Cracks in the Mirror
Colonial mythographies end up reproducing colonialism’s own myths of omnipotence and omniscience. The labour of writing histories of colonialism lies in seeing the cracks in the mirror.
Macaulay’s Ghost: The Unimportance and Importance of English
What stand should one take between the campaign for decolonisation of the Indian mind and that giving pre-eminence to English? We ought to develop a universalism that is attentive to local cultures…
Peter Ronald deSouza
Don't Judge the Past through the Eyes of the Present
It would be wrong to use present-day norms to label certain historical events as crimes. If we must judge the past, it should be in relation to its time, rather than our present.
Covid-19 and the Spectres of Colonialism
India’s lockdowns and questionable experimentation with vaccines and drugs to fight Covid-19 eerily mimic its colonial past.
India's Covid-19 crisis is one effect of a decades-long process that has produced impoverishment, hunger, and ill-health, all at once. Its history of epidemics can offer insights into…
What Made the East India Company So Successful?
William Dalrymple's book on the East India Company is written very well and has a great deal of detail. But the writing of good History needs more. It calls for a consideration of all relevant…