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Popular Articles

The Ayodhya Verdict is a Cornerstone of the Hindu Rashtra. The Caravan. December 6, 2019. here.

Rediscovering Forgotten Indo-Persian Works on Hindu-Muslim Encounters, with Fabrizio Speziale. The Wire. May 2019. here.

Anti-Semitism of Hindu Nationalists. India Abroad and Scroll. Nov 2018. here and here

Silencing Scholarly Voices. The Wire. August 2018. here

Silencing Sita. The Caravavan. June 2018. here

Many Criticisms of Rama. The Wire. April 2018. here

Pakistan’s Indian History. Newsweek Pakistan. March 2018. here

Why Aurangzeb’s name should not be used as an insult. DailyO. December 2017. here

Taj and Bigotry. Indian Express. October 2017. here

India at 70: Why Hindu Nationalists are Afraid of the Mughals. DailyO. Aug 2017. here

Censoring Indian History. History Today. August 2017. here and pdf here

Modern Politics in Premodern History. Scroll. May 25, 2017. here

A Much-Maligned Mughal. Aeon. April 5, 2017. here

The Right’s Problem with History. DNA India. October 26, 2016. here

The Great Mughal Whitewash. India Today. March 10, 2016. here

It is High Time to Discard the Pernicious Myth of India’s Medieval Muslim ‘Villains’. The Wire. January 9, 2016. here

What We Can Learn From India’s Medieval Past.” The Wire. September 20, 2015. here

Select Interviews

In conversation with Souradeep Roy and Ishita Mehta. August 2018. part 1 and part 2 (video interview)

‘The space for dissent has shrunk in India.’ Live Mint, August 14, 2018. here

‘The Historian Who Engages.’ Live Mint, October 14, 2017. here

‘They want to treat Aurangzeb as a political football.’ Frontline, March 17, 2017. here

‘Aurangzeb is a severely misunderstood figure.’ The Hindu, September 14, 2015. here


Take Me to Coffee (mentorship podcast), September 2019, 2019, here 

Globely News’s “Narendra Modi’s Dark Vision of a New India,” May 2019, here

BBC’s When Greeks Flew Kites (episode on Fake History), May 2019, here

New Books interview on Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court, April 2017, here

Select Media Coverage

Aurangzeb’s villainisation is bad history but a good storyline. The Telegraph, August 122, 2018. here

Audrey Truschke’s ‘Aurangzeb’ engages with (and demolished) WhatsApp history. Review of Aurangzeb by Shoaib Daniyal,, April 26, 2017. here

Aurangzeb, A Stranger No More. Review of Aurangzeb by Akshaya Mukul, The Hindu, March 4, 2017. here

The Misunderstood Mughals, excerpts from Audrey Truschke’s Aurangzeb, India Today, February 9, 2017. here

Interview with Audrey Truschke. The Hindu, September 14, 2015. here

Stanford Scholar Casts New Light on Hindu-Muslim Relations. Stanford News, September 9, 2015. her