‘Home to all the major religions, India is also, inevitably, host to virtually every type of religious fanatic…’
No other nation has witnessed as much proselytization or heard as many war cries in the name of God as has India. Hindus have fought Muslims. Christians have sought to convert animists, Sikhs have armed themselves against Muslims, and Muslims have declared jihad on the kind of Hindu that took delight in the demolition of the Babri mosque. Here in India, writes journalist Edna Fernandes. there is evidence that every religion can be hijacked by the forces of fundamentalism.
Fernandes travels to the country’s recent and past theatres of fundamentalism from Kashmir to Gujarat, Punjab to Goa to meet the generals and foot soldiers of communal wars, and lets their rage and rhetoric speak for them. The Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid calls upon his co-religionists to form militant squads to combat persecution by Hindus. In Nagaland?as in Kashmir?what was once a political insurgency is now a holy war, and armed Baptists demand a separate homeland for Christ. Twenty years after the storming of the Golden Temple and the anti-Sikh riots, an Akali leader in Amritsar cannot forgive, and speaks of continuing the fight for Sikh honour-‘Sometimes through the pen. Sometimes down the barrel of a gun.’ And in shakhas across India, Hindu hardliners ready themselves for the final solution: ethnic cleansing.
There are as many stories of prejudice and violence in these pages as there are of insecurity and despair. But they are told by an investigative writer who has readied ISBN: 9780670058709 Publisher: PENGUIN BOOK INDIA Subtitle: A JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF INDIAN FUNDAMENTALISM Author: EDNA FERNANDES
In this remarkable and pathbreaking book, Manan Ahmed Asif peels back layer after layer of the colonial histories of Hindustan. The result is a redical rethink of colonial historiography and a compelling argument for the reassessment of the historical tradition of Hindustan. MAHMOOD MAMDANI, author of Neither Settler nor Native
The Loss of Hindustan takes us far beyond critiques of majoritarian nationalisms buttressed by colonial epistemology and reintroduces us to alternative histories of India that once circulated globally. Manan Ahmed Asif has given us nothing short of a master class in the ethics of history writing, illuminating the path to a South Asian future free of intercommunal prejudice and the oppression of minorities. CEMIL AYDIN, author of The Idea of the Muslim World
A sharp, gripping book. Asif eloquently revitalizes Firishta’s Hindustan while also uncovering the colonial epistemologies that sought to efface it. The Loss of Hindustan is at once a reflection on a place imagined, remembered, and forgotten and a powerful affirmation of the historian’s task in our present world. SUPRIYA GANDHI, author of The Emperor Who Never Was
How has the great Indo-Islamic tradition of history-writing been used and misused, bowdlerized or simply effaced, in more recent times? Manan Ahmed Asif delves deep into this question by focusing on the legacy of the important Deccani historian Muhammad Qasim Firishta, a contemporary of Akbar and Jahangir. This is a significant contribution to intellectual history, as well as to the long-term political and cultural history of South Asia. SANJAY SUBRAHMANYAM, author of Europe’s India ISBN: 9789697834518 Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS Subtitle: THE INVENTION OF INDIA Author: MANAN AHMED ASIF