollecting stories of the post-independence days in India, … Continue reading Awadh Punch: India’s Charlie Hebdo of Past
End of the year reflections are a moment to look back at the trail again. Writing suffered in the second half of 2014. This has been an overriding concern. But at its cost I could give a start to my teaching career.