Episode 385: Vinayak Calling Vinayak

To understand modern India, we must understand the history of Hindutva — and we must wrestle with Savarkar. Vinayak Chaturvedi joins Amit Varma in episode 385 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss his life and work as a historian — and the importance of history in shaping the present moment.

(This episode was recorded in March, 2024.)

Also check out:
1. Vinayak Chaturvedi at UC Irvine and Amazon.
2. Hindutva and Violence: VD Savarkar and the Politics of History — Vinayak Chaturvedi.
3. Peasant Pasts – History and Memory in Western India — Vinayak Chaturvedi.
4. Imaginary Homelands — Salman Rushdie.
5. The Road and No Country for Old Men — Cormac McCarthy.
6. No Country for Old Men — Joel and Ethan Coen.
7. Wanderers, Kings, Merchants: The Story of India through Its Languages — Peggy Mohan.
8. Understanding India Through Its Languages — Episode 232 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Peggy Mohan).
9. Partha Chatterjee on AmazonWikipedia and Columbia University.
10. The Egg — Andy Weir.
11. Deepak VS and the Man Behind His Face — Episode 373 of The Seen and the Unseen.
12. The Incredible Insights of Timur Kuran — Episode 349 of The Seen and the Unseen.
13. Private Truths, Public Lies — Timur Kuran.
14. The Long Divergence — Timur Kuran.
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16. The Exquisite Irony of Claudine Gay’s Downfall — Glenn Loury with John McWhorter.
17. Why Did Harvard Cancel Its Best Black Professor? — Documentary by Rob Montz on the destruction of Roland Fryer.
18. “A White Male Would Probably Already Be Gone” — Carol Swain interviewed by Christopher Rufo.
19. How one hearing brought down two Ivy League presidents — Sareen Habeshian.
20. Carlo Ginzburg and Christopher Bayly.
21. The Birth of the Modern World — CA Bayly.
22. Recovering Liberties: Indian Thought in the Age of Liberalism and Empire — CA Bayly.
23. The Indian Ideology — Perry Anderson.
24. Event, Metaphor, Memory : Chauri Chaura — Shahid Amin.
25. Peasant Intellectuals: Anthropology and History in Tanzania — Steven Feierman.
26. Elementary Aspects of Peasant Insurgency in Colonial India — Ranajit Guha.
27. Maps Are Magic — Episode 44 of Everything is Everything.
28. On Exactitude in Science — Jorge Luis Borges.
29. Rulers, Townsmen and Bazaars — CA Bayly.
30. The Cheese and the Worms — Carlo Ginzburg.
31. From Peasant Pasts to Hindutva Futures? — Vinayak Chaturvedi.
32. Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India — Akshaya Mukul.
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38. Essentials Of Hindutva — VD Savarkar.
39. Farewell Waltz — Milan Kundera.
40. A Zone of Engagement — Perry Anderson.
41. Spectrum: From Right to Left in the World of Ideas — Perry Anderson.
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50. Understanding Gandhi: Part 2: Mahatma — Episode 105 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ram Guha).
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55. Hindu-Padpaadshahi (Hindi Edition) — VD Savarkar.
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58. The Collected Works of MK Gandhi and BR Ambedkar.
59. Swapna Liddle and the Many Shades of Delhi — Episode 367 of The Seen and the Unseen.
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61.  Episodes of the Seen and the Unseen with Manu Pillai: 1234.
62. Episodes of the Seen and the Unseen with Ramachandra Guha: 123456.
63. Episodes of The Seen and the Unseen with Ira MukhotyParvati Sharma and Rana Safvi.
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67. Ben BöhmerSultan+ShepardNora En PureU2 and New Order on Spotify.
68. The Zone of Interest — Jonathan Glazer.
69. Oldboy — Park Chan-wook.
70. Burning — Lee Chang-dong.
71. Memories of Murder — Bong Joon-ho.
72. Return to Seoul — Davy Chou.
73. Past Lives — Celine Song.
74. Monster — Kore-eda Hirokazu.
75. The Wind From Far Away — Amit Varma (on Monster among other things).
76. Shoplifters — Hirokazu Kore-eda.
77. Nobody Knows —   Hirokazu Kore-eda.
78. Broker —   Hirokazu Kore-eda.
79. A Death in the Family — Book 1 of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s A Struggle.
80. In Search Of Lost Time — Marcel Proust.
81. My Saga — Karl Ove Knausgaard’s essay for NYT.

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Episode art: ‘The Historian’ by Simahina.