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Amit's book will be of immense help to sift actual fact from fiction.
-s. irfan habib
In this age of post-truth madness, one can read this book for some much-needed sanity and clarity.
Did Aryabhatta invent the zero?
Was Urdu always 'Muslim'?
Is Hindu Atheism really an oxymoron?
With access to vast amounts of knowledge just a click away, it's becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish verifiable information from fake news and made-up history. The sheer volume of untrustworthy information out there often overwhelms even the most earnest seekers among us. The line between history and myth is being deliberately-often maliciously-blurred. Old superstitions are making a comeback and new ones are being manufactured on an industrial scale-a dangerous trend that has far-reaching ramifications.
Don't Forward That Text! attempts to stanch this phenomenon. Amit Schandillia has chosen some of the most common pieces of historical misinformation and debunked them with logic, reason and irrefutable research. Prepare to be surprised and inspired-and find out who really invented the zero!
'Amit Schandillia's book has come at a time when the distinction between fact and fiction is almost entirely blurred. Misinformed history has been in circulation for long, but it has set new standards today. Nowadays, history is perceived by many as a means to fulfil one's present political and social needs by treating the past as "pliable". When facts are created through viral message sharing, followed by history based on these expediently used "facts", Amit's book will be of immense help to sift actual fact from fiction.'
-s. irfan habib, historian, author of Jihad or Ijtihad and To Make the Deaf Hear
'His tweets are legen ... *finishes reading the thread* ... dary! Amit translates that same style into this thoroughly engaging read where historical misinformation is debunked using deep research and data-but conveyed with the ease of a social media post. In this age of post-truth madness, one can read this book for some much-needed sanity and clarity.'
-Akash Banerjee, satirist and political commentator