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Beyond Invasions

The Trails of the Mughal Presence in the North East

The Mughals and the North East: Encounter and Assimilation in Medieval India edited by Sajal Nag, New Delhi: Manohar Publishers and Distributors, 2023; pp 538, `2,695.


In April 2023, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in India removed some of the chapters on Mughal history from history textbooks by citing “rationalisation” and “revision” as one of the motives. It is an irony then, that located far away from Delhi, in January 2023, Sajal Nag published a volume on the encounter between the Mughals and the people living in the eastern frontiers of the Mughals. The book explores many unknown and fascinating dimensions of the Mughal presence in the North East. Had the members of the “rationalisation” committee of the NCERT read a few chapters of this book, it might have opened their eyes to the various rich and unknown facets of the Mughal presence in the North East. The diversity of the materials explored clearly suggests that instead of deletion and erasure, the “rationalisation of syllabi” should have considered the newer explorations which would help students think beyond the categories of battles and political histories and introduce them to the categories of resilience, interaction, assimilation, adjustment, and how empires and kingdoms thrive by finding avenues of networks of trade and economic interdependence.


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Published On : 10th Feb, 2024

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