Advertisement
Sunday, Dec 05, 2021
Outlook.com
Book Review

A Miniature’s Hidden Figures

In this astute analysis, Dara’s popular image is replaced by a man influenced by complex political-religious pulls typical of his age

A Miniature’s Hidden Figures
A Miniature’s Hidden Figures
outlookindia.com
2021-08-06T15:33:55+05:30

I first heard about Dara Shukoh (1615-1659) from my mother. She was fascinated by his brilliance, his poetry. She was also mesmerised by the tragedy that befell him. I wondered why Dara was an enigma and a hero for many others of her generation.

Supriya Gandhi probes that very question, unraveling the ent­wined histories and memories of Dara. Through scholarly reading, Gandhi retrieves Dara as a historical personality with a pol­itical role. The relationship between Aurangzeb and Dara is a crucial discourse in our history, but Gandhi’s meticulous analysis shifts the focus away from Dara’s tragic end to his political ambitions and intellectual journey.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Kashmir: Tosa Maidan Blast Victims Still Await Compensation

Kashmir: Tosa Maidan Blast Victims Still Await Compensation

While the Army and Airforce vacated the Tosa Maidan meadow as a firing range back in 2014, the victims of the deadly explosions are yet to receive their compensation.

Church In India Cosying Up To BJP To Protect Its Interests

Church In India Cosying Up To BJP To Protect Its Interests

What has led to this change of heart over the past few years for the Church, long seen to be anathemic to the Sangh Parivar?

2nd Test: Ravi Ashwin's 3/27 Puts India On Top At Day 3 Stumps

2nd Test: Ravi Ashwin's 3/27 Puts India On Top At Day 3 Stumps

At the end of Day 3, New Zealand are struggling at 140/5 with 400 more runs to win the second Test in Mumbai. Daryl Mitchell scored a fighting 60. Catch the IND vs NZ highlights here.

World Soil Day 2021: Why Is Soil Conservation Important?

World Soil Day 2021: Why Is Soil Conservation Important?

World Soil Day was first celebrated on December 5th 2014, 7 years ago. This year's theme is, 'Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity'.

Advertisement