NL Interview: Amish Tripathi on what historians get wrong

NL Interview: Amish Tripathi on what historians get wrong

‘I speak against caste. I speak for equality of women,’ says the author of, most recently, ‘War of Lanka’.

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Amish Tripathi is an author, best known for his mythological fiction. In this interview with Abhinandan Sekhri, he talks about his favourite characters, why he wants to write on themes like video games, and his latest book War of Lanka.

On why his books appeal to the youth, he says, “I think they want to hear modern, liberal messages. But they want to hear it from our gods and goddesses, from our heroes, and not from westernised people talking down to us.”

Amish also thinks the “biggest mistakes” made by “establishment historians” is to not have referred to British colonial rule as “Christian rule”. “Bollywood movies have added to the confusion,” he says. “People think Akbar looked like Prithvi Raj Kapoor, Alauddin Khilji looked like Ranveer Singh.”

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Text by Nawaal Arshad.

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