Although it is his role as a freedom fighter which is often discussed, Vidyarthi’s concern for communal harmony, an issue he repeatedly took up in his newspaper, must also be remembered.
‘The sword of revolution is sharpened on the whetting-stone of ideas,’ Bhagat Singh once said. And he proved that with the few masterpieces his brief but legendary life allowed him to pen.
Had the movement been launched, it would have strengthened the wider unity of the party and the revolutionaries, and inspired thousands of people to join the freedom struggle.
The Indian revolutionary, who coined the slogan ‘Inquilab Zindabad’, demanded that the British send a military detachment to execute him by firing squad; the Hindu nationalist promised to give up the fight for freedom if released – and kept his word.
From liberal laws to educational institutions to infrastructure, the British Raj contributed a lot to India.
The exhibition is a culmination of a two-year long project in which six artists from India and five from Sri Lanka traveled together to Varanasi in India and Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka.
A new book recalls the attempts by the Congress for Cultural Freedom to penetrate the Indian intellectual space.
Kanad’s positing the idea of the atom did not carry an explanatory burden; it was just a speculative thesis. It is outrageous to compare it with modern atomic theories.
Historians of South Asia have often examined large technologies but emerging research suggests that small technologies were equally important.
Artist Vivan Sundaram and cultural theorist Ashish Rajadhyaksha’s collaborative artwork exploring the 1946 Bombay Mutiny will be displayed at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai, from March 17-25.
In ‘Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth’, Audrey Truschke sifts popular imagination on the ruler’s personal and political life from historical realities.
In Attendant Lords, T.C.A. Raghavan chronicles the life of Abdur Rahim and Bairam Khan – two noblemen during a turbulent period in the Mughal history.
If the idea of freedom bound Albert Camus and Jean Paul Sartre, philosophically, then the fight for justice united them politically.
While most humans struggle to maintain a sense of psychological unity, contradictions produce destabilising breaches in the self, and they are a necessary ingredient for triggering intellectual creativity.
The present preoccupation with controlling social motion through borders is not new– in fact, it is a theme that runs throughout history.
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.