The resolve to fight Hindutva forces is certainly laudable, but the myth used for the purpose may be grossly counterproductive.
At the Red Fort, on August 15, 1947, the past and the present had coalesced to mark a newly independent nation’s step towards the future.
On May 27, 1800, Banaras received a visitor who had fled from Kathmandu and who called himself Swami Nirgunanda. Four years later, the very same Nirgunanda, now reverting to his original title of Rana Bahadur Shah, entered Kathmandu and caused the rise of a bloody era of Nepal politics.
Nearly three and a half centuries ago, Irishman Gerald Aungier laid the foundation for what was to become the city of Bombay.
Does the story of the Indian railways really stop at presenting a fact file of imperial patronage?
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.
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.
About 250 years ago, Bengal suffered a debilitating famine under colonial rule, partially brought on by changes in the colonial currency system.
A vivid retelling of an improbable, historically significant, yet forgotten, military victory for the British – recounted on its 213th anniversary.
Tracing the role of Tipu Sultan’s sons in the Vellore Mutiny of 1806.
A conversation with Kate Brittlebank, whose Tiger: The Life of Tipu Sultan looks at the life and times of the dynamic, near-mythical historical character
After Tipu’s death, the East India Company orchestrated a propaganda campaign to justify its invasion of Mysore, presenting him as a collaborator in a plot to destabilise governments throughout the world.
The sun of Stratford-Upon-Avon threatens to blot out all the other voices, lives, and achievements – not only of 1616, but also the entire, incredibly rich late 16th and early 17th centuries.
In this excerpt from The Exile, Navtej Sarna recovers the voice of Maharaja Duleep Singh as he tells the story of his last encounter with the Koh-i-noor – the diamond which once belonged to him and which he insisted till the very end had been stolen by the British.
Despite the attempts of the Maratha rulers and of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan in Mysore to fight the East India Company at sea, their failure to develop an effective blue-water navy meant India could only temporarily stave off Britain’s advances.
Simple amendments in the constitution can pave the way for meaningful dialogue and peaceful resolution of the conflict. Fresh elections after that can be an honourable way out of the political stasis. The onus lies upon the ruling regime.