Irfan Habib

‘Nation’s mental make-up may suffer grievously’

Print edition : October 16, 2015

Professor Irfan Habib delivering a lecture in New Delhi on November 22, 2014. Photo: S. Subramanium

Miniature portrait of Aurangzeb at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. He was more complex than the fanatic that he is made out to be by Hindu right-wing historians.

Irfan Habib, the eminent historian, on how the present government’s large-scale project to saffronise history does not stand rigorous historical scrutiny and why the Hindu Right, given its record of submissiveness to the British during the national movement, needs to invent a glorious past for itself and the country.
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