History

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ART & CULTURE

 |  4-minute read
The cinema travellers, History, Bollywood, Searching for saraswati

Why Searching for Saraswati matters

The film manages to make the viewers question the wisdom of those elected to power and the worrying, rising trend of distorting history.

ART & CULTURE

 |  5-minute read
Delhi, Public Spaces, Tughlaq sultanate, History

Of sarais and Sultanates: What the remains of two centuries-old inns in Delhi tell us

Spaces of public use have changed a lot since the medieval times, but some things remain the same.

ART & CULTURE

 |  10-minute read
History, Delhi

Why Delhi has 14 cities and a cursed Sultan

Its every stone is crying out to be loved.

VOICES

 |  5-minute read
History, Masculinity, God, Love

Sexy and masculinity – a caricature of insecurities

I can only note that love and intimate relationships are vulnerable to differences in ideology.

ART & CULTURE

 |  2-minute read
History, Hinduism, Islam, Mughals

Truth about whether Hindus were forced to convert to Islam during Mughal rule

[Book extract] Political relations should be examined in terms of the politics of the time.

VARIETY

 |  5-minute read
Mythology, BJP, History, RSS

India belongs to Hindus, Ramayana is not a myth: BJP govt is making (up) history

A Centre-appointed panel has already been given conclusions, and is to work backwards to find evidence to support them.

ART & CULTURE

 |  15-minute read
Mughals, History, Science, Hinduism

Shashi Tharoor on how Hindutva discredits science and distorts history

[Book extract] We need to use the past as a springboard, not as a battlefield.

HUMOUR

 |  3-minute read
History, Famous generals, Oxford professor, Twitter thread

Where's the toilet: This hilarious Twitter thread will change the way you look at portraits

Oxford professor Jonathan Healey shows historical generals in a new light.

ART & CULTURE

 |  8-minute read
History, Thangjam Manorama, Genitals, Nudity

The power of nudity: How exposing naked body and genitals changed the world

[Book extract] Do obscene gestures or words conjure up protecting forces?

POLITICS

 |  4-minute read
BJP, Mythology, History, Padmavati

Padmavati row: We choose our history to suit our narrative

Even as Gujarat goes to polls and the nation battles the aftermath of GST and demonetisation, we choose to focus our energies on a movie.