Mahatma Gandhi's English roots - Koenraad Elst, Pioneer
In his youth, Gandhi was influenced by Jain and Vaishnava saints, but as an adult, he mainly took inspiration from Christian writers like Leo Tolstoy and befriended Westerners like architect Hermann Kallenbach. The Mahatma’s ‘Englishness’ has largely been ignored in post-Independence India.
Between history and mythology - Harbans Mukhia, The Hindu-Jul 16, 2014
This dichotomy also places them in a hierarchy, with history being ... Positivism had, during the eighteenth century and down to much of the ...
History wars - Meghnad Desai, Indian Express
Dr James Ussher was a very famous Bible scholar. Counting the generations listed in the chapter of Genesis, he calculated that God created the world in 4004 BC. He was accurate in his calculations with the Bible, but wrong about history. Even to this day, those Christians who deny Darwin cite Dr Ussher.
Spectacular success of cultural nationalism - Balbir Punj, Pioneer
The most interesting part about last Sunday’s FIFA World Cup final match was that the winning German team’s critical goal was made out of a pass hit by one of its three substitute players, and even the strike that put Germany on the top was by yet another substitute. In fact, Germany had three substitute players in that game.
Globalisation, nations and taxes - Deepak Lal, Business Standard
In his Imagined Communities, the political scientist Benedict Anderson identifies four waves of nationalism. The first was the "creole" wars of liberation in North and South America, prompted by the policy of the European powers of barring the entry of the "creole" elite to higher official and political office in the metropole, even as the "peninsular" had access to high positions in both the colonies and the metropole.
Civilisational truths about India - Koenraad Elst, Pioneer
India’s biggest neighbour is re-thinking its own identity. In this context, Zhang Weiwei’s path-breaking book, The China Wave: Rise of a Civilizational State (World Century, Shanghai 2011), deserves to be discussed in detail and with respect to its China-centric purpose: To give China’s remarkable progress an ideological consistency and justification.
On the politics of ‘Hindu History’ - Koenraad Elst, CentreRight
One of the first important nominations by the Narendra Modi government is the appointment of the retired History professor, Yellapragada Sudershan Rao, as head of the Indian Council of Historical Research. As I could see from spontaneous comments appearing in my mailbox, Hindu-minded historians and intellectuals tend to be very disappointed by this. To them, this nomination amounts to the waste of a beautiful and rare opportunity to achieve an overhaul of the apparently never-ending Marxist dominance in the sectors concerned with Indian history. They consider Rao unfit for the job: too old to provide the dynamic leadership that is needed to affect real change (the RSS gerontocrats clearly wanted to reward one of their own kind), and especially, too associated with the caricature version of “rewriting Indian history”.
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