‘The Alkazi Collection of Photography: The Uprising of 1857’, edited by London-based historian Rosie Llewellyn Jones, examines the infamous revolt, which was among the first fully photographed wars in the history of India.
Edited by his great-granddaughter Neera Burra, Ruchi Ram Sahni’s A Memoir of Pre-Partition Punjab is a remarkable historical document.
Anand Vivek Taneja’s ‘Jinneaology’ seamlessly links Delhi’s past to its present, and its spirit-life to its modern disenchantments.
Seventy years after the end of World War II, a battle is taking place over Polish collective memory.
Love always elevates the character of man. It never lowers him, wrote the young revolutionary in a letter to his comrade in 1929.
Savarkar, the ideological guru of the Sangh Parivar, firmly believed that able-bodied and armed Hindus were the only answer to the “growing danger from the designs of the awakened Muslim mind”.
Palaeobiology’s success has paralleled the advent of computing and the internet, and would seem like an obvious example of the determining impact of technology on science.
The attacks on Padmaavat and Manikarnika are a reminder that the mere hint of a fictional depiction in which women have stepped out of bounds is enough to convulse parts of the country into mob violence.
In an interview with The Wire, Ornit Shani talks about the efforts of the bureaucracy, the administration and the participation of ordinary people that led to the realisation of electoral democracy in India.
“Patel consistently offered Kashmir to Pakistan, but Liaquat Ali Khan was stubbornly obsessed with an imaginary idea of getting Hyderabad-Deccan.”
Gandhi visited Ayodhya on February 10, 1921, the first of his two visits to the place associated with Rama. He had just two messages to give – on Hindu-Muslim unity and non-violence.
He shaped the republic and underlined what it takes for democracy to deepen and for political order to work Narendra Modi does not agree but the world has never hesitated in recognising Jawaharlal Nehru as a historical figure who left a mark on India and the world. When […]
The next time a Vinay Katiyar makes a claim to turn mosques, mausoleums and memorials into temples, the least one can do is cite Mookerjee’s impartial view.
A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
Exactly 50 years ago, a young reporter got a once in lifetime chance to sneak into Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh and meet The Beatles.
In ‘Surat – Fall of a Port, Rise of a Prince’, Moin Mir brings to light an unknown chapter of history.
Gandhi’s last days were spent in preventing communal hatred and in devising a strategy against it. The challenge remains with us to this day.
On the 75th anniversary of Germany’s surrender at the iconic Soviet city, it is evident that Stalingrad was also a turning point in the larger practice of empire.
Fifty years ago today, the Tet Offensive exposed the US military and the global economic order it oversaw.
Did Gandhi’s death free the nation from the moral constraints that his presence seemed to have imposed on the national conscience?
Constant reading, reflecting and writing, as well as political activism, helped Gandhi pose new questions to himself.
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the assassination of Gandhi by Hindutva fanatics. The Wire is reproducing the address Jawaharlal Nehru made to the nation that day.
Forced conversions coupled with the anti-Muslim leanings of the rulers of both Alwar and Bharatpur are behind the community virtually disappearing from the area at the time of Partition.
A dig through the archives reveals just how curious it is for RSS and BJP to dictate to all Indians how and when they need to display their patriotism.
Freud never remained solely in the purview of scholars, nor were his ideas limited to the university setting.
The interplay between biology and culture reflects racial anxieties that can’t overcome the escape velocity needed to float in culture-less vacuum.
Teacher, scientist and science educator Ruchi Ram Sahni had many confrontations with orthodox Hinduism, and his liberal values led at times to social ostracism.
The 100-year-old Patna Museum is being made to part with rare artefacts to grace the posh behemoth, Bihar Museum, in order to display the “glory of Bihar”.
The veteran trade unionist passed away in Pune on January 23, 2018.
Vairamuthu’s article fails to use any authoritative source, let alone multiple ones, in support of its thesis on Andal.
Netaji’s vision of India was one where all of its many, varied communities would enjoy basic human rights, good health, literacy, decent employment, and live together in peace and harmony.
Since we are witnessing the renewal of what can be termed the battle of identities, Walcott’s work may help us to not repeat ourselves, and thereby, repeat history.
It is almost as if every number was his close friend because he was able to demonstrate an intimate knowledge of how each one of them would behave, change and work at any time.
If the minister’s pen, with RSS support, blots the page of textbooks, the Indian child will be at even greater risk of learning nothing in school than she already is.
Premchand’s nationalism often looked inward, at Indians, the decay of their culture, the condition of women and poor, the caste system or communalism.
Sunil Sharma’s Mughal Arcadia: Persian Literature in an Indian Court has implications for how we understand Mughal culture as “Indian”.
In Myanmar, state racism isn’t just perpetrated by its military, but liberals like Aung San Suu Kyi.
Defeating the Peshwa army in 1818 was a question of defeating those who imposed hundreds of years of untouchability on the Mahars.
The discourse delivered by Mahatma Gandhi at the prayer meeting on January 17, 1948, the fifth day of his final fast.
The discourse delivered by Mahatma Gandhi at the prayer meeting on January 16, 1948, the fourth day of his final fast.