Mourning the Chronicler of History and passionate advocate of Freedom of Expression: Mushirul Hasan, We will miss You

By Sushmita. Dated: 12/13/2018 11:24:14 PM

"People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It's not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past."
--Milan Kundera

On Monday, December 10, 2018, we lost the man who changed how society looked at Indian Muslims. Eminent historian, intellectual and academic Mushirul Hasan, passed away in the wee hours of December 10, a day also marked as international Human Rights Day. This is a loss of mammoth proportions for intelligentsia, especially looking to reconstruct secularism in a society increasingly marred with communal conflicts with each passing day. Born merely two years after India's independence, Mushirul Hasan was the thread that wove together the losses of Partition, the concerns surrounding the essentialist image of Indian Muslims, and the hopes of a truly secular future despite the dark present.
--(Sabrang India)

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