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Jha, D. N. (Dwijendra Narayan) 1940-

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Works: 41 works in 137 publications in 3 languages and 2,300 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
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Most widely held works by D. N Jha
The myth of the holy cow by D. N Jha( Book )

18 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jha, a distinguished historian at the University of Delhi, received death threats when he tried to publish this book in India. The first Indian publisher backed off after ominous warnings, and the somewhat braver second publisher had to give in when a group of Hindu fanatics declared the book "blasphemous" and succeeded in getting a court order to constrain its circulation. What Jha has done is to document in great detail the fact that in ancient times Hindus and Buddhists ate beef. Indeed, the oldest Indian texts -- the Vedas and their auxiliaries dating from 1500 BC to 600 BC -- establish that the eating of flesh, including beef, was common in India. Hindus have argued that it was only with the Muslim conquest that cows were first slaughtered in India, but in truth it was only in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that the cow became the sacred animal of Hinduism. Western scholars of ancient India have no trouble with Jha's thesis, which is backed by copious footnotes and a bibliography in several languages. However, such scholarship only makes the Hindu fanatics more passionate than ever, especially now that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has given a degree of legitimacy to the violent expression of Hindu nationalism
Rethinking Hindu identity by D. N Jha( Book )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book provides an antidote to the virulent version of Hindu communalism and cultural chauvinism and seeks to expose the hollowness of the xenophobic claims about Hindu religious identity. It identifies some of the stereotypes about Hinduism and shows them to be without any basis in historical evidence. Contrary to the belief popularized by the Hindu jingoists, it shows that Hinduism, far from being eternal and monolithic, is the youngest of religions and that its supposed tolerant nature is a myth. The book also challenges the 'sacredness' of cow as a community identity of the Hindus and draws on a melange of evidence to demonstrate that the ritual killing of this animal was de rigueur much before the arrival in India of Muslims who are stereotyped as kine killers, that its flesh has been very much a part of the early Indian food regimen, and continues to remain so even today in some sections of Hindu society. The story of the cow through the millennia, the author argues, is full of inconsistencies, thus rendering its supposed "holiness" elusive, indeed as elusive as Hindu identity itself. Written in a riveting style, the essays in this book are an antidote to the Hindu religious fundamentalist mythomania, and will certainly be of value to those interested in the construction of Hinduism and the politics of Hindu identity in cotemporary India."--Pub. desc
Revenue system in post-Maurya and Gupta times by D. N Jha( Book )

9 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The feudal order : state, society, and ideology in early medieval India( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Feudal social formation in early India by D. N Jha( Book )

5 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early India : a concise history by D. N Jha( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Society and ideology in India : essays in honour of professor R.S. Sharma( Book )

5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Research papers covering ancient, medieval, and modern periods of Indian history
Ancient India : in historical outline by D. N Jha( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ancient India : an introductory outline by D. N Jha( Book )

5 editions published between 1977 and 1997 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Economy and society in early India : issues and paradigms by D. N Jha( Book )

4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies in early Indian economic history by D. N Jha( Book )

4 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mind over matter : essays on mentalities in medieval India( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Instruments of legitimation and delegitimation -- (Re)construction of experiences -- Hierarchization of attachments -- Ideas and communication -- Conflicts and adjustments
The complex heritage of early India : essays in memory of R.S. Sharma( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Holy cow : beef in Indian dietary traditions by D. N Jha( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The many careers of D.D. Kosambi : critical essays( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contesting symbols and stereotypes : essays on Indian history and culture( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The evolution of a nation pre-colonial to post-colonial : essays in memory of R.S. Sharma( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Agricultural and regional planning by D. N Jha( Book )

3 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Planning and agricultural development : a study with reference to Bihar by Durga Nand Jha( Book )

7 editions published between 1972 and 1989 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prehistory and protohistory of India : an appraisal : palaeolithic--non-Harappan chalcolithic cultures by V. K Jain( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contributed articles on the concept of life according to various religions and sacred works
 
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The myth of the holy cow
Alternative Names
D.N. Jha

Dwijendra Narain Jha 1940-....

Dwijendra Narayan Jha.

Dwijendra Narayan Jha 1940-

Jha, D.N.

Jha, D.N. 1940-

Jha, D. N. (Dwijendra Narayan), 1940-

Jhā, Ḍi. En., 1940-

Jhā, Dvijendra Nārāyaṇa 1940-

Jha Dwijendra N. 1940-....

Jha Dwijendra Narain 1940-....

Jha, Dwijendra Narayan

Jha, Dwijendra Narayan 1940-

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Languages
English (110)

Swedish (1)

Hindi (1)

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Rethinking Hindu identityPrehistory and protohistory of India : an appraisal : palaeolithic--non-Harappan chalcolithic cultures