The past as present

Print edition : December 08, 2017

A late 18th century oil portrait of Tipu Sultan done by G.F. Cherry. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Corporation workers erasing the old writing on a signboard for what used to be Aurangzeb Road, Delhi, on the night of September 4, 2015. Photo: SANDEEP SAXENA

Corporation workers repainting a signboard of the newly named A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Road, which was earlier known as Aurangzeb Road, in New Delhi in September 2015. Photo: ATUL YADAV/PTI

The Taj Mahal, revered as one of the wonders of the world, has been at the centre of some controversy in recent months. Photo: KAMAL KISHORE/PTI

The attacks on medieval Muslim rulers by the Hindu right wing constitute not only an attempt to rewrite the past but also to interpret the present in a way that demonises Muslims and their culture.
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