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Scepticism Is the Only Fact of History

The enlargement of the scope of the discipline of history means that it can at best be one of the many media to convey stories and memories of the past. A response to "Remaking the Indian Historian's Craft: The Past, Present and Future of History as an Academic Discipline" by Anirudh Deshpande (EPW, 16 February 2013).

In “Remaking the Indian Historian’s Craft: The Past, Present and Future of History as an Academic Discipline” (EPW, 16 February 2013) Anirudh Deshpande rightly argues for the need of history as a discipline to approach memory more constructively. While the article makes a case for incorporating more histories and sources in the ambit of the work of the professional historian, it raises questions about the postmodernist scepticism of the objectivity of history writing. Further, it makes a strict differentiation between history and literature as fact and fiction, defending the perspective of “professional history” as being the canon of facticity.

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