History

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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

 |   Long-form
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.

ART & CULTURE

 |  4-minute read
History, Sanjay leela bhansali, Alauddin Khilji, Padmavati controversy

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati is full of historical mistakes - and he must admit it

It will be an embarrassment if the movie fails to give Rajasthan tourism a shot in the arm.

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.