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.
The grim memories of Kristallnacht teach us that it is the silence of those who ought not be silent that could ultimately lead to ruin.
An extract from Kate Brittlebank’s Tiger: The Life of Tipu Sultan.
As a society reaping the benefits of all the great scientific discoveries coming from model organisms, it is imperative to continue to support such creative inquiry in as many systems as possible.
There are numerous facts and instances that highlight just how much of an impact Gandhi’s passive resistance campaigns in India and South Africa had in West Africa.
M. Hashim Kidwai’s memoir recollects the student movements at Lucknow University, the role of Muslims in resisting Partition, and their participation in politics and academics after Independence.
Archival material reveals Pakistan held backroom talks with South Africa over the ‘treatment of Indians’ issue to create a separate community of Muslims of Indian origin in that country and pave the way for diplomatic recognition of Pretoria.
An eye witness account of a brutal killing of a Sikh after Indira Gandhi’s assassination 32 years ago
At 94, a forgotten hero of India’s struggle for freedom returns to the scene of his most daring exploit in the anti-British Raj uprising that saw a parallel government established in Satara, Maharashtra, in 1943.
By The Conversation not exerting its editorial rights from the start and then hastily taking down a piece, an important conversation was prevented from happening.
Sourced from the National Archives of India, The Wire presents a key document from India’s modern history
Formal mathematics creates a slave mentality. It creates a person who blindly relies on Western authority and conflates it with infallible truth.
A look at the Persian literary incarnation of the Brahman and the presentation of religious difference in the work of poet Abdul Qadir “Bedil”.
It is important to remember that the early Gandhi had little contact with Africans and did not understand their sensitivities.
It is clear that the early Arab medicine described by the Prophet, and practiced before and during his lifetime, was very much alive and influential throughout the time of Yūnānī medical manuscript production and study in India.
The winner of the American Historical Association’s prize for the best South Asian history book discusses Ashoka’s appeal as a historical figure, his conception of kingship and his relevance today.
Gandhi’s famous sojourn in Noakhali was the ultimate test for the idea and practice of non-violence. It failed.
“India’s abiding interest in nuclear energy grew out of a deep conviction that the power of atoms can be harnessed to help the country achieve human and societal development.”