A firm promoter of Hindu-Muslim unity, Amba Prasad fought the colonial powers through his writings and was even arrested several times for exposing the injustices of colonial rule.
Akbar, and the later Mughals, celebrated a variety of festivals. This was one way of seeking political validation as well as constructing kingship over different ethnicities.
Instead of emphasising the Hindu origins of Muslim monuments and staking a claim over them, the new RSS strategy is to belittle their importance and denounce them so as to denigrate Muslims by suspecting their ‘Indian-ness’.
The 38-year-old Harvard scholar works on migration in South and Southeast Asia, and how this shapes social and cultural dynamics.
Periyar and his legacy can always be problematised. But a necessary pre-condition for this is that he must not be decontextualised.
Recounting the Nepali Congress’s attempt to overthrow the Rana government.
Ramagupta is mainly known to us via Devichandraguptam. However, this play is lost and only fragments of it appear in later works.
The curator of Kashmir’s sole private museum wanted the present generation to witness, experience and relate to their past through the rich history preserved in rare artifacts and objects.
Tamil Nadu’s public institutions have been exorcised of the Brahmin ghost and are now ruled by non-brahmins and non-Dalits. It is to hide this that a fake Brahmin-ghost is continuously being exorcised.
Voices like Gandhi’s risked their lives, tirelessly telling us how to overcome the deathly traps of majoritarian nationalism.
Today, Champaran must save democracy from the drabness of majoritarian politics by creating new fictions for colour, for diversity, and for pluralism.
Gandhi will survive the state-sponsored assault on ahimsa only if we find the Mahatma within us.
In Democracy in Iran: Why It Failed and How It Might Succeed, Misagh Parsa asks why some countries democratise themselves through reform, while others have to take the revolution route.
Often referred to as the last of the old masters, Francisco Goya’s artistic vision was a few hundred years ahead of his time.
Periyar problematised what freedom meant, who it benefitted and who it excluded. But that doesn’t mean he gave a clean chit to colonialism.
As well as giving us the concept of zero, Indian mathematicians made seminal contributions to the study of trigonometry, algebra, arithmetic and negative numbers.
The American Historical Association cited the park as a good example of preserving historical artefacts. They probably wouldn’t have said that if they’d been there.
Artists without professional training are exhibiting their talents across the city – from the imaginative pandals to the lively performances.
A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
Ghosh’s work remain relevant as the world grapples with issues of communitarian and identity politics, refugees, and conflicting ideas of nationhood and belonging.
The Bharatiya Jana Sangh fudged evidence in order to blame its leader’s murder on a conspiracy, but Justice Chandrachud saw through these efforts.
This week, the Time Machine looks at the mythology surrounding Durga and traditions of goddess worship.
As Mosul rebuilds, its past is a reminder that Islam is not a rigid rulebook of regulations and prohibitions, but a complex religion that has often embraced many traditions.
The reason is simple. The national intellectual landscape is verdant. The Dravidian landscape, on the other hand, is an arid desert, and Periyar was the only cactus plant to have bloomed in it.
Just as Sindh’s past cannot be reduced to the history of one community, one sect or one faith, so should we aim for an inclusive present for the province.
The Indian Air Force, then less than 10 years old, was in the process of helping the British Royal Air Force in suppressing the Pashtuns…
Hundreds of thousands of Indians fled Burma when Japan invaded in 1942, including my father and his family.
Textbooks will be changed to reflect this, Dinesh Sharma said, because students should not spend so much time studying “invaders”.
An excerpt from Revolutionary Passions shows that Bhagat Singh – who the Hindu Right tends to project as an antidote to the Congress and Gandhi – not only had close relations with Congress leaders, but was also critical of Hinduism.
Indian historical fiction comes into its own with Devi Yesodharan’s Empire, a gripping novel of war, intrigue and adventure set in the 11th century Chola empire.
Yad Vashem in Israel, filled with belongings and pictures of victims of the Holocaust, is meant to honour the millions of Jews killed in the Second World War.
Amid the slow and accumulating distortions in school textbooks, monuments and mainstream media, we need a renewed scrutiny of the majoritarian nationalism that was behind the 1947 catastrophe.
This week, the Time Machine looks at how in the aftermath of 9/11, the narrative of grief was appropriated into one of patriotic vengeance.
Eric Hobsbawm’s autobiography, Interesting Times: A Twentieth-Century Life, is a vast treasure house of memories and provides a look into the past and the events that have shaped the world of today.
‘Incredible India’ is easier said than done. It’s time the Modi government took concrete steps to harness and exploit our rich heritage.
Meet the son who is a sore trial to all father figures and patriarchs – the biological father, guru, rulers or politicians. Harishankar Parsai (1924-1995) is once again at his satirical best.
Hazarika, who would have been 91 on Friday, wore many hats throughout his lifetime. What was uncanny however was his ability to bring the world to the people of Assam, long before globalisation made the word smaller.
Because of leaders and texts being dispersed across the country, much of the original Lingayat teaching was lost for centuries, giving rise to various confusions.
From organising financial support to editing his manuscripts, Sister Nivedita made sure the pioneering Indian scientist was able to continue with and share his work.
This week, the Time Machine recounts how an unidentified serial killer terrorised the Whitechapel district of London in 1888.