D. N. Jha
|Dwijendra Narayan Jha|
Prof. Jha in November 2012
|Known for||Authoring books about Indian history|
Dwijendra Narayan Jha☭ is an Indian historian, specialising in ancient and medieval India. He was a professor of history at Delhi University and a member of the Indian Council of Historical Research. Arun Shourie questioned Jha's credibility pointing out intentional omission and distortion in Jha's address on history of Nalanda as president of Indian History Congress . Shourie points out the omissions by Jha and says that it was done in order to hold Hindus responsible for Nalanda University's destruction.
Arun Shourie questioned Jha's credibility pointing out intentional omission and distortion in Jha's address on history of Nalanda as president of Indian History Congress . Shourie points out the omissions by Jha and says that it was done in order to hold Hindus responsible for Nalanda University's destruction.
Jha has been mentioned in the briefings of the Hindu American Foundation where his article attacking that organization in the Times of India was exposed for allegedly "clear errors, biases and misrepresentations" of the Californian Hindu textbook case on his part., and "Hindu Human Rights" has denounced his stance as a "racist, neo-colonialist, pseudointellectual and generally anti-Hindu effort
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Jha has repeatedly taken a position against Hindu nationalist ideology, arguing against what he claims is "communalism" and "saffronisation", specially during the 1998 to 2004 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government of the Republic of India.
- Communalisation of History by D. N. Jha by Vinod Kumar http://bharatvani.org/indology/dnjha-communalizinghistory.html
- The Ayodhya Evidence Debate Part I and Part II by Koenraad Elst http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/ayodhya/evidence1.html
In India, Marxist historiography was very influential. Its main representatives are Irfan Habib, and K. N. Panikkar. B. N. Datta and D. D. Kosambi are considered the founding fathers of Marxist historiography. Today, the senior-most scholars of Marxist historiography are R. S. Sharma, Irfan Habib, Romila Thapar, D. N. Jha and K. N. Panikkar, most of whom are now over 75 years old.
- Witzel also publicly supports historians such as D. N. Jha, R. S. Sharma, Romila Thapar etc., who are quoted as Marxist historians in a Harvard University publication  . To raise the bogey of ‘ fundamentalist and right wing forces ’ 76 against anyone (such as the Greek scholar Nicholas Kazanas) who calls a Marxist as a Marxist is dishonest and negationist on the part of Witzel. If scholars like Kazanas become right wing Hindus just because their views on the question of AIT tally with those of some Hindutva organizations, then can we label Witzel as a Marxist or a Communist (or even a ‘Maoist-Stalinist’) because he publishes in Marxist publications and defends Marxist and Communist historians?
- This claim that that the historiography of Marxist historians like Jha and Thapar is universal and objective truth is curious indeed because it is an open secret in India that these historians only write sectarian interpretations of history to suit the leftist political agenda in India. In fact, Witzel even excoriates those Indians who dare to called these Marxist historians as Marxists, and says that we should call them ‘Delhi historians’, and their work as ‘recent Indian historiography’ (contrasted with the opposing ‘revisionist’ and ‘nationalistic’ writings) as if a new nomenclature can change the underlying reality! One wonders why Witzel would deny the Marxist affiliations of Marxist historians when they themselves refer to each other as Marxists? In an interview to the New Delhi edition of the Times of India (dt. 16 February 2002), Bipan Chandra, an ‘Eminent Historian’ himself, refers to Jha and R. S. Sharma as Marxist historians. (also quoted in Vigil, 'Thus Spake Professor Michael Witzel A Harvard University Case Study in Prejudice?' (2006))
Works by D N Jha:
- 1980, Studies in early Indian economic history, Anupama Publications, ASIN: B0006E16DA.
- 1993, Economy and Society in Early India: Issues and Paradigms, ISBN 81-215-0552-6.
- Society and Ideology in India: ed. Essays in Honour of Professor R.S. Sharma (Munshiram Manoharlal, Delhi, 1996)
- 1997, Society and Ideology in India, ISBN 81-215-0639-5.
- 1997, Ancient India: In Historical Outline, ISBN 81-7304-285-3.
- 2002, Holy Cow: Beef in Indian Dietary Traditions; paperback (2004) ISBN 1-85984-424-3
- 2004, Early India: A Concise History, ISBN 81-7304-587-9
- 2009, Myth of the Holy Cow, ISBN 81-8905-916-5
- 1988, Feudal Social Formation in Early India, ISBN 81-7001-024-1
- "Society and Ideology in India: Essays in Honour of Professor R.S. Sharma" (Munshiram Manoharlal, Delhi, 1996).
- 2000, The Feudal Order: State, Society, and Ideology in Early Medieval India, ISBN 81-7304-473-2; a collection of critical essays by 20 specialists on medieval Indian society, politics, ideology and religion.
Californian textbook case
He has also spoken out against the changes in the context of the Californian Hindu textbook case.
Dispute with Arun Shourie
Jha was accused by Arun Shourie of deliberate distortion of the facts behind the destruction of Nalanda University by Islamic invaders in 12th Century AD. Shourie accused Jha of selective lifting of sources, of obfuscation and intellectual compromise. In a signed article in the Indian Express, Jha stated that Shourie was distorting what he had said, Shourie's allegations of plagiarism are baseless, and said it is "interesting" that the first edition of Shourie's book Eminent Historians was published in 1998 during the NDA rule, and the second edition—after 16 years—when the BJP has assumed power. Jha has stated that Shourie's book Eminent Historians contains "slander" and "has nothing to do with history."
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- HAF Responds to Erroneous Times of India Article on California Textbooks Case. Hindu American foundation
- Hindu Human rights
- Jha, D. N. (September 1998). "Against Communalising History". Social Scientist. 26 (9/10): 52–62. doi:10.2307/3517941. JSTOR 3517941. (Subscription required (help)). Cite uses deprecated parameter
- Bottomore, T. B. 1983. A Dictionary of Marxist thought. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.
- Thapar, Jha and Sharma are quoted Marxist historians in the entry 'Hinduism' of 'A Dictionary of The Marxist Thought' (Tom BOTTOMORE et al, 1983, Harvard University Press, p. 204). Ronald INDEN, in his Imagining India [1990:pp. 154-156, 197] clearly refers to Thapar as a Marxist historian. According to Witzel’s characterizations, Inden and Bottomore would also be ‘Right Wing Hindu Fundamentalists’!
- "How history was made up at Nalanda". The Indian Express. 28 June 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- "Grist to the reactionary mill". Indian Express. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- "How History Was Unmade At Nalanda! D N Jha". Kafila. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- "Votes do not guide intellectuals: D N Jha". Business Standard. 9 November 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>