D.N. Jha remains an outspoken voice of reason: he likes to call a cow a cow. The author of The Myth of the Holy Cow, a book that got him into much trouble during the previous BJP-led NDA regime, minces no words when he takes on Narendra Modi, Dinanath Batra and Subramanian Swamy in an interview to Business Standard. Jha’s book, after a court in Hyderabad lifted the injunction against it, has been published by Navayana since 2009 with an Afterword by Dr B.R. Ambedkar on beef-eating and its connection with Brahmins and untouchability.
In this interview, Jha has this to say of Batra:
‘Personally, I wouldn’t like to even sit with him. What history can be discussed with a person who talks of Vedic science, and aeroplanes and genetics in the ancient period? I have a whole list of howlers in the textbooks written by Batra. He has emerged as the champion of superstition and unreason, which has the approval of the prime minister.’