Any institutions in India which patronize right wing historiography

Nov 2012
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What options are available in India if someone wants to become a right wing history scholar. Are there institutions that patronize or provide focus to right wing historiography in a nurturing kind of environment (counterparts in the right for JNU)
 
Apr 2012
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What options are available in India if someone wants to become a right wing history scholar. Are there institutions that patronize or provide focus to right wing historiography in a nurturing kind of environment (counterparts in the right for JNU)

I do not think there is any institute that is not coloured in red. Most of Right winger history these days is about groping in dark with help of social media.
 
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Jinit

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Jun 2012
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What options are available in India if someone wants to become a right wing history scholar. Are there institutions that patronize or provide focus to right wing historiography in a nurturing kind of environment (counterparts in the right for JNU)
Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan is still there. In the past they commissioned "History and culture of Indian people" series. Although It isn't as prominent as it used to be and as of now it is just one of many ordinary institutes of country. But they do publish works time to time.

Then there is Vivekananda International Foundation - A think tank founded just recently in 2009. Now the foundation claims itself to be "independent non partisan institution". But it doesn't take that much effort to realize that they are nationalists in their ideology. (For instance take a look at the free ebooks available on their website: E-book | Vivekananda International Foundation ). Furthermore they are associated with Vivekananda kendra which is one of the dominant organization of RSS group. And although foundation claims to be an independent body, influence of RSS can't be ruled out. Recently they have published a series on pre Islamic Indian history by Dilip Chakraborty and Makkhan Lal (Both are members of think tank of foundation as far as I know).
As of now foundations holds immense influence on current government especially the prime minister. Many of the members of the foundations holds important positions in current government. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra and Additional Principal Secretary PK Mishra , Bibek Debroy and Dr VK Saraswat - members of NITI Aayog, Dilip Chakraborty - member of ICHR are all affiliated with the institutes. Anyway as I said they have repeatedly made claims that they have nothing to do with BJP or RSS. None the less even if that is true in current condition the very fact that an organization having some influence on government isn't pinko is somewhat positive development (unlike the jholawalas that virtually run the last government under the garb of national advisory council!!!
 

Jinit

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Jun 2012
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A person using the terminology and concepts developed entirely in context of European situation (which pretty much describes every Indian marxist, leftist and Nehruvian socialist) and then trying to impose it on Indian academia doesn't reveal any independent thinking of his. Ramchandra Guha himself is a sorry excuse for an Indian academia.

Is Ramachandra Guha right in believing the Right lacks 'intellectual' heft? - Firstpost
 
Nov 2012
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Jinnit my question to you is, If a youngster wants to pursue a successful career in history (do phd, teach, write, research etc.) and is a right winger. What are the options available to him in India to pursue his/her career successfully?
 

Jinit

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Jun 2012
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Jinnit my question to you is, If a youngster wants to pursue a successful career in history (do phd, teach, write, research etc.) and is a right winger. What are the options available to him in India to pursue his/her career successfully?
Yes it is hard. Although It doesn't have to do with ideological affiliation alone, but with the fact that youngsters don't want to pursue a successful career in history. Study of arts and humanities was never cultivated as important branch of study since very beginning when science was given priority (Apparently Nehruvians didn't consider study of languages and art history as important element of nation building as study of science and medicine). And successful career in Indian academia has more to do with political connections rather than academic brilliance anyway. However I am not associated with field so I am not better suited to answer the question. May be someone else can give you some satisfactory answer.
 

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