Scientific and Political Claims in the Rewriting of Indian History

Michael Gottlob

in History and Politics in Post-Colonial India

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780198072485
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080731 | DOI:
Scientific and Political Claims in the Rewriting of Indian History

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This chapter gives an overview of the chain of public controversies about the interpretation of history. At the same time it systematically investigates the interrelations between the cognitive and practical aspects of historical culture. While conflicting parties contrast their own adherence to scientific objectivity with their adversaries’ alleged politicization of history, the chapter concludes that all versions are integral parts of historical knowledge itself. From the first textbook controversy in 1977 to the Ayodhya campaign and the Ram Sethu controversy it analyses the different aspects of these debates and their implications in the political life of India.

Keywords: textbook controversy; historiography; Indian history; methodical research; Ayodhya campaign; Ram Sethu

Chapter.  34414 words. 

Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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