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.
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.
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy director Surender on making his first period film epic, and working with Chiranjeevi
"We had to strike a balance between the grandeur and realism required to make Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy," says director Surender Reddy.
Gujarat Congress to organise marches to Sabarmati Ashram on 27 Sep in bid to 'foil designs to destroy Gandhian ideology'
'These marches under a week-long 'Gandhi Sandesh Yatra' will be taken out on 27 September', said state Congress president Amit Chavda
Manu S Pillai's latest book features episodes from India's history and the lives of its prolific figures
Manu Pillai's The Courtesan, The Mahatma and The Italian Brahmin is filled with crisp narratives sprawled across multiple periods in an attempt to try and present interesting, engaging, significant topics, themes and figures from Indian history
India and the Indian: Hinduism, caste act as unifying forces in the country, writes Shrikanth Krishnamachary
The Hindu nationalist argument transcends mere constitutional patriotism. This view, with its roots in 19th century Hindu renaissance, is keen to personify the Indian nation as “Bharat Mata”.
In search of graves: One man's unique approach to documenting the role of Indian soldiers in World War I
KJS Chatrath has photographed 2000 gravestones for documentation, but the scope of his research on World War I goes beyond graveyards, delving into aspects like how the soldiers lived and what problems they faced.
Jallianwala Bagh massacre centenary: How much do you know about the incident? Take this quiz to find out
Indians across the country paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on 13 April 1919, as a 100 years lapsed since the incident.
Pillai's novel which bagged several awards including the Tata Literature Live! Best Debut (Non-fiction) Prize is a retelling of the life and work of Sethu Lakshmi Bayi, the last queen of the House of Travancore
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.
Property of a Gentleman, Stamps from the Nizam of Hyderabad’s Dominions looks back at India's postal heritage
The stamps from the exhibit — Property of a Gentleman: Stamps from the Nizam of Hyderabad’s Dominions — were not only created for practical use but also as a way of celebrating the material heritage and culture of the region.
UK govt says it is 'reflecting' on demands for formal apology for Jallianwala Bagh massacre during British Raj
The UK government is "reflecting" on demands for a formal apology for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in April 1919 during the British Raj.
Shyam Saran Negi prepares to vote in Lok Sabha polls for 17th time: India's oldest voter seeks strong leader as PM
In October 1951, Shyam Saran Negi became the first person to vote in Independent India. Now, over 67 years on, Negi has not missed voting in a single election
RBI governor Shaktikanta Das takes charge: Seen as a safe bet by govt, new chief of Mint Street starts on a weak wicket
Das is a post-graduate in history and he cleared one exam many years back. Typically, the RBI governor tends to have a Ph.D. in economics.
The Brahminisation of justice or why our English-only Supreme Court needs a taste of linguistic democracy
The privilege that English enjoys in the Supreme Court needs to be diluted in order to make its portals accessible to those who speak languages different from the clipped and accented English of foreign-educated but exorbitantly expensive lawyers