The monograph on Peter Peterson (1847–1899) by Namrata Ganneri is a part of a larger project undertaken by The Asiatic Society of Mumbai with the objective of publishing a series of monographs on the Founders and Guardians of the Society.
What makes a historical text ‘untimely’* or interventionist is the appearance of the text itself. In a time when the Indian polity and social imagination mark their presence as Hindu-centric, the liberal-multicultural
Today we stand at a juncture in our evolution as a state and society wherein as inheritors of a complex, yet particular cultural relationship with our past, the way we define the ‘idea’ of ‘ancient India’ is of utmost importance. Though written in two different temporal contexts, the title of Upinder Singh’s collection of essays The Idea of Ancient India resonates with a similar title The Idea
of India by Sunil Khilnani.