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In decoding the language of cricket, a look into the game's culture, gendered outlook and current lingual challenges
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In decoding the language of cricket, a look into the game's culture, gendered outlook and current lingual challenges

Cricket's greatest linguistic hurdle has come to the fore: the terms ‘batsman’ and ‘man of the match/series’ are now of a piece with terms like chairman, businessman and so on – gendered oddities that need a quick fix.

Why the defacement of Winston Churchill's statue in London stirs Bengalis 77 years since the famine
Lifestyle

Why the defacement of Winston Churchill's statue in London stirs Bengalis 77 years since the famine

While there are massive statues of Winston Churchill commemorating his 'historical significance', acknowledgment of the Bengal Famine, let alone any memorialisation of it, has been ostentatiously forgone

Komagata Maru: The voyage that exposed the British Empire for what it was — a glorified profit-seeking operation
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Komagata Maru: The voyage that exposed the British Empire for what it was — a glorified profit-seeking operation

Less than two decades after the legendary Battle of Saragarhi, the much-feted soldiers of the British Empire came up against it in the Komagata Maru incident of 1914.

Migrants across eras: Exodus caused by lockdown mirrors untold suffering of indentured labourers from 19th century
India

Migrants across eras: Exodus caused by lockdown mirrors untold suffering of indentured labourers from 19th century

Like the migrants who are currently walking back home across states, a century-and-a-half ago, many Indians — indentured labourers all — made similar travels in cattle-like conditions on steamships. Most ended up being cheated and denied a fair shot at life.

Totaram Sanadhya, an Indian in Fiji: A life defined by the indentured labour system and the fight against it
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Totaram Sanadhya, an Indian in Fiji: A life defined by the indentured labour system and the fight against it

An indentured labourer sent to Fiji, Totaram Sanadhya survived near-starvation and back-breaking work to become a successful sugarcane farmer. He travelled throughout the islands, meeting labourers and listening to their tales of woe. He would go on to write a letter to Mahatma Gandhi, requesting that an English-speaking lawyer be despatched to Fiji to help the Indians get organised

William Dalrymple on writing The Anarchy, his history of the East India Company's conquest of the subcontinent
Life

William Dalrymple on writing The Anarchy, his history of the East India Company's conquest of the subcontinent

Through William Dalrymple’s enjoyable history of the East India Company, a study in contrasts emerges: the juxtaposition of the Company’s rise in India with the Mughal empire’s collapse, the personalities of the emperor Shah Alam and Robert Clive, and quite importantly, the perception of the ‘Raj’ in India versus the reality of a corporate, profit-driven enterprise being at the helm.

Jallianwala Bagh massacre: ‘Regret’ doesn’t cut it, Britain ought to say ‘sorry’
India

Jallianwala Bagh massacre: ‘Regret’ doesn’t cut it, Britain ought to say ‘sorry’

Jallianwala Bagh: The empire is still seen by some as a huge achievement for a tiny island nation

How the British transformed, subjugated the Punjab through canals — and left it vulnerable to external shocks
India

How the British transformed, subjugated the Punjab through canals — and left it vulnerable to external shocks

History’s rhythmic drumbeats echo loudly in the Indus valley, and in how the British transformed a community-based rural economy (one that was arguably ill-equipped to make that transition) to a market-based economy, and left it vulnerable to external shocks.

Raghu Karnad on winning Windham-Campbell Prize, his book on India's role in WWII, and forgotten histories
Life

Raghu Karnad on winning Windham-Campbell Prize, his book on India's role in WWII, and forgotten histories

According to Karnad, World War II was the largest military engagement that Indians and the Indian states ever participated in. In Indian history, Indians had never fought a war larger than this.

100th anniversary of end of World War-I: Participation of Indian soldiers helped build army's leadership capabilities
India

100th anniversary of end of World War-I: Participation of Indian soldiers helped build army's leadership capabilities

Indians of a particular type get prickly about native troops who went to either World War-I or World War-II. The most merciless label has been to call them 'mercenaries.'

100th anniversary of end of World War-I: Memory of Indian soldiers who took part should evoke rage against British Empire
India

100th anniversary of end of World War-I: Memory of Indian soldiers who took part should evoke rage against British Empire

By valorising the sacrifices of Indian soldiers during World War-I, we insult the memories of those who resisted the empire—and exonerate those who sent soldiers to fight.

Queen Victoria, re-examined: In The English Maharani, Miles Taylor looks anew at her legacy, rule in India
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Queen Victoria, re-examined: In The English Maharani, Miles Taylor looks anew at her legacy, rule in India

Miles Taylor, the author of the The English Maharani, speaks about writing of Queen Victoria as being invested and interested in India and its people

How Winston Churchill's bias against Indians led to one of the world’s greatest man-made disasters
Life

How Winston Churchill's bias against Indians led to one of the world’s greatest man-made disasters

Placing the tragedy that was the Bengal Famine of 1943 into the larger context of World War II, India’s freedom struggle and Winston Churchill’s legacy

What Sigmund Freud, psychoanalysis had to do with the British Empire's hold over India, colonies
Life

What Sigmund Freud, psychoanalysis had to do with the British Empire's hold over India, colonies

Historian Erik Linstrum spoke with us about the importance of Sigmund Freud's ideas and psychoanalysis to the Empire, and how these were applied in India | #FirstCulture

Victoria & Abdul: The story of the unlikely friendship between a queen and her munshi
Life

Victoria & Abdul: The story of the unlikely friendship between a queen and her munshi

Abdul Karim was 24 when he travelled from Agra to England in 1887, to serve at Queen Victoria's court

Israel-Palestine two-state solution: What comes after Donald Trump's ambiguous yet unsettling remarks?
World

Israel-Palestine two-state solution: What comes after Donald Trump's ambiguous yet unsettling remarks?

Donald Trump, the newly elected president of the United States of America met Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel; the US-Israel bond was "unbreakable" claimed Trump.

The Kohinoor's true (and bloody) history is traced by William Dalrymple, Anita Anand
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The Kohinoor's true (and bloody) history is traced by William Dalrymple, Anita Anand

William Dalrymple and Anita Anand spoke to Firstpost about how they uncovered the true history of the Kohinoor, the 'world's most infamous diamond'

Did you know: India still has pre-World War-II era law
India

Did you know: India still has pre-World War-II era law

Even 67 years after India's Independence, the country's statute book still has a law which provides for punishment to those who dissuade people from taking part in a war in which the "British Empire" is involved.