ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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A Counterpoint of Preconceptions

Communalism and the Writing of Indian History by Romila Thapar Harbans Mukhia and Bipan Chandra; People's Publishing House ; THE dirty connotation acquired by the term communal seems to exercise an obsessive hold on the Indian mind. It shows how the reputation of a word, the result of a changing social or political reality, can limit, even vitiate, men's understanding of the reality itself. Two of the three articles in this collection give the impression that, to deny the existence of communalism is the best way to ensure secularism. This brings to mind Ernst Fischer's perspicacious observation that Marxists have erred fundamentally in ignoring religion as a motivating factor.

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