• SAHMAT Statement on Bipan Chandra’s Communalism: A Primer

    September 7, 2016

    Image courtesy National Book Trust

    Professor Bipan Chandra was not only one of India’s foremost historians, but also one of the most uncompromising defenders of the secular and democratic cause in this country. As Chairman of the National Book Trust (NBT), he breathed a new life into it.

    We are shocked to learn that the very National Book Trust over which he presided, has revoked the reprint order for the Hindi version of his book, Communalism: A Primer; it is reported that the English and Urdu versions of the book are also being withdrawn.

    Such action on part of the NBT is a gross violation of freedom of views, and amounts in effect to the assumption that communalism is now the official doctrine of the country and that no criticism of it or its practitioners can be permitted.

    As academics and citizens, we fear that such actions as that of the NBT in respect of Bipan Chandra’s book portend the imposition of an authoritarian regime. We, therefore, demand that the NBT repeal its ban on Communalism: A Primer, and continue to reprint and publish it.   

    Signatories 

    Irfan Habib, AMU, Aligarh
    Romila Thapar, JNU, New Delhi
    D.N. Jha, Delhi University (DU)
    Prabhat Patnaik, JNU
    K.N. Panikkar, JNU
    Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, JNU
    J.V.Naik, Bombay University
    Ravi Ahuja, Gottingen, Germany
    Shireen Moosvi, AMU
    Jane Ohlmeyer, Trinity College, Dublin
    Rajan Gurukkal, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam
    Kesavan Veluthat, DU
    Sukhmani Bal Riar, Punjab University, Chandigarh
    Ajay Patnaik, JNU
    Shantha Sinha, HCU
    Erhan Dogan, Turkey
    Arjun Dev, NCERT
    V Krishna Ananth, Sikkim Central University
    Mridula Mukherjee, JNU
    Salil Misra, Ambedkar University, AU
    Vivan Sundaram
    C.P.Chandrasekhar, JNU
    Harsh Mander, Centre for Equity Studies
    Sajal Nag, Assam University, Silchar
    Aditya Mukherjee JNU
    K.L. Tuteja (IIAS, Shimla)
    Bhupendra Yadav, Azim Premji University, APU
    Sarvani Gooptu, Netaji Institue for Asian Studies
    Gopinath Ravindran, Jamia Millia Islamia
    Sebastian Joseph, UCC, Kerala
    Shabnam Hashmi, Anhad
    Peter Pozefsky, Wooster College, USA
    Thierry Costanzo, Strasbourg University, France
    Geeta Kapur
    Sohail Hashmi
    Indu Chandrashekhar, Tulika Press
    Abhijit Sarkar, Oxford
    Alex Tickell, Open University, Walton Hall, UK
    Ania Loomba, Univ of Pennsylvania, USA
    Iqtidar Alam Khan, AMU
    Ishrat Alam, AMU
    Ramesh Rawat, AMU
    Nadeem Rezavi, AMU
    Pradeep K. Saxena, AMU
    Jawed Akhtar, AMU
    T. N. Satheesan, AMU
    Kranti Pal, AMU
    Shamim Akhtar, AMU
    Vijay Bisaria, AMU
    Ved Prakash, AMU
    Indira Arjun Dev, NCERT
    Himanshu, JNU
    Udaya Kumar, JNU
    Saradindu Bhaduri, JNU
    Mohan Rao, JNU
    Jayati Ghosh, JNU
    Ayesha Kidwai, JNU
    Rajat Datta, JNU
    Surajit Das, JNU
    P. Billimale, JNU
    Neeladri Bhattacharya, JNU
    KJ Mukherjee, JNU
    Kunal Chakrabarti, JNU
    Rakesh Batabyal, JNU
    Dhruv Rainz, JNU
    Hemant Adlakha, JNU
    Sucheta Mahajan, JNU
    Bhagwan Josh, JNU
    Jyoti Atwal, JNU
    Urmimala Sarkar, JNU
    Supriya Varma, JNU
    Rajan Kumar, JNU
    Ira Bhaskar, JNU
    R Mahalakshmi, JNU
    Deepak Kumar, JNU
    V V Krishna, JNU
    Surajit Mazumdar, JNU
    Ranjani Mazumdar, JNU
    Brahma Prakash, JNU
    Sangeeta Dasgupta, JNU
    Biswajit Dhar, JNU
    Nivedita Menon, JNU
    Shukla Sawant, JNU
    Susan Vishwanathan, JNU
    Burton Cleetus, JNU
    Najaf Haider, JNU
    Anvinash, JNU
    Rohit, JNU
    K.M. Shrimali, DU
    Amar Farooqui, DU
    B.P. Sahu, DU
    Biswamoy Pati, DU
    Prabhu Mohapatra, DU
    Yasser Arafat, DU
    Shamsul Islam, DU
    Shubhra Chakrabarti, DU
    Shobhana Warrier, DU
    Maya John, DU
    Christhu Doss, DU
    Richa Raj, DU
    Saurabh Bajpai, DU
    Amita Paliwal, DU
    Amit K. Suman , DU
    Ranjana Das, DU
    Gulzar Hussain, DU
    Rajesh, DU
    V.K.Dixit, DU
    Mukul Chaturvedi, DU
    Vibha Iyer, DU
    Sangeeta Kumari, DU
    Tanu Parashar, DU
    Shams Tabrez, DU
    Gagan Preet Singh, DU
    Alok Bajpai, JNU
    Shashi Bhushan Deo,JNU
    Akanksha Kumar, JNU
    Sukanya Kanarally, JNU
    Kashmir Dhankar, JNU
    Shubhneet Kaushik, JNU
    Sudha Tiwari, JNU
    Sayandeb Chowdhury, AU
    Bodh Prakash, AU
    Rukmini Sen, AU
    Virendra Yadav
    R. P. Bahuguna, Jamia Millia Islamia
    Amman Madan, APU
    Manu Mathai, APU
    Suraj Jacob, APU
    Gayatri Menon, APU
    Jyotirmaya Sharma ,HCU
    Atlury Murali, HCU
    David Thomas
    Chandana Dey, Editor, Social Science Press
    Jaques Pouchepadass, Pondicherry
    Anna Bryson, Queens University, Belfast
    Felix Padel, JNIAS
    Ahona Panda, Chicago University
    Dr Vinita Damodaran, Sussex University


    Published with minor edits made for clarity.

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