Writing Indian History : A View from Below

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Author: Achuthan M. Kandyil

818560472X | HB | pp. 460 | 2009 | Bhatkal and Sen

Writing Indian History presents an alternative, even iconoclastic, view of Indian history.

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This comprehensive history of India, from ancient to modern times, presents an alternative, even iconoclastic, view. Arguing that the history written by professional historians has been strongly influenced by their concept of Hinduism, caste and its implications, or by an over-dependence on Marxism, and their upper caste status, Achuthan M. Kandyil urges that it is time that the counter view of the lower castes cannot be considered.

Achuthan deconstructs the intellectual labour of iconic scholars and personalities like S. Radhakrishnan, M. N. Srinivas, Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi, among others, to show how they supported the caste system, albeit condemning its excesses.

Challenging orthodox interpretations, and more radical ones, Achuthan raises many key questions on what is history and how it is written.

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Author:

Achuthan M. Kandyil

ISBN:

818560472X

Publisher:

Bhatkal and Sen

Binding:

Hardback

Pages:

460

Year of Publication:

2009

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

The author was an engineer with All India Radio for 18 years until 1972 when he joined the faculty at Grambling State University, USA. He lives in the USA.

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