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The Seen and the Unseen - hosted by Amit Varma

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The Seen and the Unseen, hosted by Amit Varma, features longform conversations that aim to give deep insights into the subjects being discussed. Timeless and bingeworthy.


Ep 184: Finding Dara Shukoh

The rivalry between Dara Shukoh and Aurangzeb is often considered a foundational one for Islam in India. Good Muslim vs Bad Muslim. But it's not quite that simple. Historian Supriya Gandhi joins Amit Varma in episode 184 of The Seen and the Unseen to point out that the truth is complex, and there are no easy binaries.   Also check out: 1. The Emperor Who Never Was: Dara Shukoh in Mughal India -- Supriya Gandhi. 2. City of Djinns -- William Dalrymple. 3. Jill Lepore and Shamsur Rahman Faruqi on Amazon. 4. Dara Shukoh -- Kalika Ranjan Qanungo (full text). 5. Dārā S̲h̲ikūh: Life and Works -- Bikrama Jit Hasrat (full text). 6. Mysteries of Selflessness: Rumuz-i Bekhudi -- Muhammad Iqbal. 7. The Month We Lost Dara -- Ashok Malik. 8. Women in Indian History -- Episode 144 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ira Mukhoty). 9. Jahangir the Curious -- Episode 147 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Parvati Sharma). 10. The Resonance of Akbar -- Episode 173 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Manimugdha Sharma).  11. Our Colorful Past -- Episode 127 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Manu Pillai). 12. Secularism and Hindutva Histories -- Supriya Gandhi. 13. The Truth About Us -- Sanjoy Chakravorty. 14. Supriya Gandhi interviewed by Ira Mukhoty. 15. Supriya Gandhi interviewed by Rana Safvi.

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