Romila Thapar on the Importance of Dissent
From the Quarantine Tapes Podcast with Paul Holdengraber
Hosted by Paul Holdengräber, The Quarantine Tapes chronicles shifting paradigms in the age of social distancing. Each day, Paul calls a guest for a brief discussion about how they are experiencing the global pandemic.
Today on episode 77 of The Quarantine Tapes, Paul Holdengräber and esteemed professor Romila Thapar discuss her perspective on how the pandemic is being addressed in India, how this moment has revealed an unworkable system, and the importance of dissent.
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Romila Thapar is Emeritus Professor of History at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where she was Professor of Ancient Indian History from 1970 to 1991. She was General President of the Indian History Congress in 1983. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and holds an Honorary D.Litt. each from Calcutta, Oxford and Chicago Universities, among others. She is an Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, and of St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and of the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. In 2008 Professor Thapar was awarded the prestigious Kluge Prize of the US Library of Congress, which honors lifetime achievement in studies such as history that are not covered by the Nobel Prize.