British Raj News
Renaming a British-designed sham Mughal Gardens as Amrit Udyan is apt
The reason our colonial rulers named a garden conceptualised by two Britons as Mughal rather than, say, Windsor, is far from altruistic
Why Kohinoor could now prove to be a lucky diamond
Stirring and stoking a controversy over it can deflect attention from other potential coronation spoilers for Charles and Camilla
Modi@72: How prime minister has embarked on a mission to restore India's legacy through self-reliance
Be it reclaiming the rich legacy of our forgotten freedom fighters like Netaji Bose or restoring the proud legacy of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the Modi government has truly decolonised our mindset too
From Kingsway to Kartavya Path: A trip down Rajpath's memory lane
The three-kilometre stretch, one of the most important roads in India, is more than 100 years old. The British called it Kingsway. Today, Rajpath will officially be renamed Kartavya Path, as India takes yet another step to shed its colonial past
India@75: Tales of sacrifice, pain, and courage from the freedom struggle come alive in these 10 books
Important incidents, freedom fighters, and leaders who led the masses to a new India are remembered for their sacrifices that may not be contained in a thousand books. However, here is a list of 10 books to summarise the freedom struggle, its important people and the 75 years lived as a free country
Approach govt first: Delhi HC on plea to change call sign 'VT' on Indian aircraft
A bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad said courts are not supposed to change the call sign and it is the government and the lawmakers who legislate
BJP member files plea in HC to declare British Raj prefix in Indian aircraft call sign as against sovereignty
Most countries that were colonised by the British have successfully changed their call signs while India has still continued to carry this symbol of the 'British Raj', the petitioner said
How the British were the worst colonisers ever known to humanity
Reading MJ Akbar’s new book, one gets a sense of how the British Raj not only ended the Indian way of life and values, but also instilled a system and mindset that embraced its exploitative ways
Amid Udupi hijab controversy, demand for Uniform Civil Code grows stronger
The hijab controversy — a completely avoidable incident otherwise — lays emphasis on the need for a Uniform Civil Code in the country
We existed as a nation before British: Why Rahul Gandhi needs to stop rediscovering India
Rahul Gandhi must realise that even his great-grandfather, Jawaharlal Nehru, talked about the continuity of India as a nation, Indian nationalism, and Indian culture in terms of 5,000 years
Ramachandra Guha: I haven’t written Rebels Against the Raj to influence Indians on their political preferences
Renowned historian Ramachandra Guha hopes his new book Rebels against the Raj helps readers gain a deeper understanding of the India that was, and perhaps also of the India that might be.
How Birsa Munda led his people into organised rebellion against Church and British rule
Birsa Munda appealed to thousands of his followers to renounce Christianity and return to their original faith
In The Break of Dawn, illustrated tales of Awadh's struggles during India's First War of Independence
Originally published in Urdu under the title Aghaaz-e-Sahar, The Break of Dawn is a reminder of a time when Indians of all classes and faiths came together to fight for the honour and freedom of their homeland.
Read an excerpt from Arjun Raj Gaind's The Anatomy of Scars, based on the aftermath of Operation Blue Star
Amidst mounting conflict, when the protagonist of Gaind's narrative, a young boy named Himmat, visits his grandparents in Amritsar he becomes witness not only to the acts of dissidents fighting for a free Khalistan but also the violence brought on in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi's death.
On Bal Gangadhar Tilak's 100th death anniversary, stories of his childhood, how he moulded Pune's culture
Today, Bal Gangadhar Tilak's influence can be felt strongly in the city’s pulse – in the elongated Tilak Road (one of many in India); in the sarvajanik Ganeshotsav and Shivajayanti festivities, celebrations which he organised to nurture communal harmony; and in the Kesari Wada, his home, nestled in the heart of the city.
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
With a recent translation, Sunil Gangopadhyay's Bengali novel Blood is set to entice a new generation of readers
Renowned Bengali writer Sunil Gangopadhyay’s Blood is the story of Tapan, who spends years running away from the trauma of his father’s murder at the hands of a British officer, only to run into Alice, the daughter of his father’s killer, while on a visit to the UK.
Narendra Modi pays tribute to Jallianwala Bagh massacre martyrs, says valour will 'inspire Indians for years to come'
British Indian troops on the orders of Brigadier General Reginald Dyer had opened fire on a large group of people who had gathered at Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar to celebrate Baisakhi, the harvest festival.
The Aladia Sisters: Khalid Mohamed writes of six Muslim girls who ran away from home to define their destinies
The Aladia Sisters traverses the era of the British Raj, the Partition and India’s Independence to the here and now of the Internet millennium to tell the story of six sisters who belong to a patriarchal Muslim family.
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.