History

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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

 |   Long-form
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

 |   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.