Romila Thapar





Romila Thapar


Born
in Lucknow, India
November 30, 1931

Genre

Influences


Romila Thapar is an Indian historian and Professor Emeritus at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

A graduate from Panjab University, Dr. Thapar completed her PhD in the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

Her historical work portrays the origins of Hinduism as an evolving interplay between social forces. Her recent work on Somnath examines the evolution of the historiographies about the legendary Gujarat temple.

Thapar has been a visiting professor at Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the College de France in Paris. She was elected General President of the Indian History Congress in 1983 and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 1999.

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“The fundamental sanity of Indian civilization has been due to an absence of Satan.”
Romila Thapar, A History of India: v. 1

“Epic literature is not history but is again a way of looking at the past.”
Romila Thapar, The Penguin History of Early India: From the Origins to AD 1300

“Some have argued that as language is the medium of knowledge, that which comes in the form of language constitutes a text; since language is interpreted by the individual, the reading by the individual gives meaning to the text; therefore each time a text is read by a different individual it acquires a fresh meaning. Taken to its logical conclusion, this denies any generally accepted meaning of a text and is implicitly a denial of attempts at historical representation or claims to relative objectivity, since the meaning would change with each reading. However, the prevalent views are more subtle.”
Romila Thapar, The Penguin History of Early India: From the Origins to AD 1300

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