Essay

Politics of history

Print edition : September 28, 2018

The Babri Masjid in 1992. Photo: Subir Roy

The Somnath temple, near Veraval in Saurashtra, some 350 km from Ahmedabad. Photo: Sam Panthaky/AFP

Governor General Lord Ellenborough. In 1842, he drew up an address to the princes and people of India relating to the Somnath temple.

Thomas Babington Macaulay. In his speech in the House of Commons on March 9, 1843, he excoricated Ellenborough with all the force of his legendary eloquence. Photo: Macaulay

The Sangh Parivar is at war with India’s history, which is in no small measure aided by the British rulers’ interpretations and interventions. The Somnath temple and Babri Masjid controversies are cases in point.
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