Historian Audrey Truschke's lecture cancelled after 'protest letters' from alleged right wing groups

Audrey Truschke has often come under attack from right wing trolls on Twitter for her controversial statements on Indian culture and history backed with historical evidences.  

Published: 09th August 2018 03:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th August 2018 09:37 AM   |  A+A-

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Eminent American academician and historian Audrey Truschke (Photo | Facebook)

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: American historian Audrey Truschke on Wednesday took to social media and formally announced the cancellation of her lecture in the city on August 11. She said, “I deeply regret to say that my lecture in Hyderabad scheduled for August 11 has been cancelled.”

The cancellation of the lecture titled “Unpopular Stories: Narrating the Indo-Islamic Past and Navigating Present-day Prejudices” was first reported in TNIE. Soon after the announcement, support has started pouring in with many offering suggestions for alternate venues and others criticising ‘murder of freedom of speech.’

“The organisers took this decision after being informed by the Hyderabad police that several individuals had written letters protesting my appearance. I was, especially, looking forward to talking with Hyderabadis about Aurangzeb’s brutal assaults on sultanates in the Deccan in the 1680s and debates concerning what brought about the end of Indian Buddhism in the early second millennium CE,” she communicated through her Facebook handle. “Today is a sad day for the pursuit of knowledge and academic freedom, and it is a happy day for proponents of the Hindu Rashtra,” she lamented through social media.

Soon after her announcement, disappointed supporters called out the vigilantes on being ‘intolerant’. While some termed the cancellation ‘shameful’, others called it ‘unfortunate’.

Audrey Truschke is a popular American historian who has done extensive work on Indian history. She also has often come under attack from right wing trolls on Twitter for her controversial statements on Indian culture and history backed with historical evidences.

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  • Deep

    But who is Audrey T? These days anyone from the US seems to be a 'historian' on India. Let's have some of your desi 'historians' lecturing the US on their history.
    4 months ago reply
  • Ba na rao

    Let her work on American history. How they eliminated natives... Slavery, racism....
    4 months ago reply
  • Abhivadan

    Good decision to cancel her lecture. She is a very wicked and biased writer. She praises Aurangzeb and ridicules Lord Ram.
    4 months ago reply
  • krishnaraj

    "backed with historical evidences". I hope the author has verified this claim. There has been multiple instances where the historical evidences provided by Audrey have been proven as false.
    4 months ago reply
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