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VARIETY

 |  6-minute read
Dara Shikoh, Citizenship amendment act, Aurangzeb, Partition

Remembering Mughal prince Dara Shukoh in Modi era of Hindutva and Citizenship Amendment Act

Avik Chanda’s book Dara Shukoh, The Man Who Would Be King takes a hard look at the man, the ruler and the secularist in him.

POLITICS

 |  2-minute read
Lalu Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Mamata Banerjee, Aurangzeb

Why Mayawati-Ajit Jogi tie-up is a sign of difficult times to come

If a coalition government comes to power post-2019 Lok Sabha polls, unemployment will only rise and farmers' distress will keep mounting.

VOICES

 |  Aage Se Right  |  5-minute read
Historians, William Dalrymple, Aurangzeb, Audrey Truschke

The secret to Audrey Truschke's success (no, it's not her scholarship)

The historian who has surpassed William Dalrymple's popularity online has figured out how to be a hit. Simple. By hurting Hindu feelings.

ART & CULTURE

 |  11-minute read
Sarmad, Abhai chand, Dara Shikoh, Aurangzeb

Beheaded by Aurangzeb: The madness of a naked fakir, Sarmad, who loved a Hindu boy

His love is telling of how religion and heterosexuality could be in the fluid zone in the day-to-day affairs of medieval society.

VARIETY

 |  7-minute read
Shivaji, Aurangzeb, Mughal Empire

Why Shivaji broke away from the Mughals — and established the Maratha reign

He became a sovereign in his own right.

POLITICS

 |  Rough Cut  |  4-minute read
Aurangzeb, Padmaavat, RSS, Karni Sena

How are Rajput Karni Sena and RSS any different from what they imagine Aurangzeb to be?

The irony is that Sanjay Leela Bhansali has made a film that celebrates every virtue the Rajputs hold dear.

POLITICS

 |  3-minute read
Narendra Modi, Mughal rulers, Rahul Gandhi, Aurangzeb

Why Aurangzeb's name should not be used as an insult by Modi and Hindu nationalists

The British presented a skewed picture of the Mughal ruler in order to justify the horrors of colonialism.

VARIETY

 |  4-minute read
Aurangzeb, Mughal, Rakhi, Rakshabandhan

How a Hindu woman came to tie a rakhi to a Mughal emperor

This is a tragic story of love and loss, and at the heart of it is India’s Ganga-Jumni culture.

ART & CULTURE

 |  4-minute read
Hindus, Mughal history, Aurangzeb

Why liberals love to humanise Aurangzeb

A new book on the Mughal ruler has gone wrong on a couple of major points.

POLITICS

 |  5-minute read
Aurangzeb, Samajwadi Party, Assembly elections 2017

Why 'Tipu' Akhilesh Yadav is afraid of being called 'Aurangzeb'

Five reasons why the CM is still looking for an olive branch from the rival camp of his father.