The myth of Islamic contribution to India

The myth of Islamic contribution to India

Is it ignorance or agenda that drives Indian history narrative? The myth about Islamic contribution to India Actor Girish Karnad’s attack against V.S Naipaul,a Nobel laureate and celebrated author, at the Tata Literature Live festival was totally undeserving and in bad taste. It smacked of deep-seated prejudice and ignorance. Girish […]


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