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LEFTIST SCHOLORSHIP IN INDIA
Thapar's recent historical accounts are clearly meant as attacks on the Hindu revivalist
movement in India, which the communists have always regarded as their main enemy. As Hindu
revivalists are emphasizing the continuity of the religion and the ongoing relevance of
its traditions, Thapar and her associates are looking for ways to deny it.
Marxists like Thapar like to appear as social liberals and objective academicians and some
intellectuals trained in the Western tradition may look at them in this light. Thapar does
not parade her Marxism, particularly in recent years, and her criticism of Hinduism,
though harsh, is presented in an indirect scholarly style, which makes it less obvious.
But we should understand the background of such thinkers, which is hardly objective or
free of political motives.