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Etihas.in video magazine - 7th issue, July 2016
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Welcome to the seventh issue of Etihas.in, the online video magazine of history, arts and culture of India and South Asia. Etihas.in magazine features short videos containing interviews with experts, mini documentaries, audio podcasts, and recordings of performing arts among many other items that we hope will entertain and inspire you, and arouse your appetite for more about our rich and diverse pasts.

In this July issue, we bring you the following short videos and segments:

1. Asghar Ali Engineer on Communalism and Nation-building, Part 1
2. Asghar Ali Engineer on Communalism and Nation-building, part 2
3. Eid Mubarak: Sadia Wahidi reads Urdu poetry on Eid festival
4. Eid us pariwash ki: Recitation of Nazm by Abdul Ahad Saaz
5. King Ashoka: a list of historical resources online

1. Asghar Ali Engineer on 'Communalism and Nation-building', Part 1
'If we teach the wrong kind of history, we'll encounter obstacles in our nation-building', says Asghar Ali Engineer who was a prominent peace activist and scholar who struggled all his life for secularism and communal harmony.

2. Asghar Ali Engineer on 'Communalism and Nation-building', Part 2
'This country not getting freedom (from the British) is only India's loss. But not having Hindu-Muslim unity is the entire humanity's loss.' quotes Asghar Ali Engineer from a speech given by Maulana Azad. This video is part of a series of lectures Dr. Engineer gave in Kurukshetra, Haryana, in 2003.

3. Eid Mubarak: Sadia Wahidi reads Urdu poetry on Eid festival
Poets of Urdu language have celebrated the festival of Eid in a variety of ways, sometimes happily, while other times with wit and humour. Sadia Wahidi reads a selection of verses of poets from Dagh Dehlvi and Ghalib to Faiz and Qamar Jalalvi.

4. Eid us pariwash ki: A Nazm by Abdul Ahad Saaz
'Chand ne sharma ke kaha Eid mubarak…' Sadia Wahidi recites a beautiful poem on Eid by Mumbai poet Abdul Ahad Saaz. Click the video on left to hear the poem.

5. King Ashoka: a list of historical resources online:
Asoka, also known as Ashoka the great, was the third king of the Maurya Dynasty who ruled India from 269 BCE to 232 BCE. He was the grandson of Chandragupta Maurya who stablished the Mauryan rule. Here are some useful links and resources about Ashoka >>

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