Why did the Druze come to the Middle East? DNA technology and modern day genetics may offer insight into origins of the esoteric Druze people- a mystery yet unsolved.
Nathuram Godse’s execution order and knowledge of the whereabouts of three of the accused are some of the documents missing from the national archives.
Here at last is an Indian historical novel that resists the temptation to be intimate with the monumental, using instead the lives of obscure (and imaginary) characters to tell the story of Tipu Sultan’s Mysore.
A quotation supposedly culled from a speech by Thomas Babington Macaulay is a staple of social media forwards and has even been quoted by senior Indian politicians. But is it authentic?
Born into slavery and self-taught, Greenfield forced white critics across the US to re-examine their assumptions about the abilities of African-American singers.
Paul Lemos Horta’s Marvellous Thieves: Secret Authors of the Arabian Nights tells us of the many ways stories from the Arabian Nights have been appropriated, told and retold, over the centuries.
Winston Churchill allowed science to flourish. Without a similar attitude in today’s politics, we may hit a bottleneck for life that leaves a universe without a single human soul to enjoy it.
While American creativity has persisted through the millennia, one group of prolific innovators has been largely ignored by history: black inventors born or forced into slavery.
There are multiple implications of the cosmological constant that make Einstein’s mistake so ironically important in the study of the universe.
Lost archives of the pioneering film studio Bombay Talkies have gone on display at an exhibition in Australia.
The Pope of Physics, by Bettina Hoerlin and Gino Segrè, is an informative biography of Fermi that also manages to deepen the sense of quiet mystery surrounding the legendary physicist.
In ‘Kohinoor: The Story of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond’, William Dalrymple and Anita Anand tell the tale of the colourful stone with an attempt to separate history from myth.
Maharaja Hari Singh is a symbol of Jammu’s dominance across the state, but for J&K’s Muslim majority, he was a tyrant. A resolution declaring his birth anniversary a state holiday could pit one region against another.
In Goras and Desis, economist Omkar Goswami shows how from even as far back as the 18th century, Indians collaborated with the British, creating enterprises for fruitful mercantile activity.
To reduce the scientific enterprise to a battle for priority is to replace an intricate portrait with a gross caricature.
An exhibition, Part Narratives, put together a collection of works that portrayed the experience of Partition and the characteristics of memory.
Archaeologist Sushmita Sen Pramanik studies the early-historic phase of the Indus Valley civilisation, trying to fill gaps in Gujarat’s early trade history.
Was a forged document responsible for the defeat of Mark Antony and the rise of Rome’s first emperor?
It is unfortunate that even today, as a result of our “extravagant admiration for ancient Hindus” (as Bhandarkar termed it in 1918), many Indian scholars are doing research that does not adhere to strict academic standards.
Same-sex marriage is not a 20th-century phenomenon; couples have long claimed the right to marry.
Pauli’s exclusion principle turns 92 this month. But when it was first announced, it simply entrenched the reputation of a group of young physicists who were making leaps in quantum mechanics.
After the trauma of 1857, literature on the Mughal court acquired an unreal quality and was projected as an idealistic world to denounce the British Raj.
Whatever happened in the past, religious-based violence is real in modern India, and Muslims are frequent targets. It is thus disingenuous to single out Indian Muslim rulers for condemnation without owning up to the modern valences of that focus.
The Centre For Women’s Development Studies’ 2017 calendar uses images from a 1961 pageant held to showcase the various traditional attires of Indian women.
The removed section of the textbook discussed the Nadar community who were forced to keep their upper bodies uncovered by the caste council of the Nairs.
The centrepiece of the Nazi legislation, the Nuremberg Laws were made keeping in mind examples of the US racist policies and their success.
In the 1920s and early 1930s, American journalists tended to put the ascendant fascists on a normal footing and ignored the underlying violent megalomania.
On the day Pakistan surrendered to India at Dhaka, Bangladesh’s foreign minister-in-exile advised Baloch, Pakhtoon and Sindhi nationalists to launch a joint liberation struggle against Pakistan with Indian help.
About 250 years ago, Bengal suffered a debilitating famine under colonial rule, partially brought on by changes in the colonial currency system.
As Europe expanded its overseas colonies, fixed ideas of racial differences took hold. But for a brief period, European notions of ethnicity were relatively fluid and settlers believed that non-white inhabitants could be ‘civilised’ and ‘improved’.
The twin crises of 1956 underlined a key problem with Jawaharlal Nehru’s foreign policy – non-alignment only dictated what shouldn’t to be done (allying with a major power), but couldn’t provide a framework for thinking about what ought to.
There are always those who say let’s move on, but then what do we move on to?
An excerpt from With Great Truth and Regards, a forthcoming book on the social history of the typewriter.
There is no bust of Fidel Castro in Cuba, but he has earned his place in history.
The Modi government has reneged on a significant compromise on national language made during the constituent assembly debates – the Munshi-Ayyangar formula.
Sixty-seven years ago, on November 25, 1949, B.R. Ambedkar addressed India’s Constituent Assembly for the last time. Here is the full text of his speech.
With the plague as well as with demonetisation, India’s leaders have moved to stop the spread of an illness but not its incidence itself.
Arthur Swinson’s Kohima: The Story of the Greatest Battle Ever Fought is a soldier’s personalised account of an excruciating and merciless battle.
Rajeev Kinra’s Writing Self, Writing Empire is a window into the life and writings of Chandar Bhan Brahman, a skilled Farsi poet and a munshi who served in the Mughal court under emperors Jahangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb.
Exploring the life of the first woman to contest for the US presidency.