History

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POLITICS

 |  7-minute read
History, Yogi Adityanath, Akbar, Mughals

Calling Mughals invaders is Adityanath's way of othering Indian Muslims

Stereotypes and biases lead to distorted understandings of the past, which negatively affects the present and haunts the future.

ART & CULTURE

 |  7-minute read
Architecture, History, Hinduism, Temples

How temples tell stories from Mahabharata and Ramayana

In the ancient Indian context, narrative architectures have been widely adopted as a medium of storytelling.

VARIETY

 |  7-minute read
Food, History, Hing

Smells like nostalgia? The rich and pungent history of hing

Indians are, perhaps, the largest consumer of hing, though it has always been an import.

ART & CULTURE

 |   Long-form
Libraries, Agra, History

Memories of growing up in Agra and revisiting John's Public Library

Something else also happened in these years, though there are few statements to the contrary - religion collided with science.

ART & CULTURE

 |   Long-form
Bahadur Shah Zafar, History, Mughals

What happened to the Mughals after the fall of the Mughal Empire?

An intense curiosity led me to research on the life of the dynasty after the British took over Delhi on September 14, 1857.

POLITICS

 |  Beyond Politics  |  4-minute read
History, Taj Mahal, Tourism

Taj Mahal earns 25cr a year: Why our heritage sites are running in losses

A monument itself cannot suffice for a holistic experience for any traveller.

LIFE

 |  Fortune Cookie  |  3-minute read
Food, Rashtrapati Bhavan, History

Around India's First Table serves Rashtrapati Bhavan's history in style

You'll get a sense of that joy of inheritance as you criss-cross decades on a guided tour of the book by Elizabeth Collingham.

POLITICS

 |  3-minute read
History, Indus Valley Civilisation, Independence Day

How we can make Bharat rise again

It is time for India as a political state to acknowledge and support itself as a civilisation.

ART & CULTURE

 |   Long-form
Book Extract, History, Wrestling

How wrestling flourished in medieval India under Mughal and Hindu rulers

[Book extract] The word 'pahlavan' is thought to be derived from the name of the Parthian tribe in Iran and its Arcaside dynasty dating back to 250 BCE.

ART & CULTURE

 |  5-minute read
History, Rajputs, Ramayana, Women

Sita to Padmini: How women's roles helped romanticise our history

They were a creation of the bards striving to soften the blow for the generations to come.