Indias Of The Mind: Imagining Alternative Histories And The Struggle For The Past


Indic Book Club is delighted to host Indic Chat by Deepika Ahlawat. Indias of the Mind: Imagining Alternative Histories and the Struggle for the Past, the talk will begin at 7 pm, Sunday, September 10, at

Deepika is a museum curator and art consultant based in London. Her book Maya’s Revenge is set in an alternative history, where India is a federation of princely states and directly governed territories.

This conversation with Abhijit Iyer-Mitra will include a discussion of the book and framing of the current format of the Republic against other possible iterations during its conception in the early 20th century, as well as the use of the past as a political tool to manage the present. Abhijit Iyer-Mitra is Senior Fellow at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies and specialises in nuclear security and defence economics.

Deepika’s research interests include the regional and vernacular histories of India, centred particularly around the princely states of modern day Rajasthan, which are largely occluded from the popular referencing of our past.

Please join IBC and Deepika as we talk about the insolent gatekeepers of history, erased empires and the myth of a passive, homogenous, subjugated India.