Dwijendra Narayan Jha

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Dwijendra Narayan Jha
Born c. 1940[1]
Nationality Indian
Occupation Historian
Known for Authoring books about Indian history

Dwijendra Narayan Jha (commonly referred to as D. N. Jha) is an Indian historian, specializing in Ancient and Medieval India. He was Professor of History at Delhi University, and member of the Indian Council of Historical Research.


Jha completed his B.A. (Hons.) in History at Presidency College of the University of Calcutta and then his M.A. in History at Patna University where he was a student of Professor R.S. Sharma.[citation needed]


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.[2]


The Myth of the Holy Cow[edit]

Jha has received death threats over his book The Myth of the Holy Cow.[3][4][1]

Californian textbook case[edit]

He has also spoken out against the changes in the context of the Californian Hindu textbook case.


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

As editor:

  • 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.


  1. ^ a b Reddy, Sheela (Sep 17, 2001). "A Brahmin's Cow Tales". Outlook. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Jha, D. N. (September 1998). "Against Communalising History". Social Scientist 26 (9/10): 52–62. Retrieved 30 April 2015 – via JSTOR. (subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ The Guardian (13 July 2002)
  4. ^ The Hindu (15 August 2003)

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