K. N. Panikkar

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K. N. Panikkar
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OccupationHistorian, Teacher, Writer

K. N. Panikkar (born 1936 in Guruvayoor, Kerala) is a leftist[1] Indian historian, associated with the "Marxist school" of historiography.[2][3][4][5]

K. N. Panikkar has written and edited a number of books, including A Concerned Indian’s Guide to Communalism and the ICHR volume on Towards Freedom, 1940: A Documentary History of the Freedom Struggle.

His methods and his expressed positions in public life have evoked harsh criticism from exponents of Hindu nationalism, particularly during the period of Bharatiya Janata Party government of 1998 to 2004.

Panikkar has been active in criticising the rise of "Nationalist" history in India. His books include Against Lord and State: Religion and Peasant Uprisings in Malabar; Culture and Consciousness in Modern India; Culture, Ideology and Hegemony – Intellectuals and Social Consciousness in Colonial India, and Before the Night Falls.

He was appointed by the government of Kerala as chairman of an Expert Committee that looked into the complaints raised from various quarters concerning new textbooks introduced to state-supported schools. The committee submitted its report in October 2008.[6]

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  1. ^ November 30, M. G. Radhakrishnan; November 30, 1998 ISSUE DATE; April 11, 1998UPDATED; Ist, 2013 12:38. "ICHR member lashes out at panel of editors chosen to write cultural history of Kerala". India Today. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Link technology with social sciences, says K.N. Panikkar". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 21 February 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Rewrite history from Indian point of view: K.N. Panikkar". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Newspapers evading sensitive issues, says K.N. Panikkar". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 29 November 2005. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Culture emerges as site of struggle: K.N. Panikkar". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 29 December 2008.
  6. ^ [1] Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine

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