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Explained: How colonialism is linked to climate change
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Explained: How colonialism is linked to climate change

Historic and ongoing forms of colonialism have helped to increase the vulnerability of specific people and places to the effects of climate change

Nigeria's looted treasures return to traditional palace after over 100 years
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Nigeria's looted treasures return to traditional palace after over 100 years

The return of the two artefacts comes as calls grow in Africa for Western countries to return colonial spoils from their museums and private collections

Anand Mahindra shares Twitter thread on East India Company, says 'delighted to be part of turning history upside down'
India

Anand Mahindra shares Twitter thread on East India Company, says 'delighted to be part of turning history upside down'

Mahindra responded to a Twitter thread by author and tech expert Jaspreet Bindra, who gave a short history of the EIC and spoke about Indian-origin businessman Sanjiv Mehtawho bought it in the early 2000s

Abdulrazak Gurnah, UK-based Tanzanian writer, awarded Nobel Prize for Literature 2021
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Abdulrazak Gurnah, UK-based Tanzanian writer, awarded Nobel Prize for Literature 2021

The Swedish Academy said the award was in recognition of his “uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents”

Where do tattoos come from? A history of ancient art as humans use it to document pandemic
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Where do tattoos come from? A history of ancient art as humans use it to document pandemic

The oldest preserved tattoos come from Ötzi the Iceman, a 5,300-year-old mummified body frozen in ice discovered in the mountains of Italy in 1991

India, that is Bharat book review: J Sai Deepak makes pressing arguments about colonialism
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India, that is Bharat book review: J Sai Deepak makes pressing arguments about colonialism

In the book, J Sai Deepak argues that while the colonisation of the Indian landscape may have been reversed, the minds continue to be possessed, and ultimately handicapped by a historical narrative that the outsider set for us.

British royals can't continue to ignore colonialist past and racist present, amid Harry-Meghan's claims in Oprah interview
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British royals can't continue to ignore colonialist past and racist present, amid Harry-Meghan's claims in Oprah interview

Harry noted that the press attacks on his wife had “colonial undertones”, which the royal family refused to address. These are part of a longer history of colonialism and racism in which the Windsors are entangled.

As European countries mull meaningful steps to end colonial legacies, Sweden makes for an important case study
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As European countries mull meaningful steps to end colonial legacies, Sweden makes for an important case study

The EU has some way to go to fully recognise, let alone address, the structural legacies of colonialism.

White Mughals, Whitewashing, Whitesplaining: The neo-colonial manipulation of our history by its self-appointed gatekeepers
India

White Mughals, Whitewashing, Whitesplaining: The neo-colonial manipulation of our history by its self-appointed gatekeepers

As long as we allow people with colonial mentalities to act as the self-appointed gatekeepers of our own history, culture, and knowledge systems, placing them upon a pedestal because of their accents or social circles, the process of decolonisation is incomplete.

Kew's Director of Science: Time to decolonise botanical collections, challenge imperialist view that downplays indigenous knowledge
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Kew's Director of Science: Time to decolonise botanical collections, challenge imperialist view that downplays indigenous knowledge

For hundreds of years, rich countries in the north have exploited natural resources and human knowledge in the south. Colonial botanists would embark on dangerous expeditions in the name of science but were ultimately tasked with finding economically profitable plants. Much of Kew’s work in the 19th century focused on the movement of such plants around the British Empire, which means we too have a legacy that is deeply rooted in colonialism.

New database of pre-Independence Indian periodicals from 1857-1947 reflects a nation forging its identity
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New database of pre-Independence Indian periodicals from 1857-1947 reflects a nation forging its identity

For years Professor Rahul Sagar worked with researchers, students and libraries from around the world to collate a database of Indian Periodicals that flourished between 1857 and 1947 and are evidence of a once fertile land of reading, writing and intellectual discourse. In an interview with Firstpost, Sagar spoke about the challenges of his endeavour, what the existence of such rich yet lost texts proves, and why these periodicals all eventually disappeared.

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

Japan's new emperor Naruhito speaks of 'deep remorse' in first speech marking WWII, echoes language of his father Akihito
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Japan's new emperor Naruhito speaks of 'deep remorse' in first speech marking WWII, echoes language of his father Akihito

Japan's new emperor spoke Thursday of "deep remorse" over the country's wartime past in his first speech to commemorate the end of World War II since his enthronement in May

Uzma Aslam Khan on The Miraculous True History of Nomi Ali, imagining the unimaginable with historical fiction
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Uzma Aslam Khan on The Miraculous True History of Nomi Ali, imagining the unimaginable with historical fiction

Uzma Aslam Khan's fifth novel The Miraculous True History of Nomi Ali is a sensitively crafted alternate perspective of history. In this interview, Khan talks about her inspirations and shares an excerpt from the book.

A parade of militarism, with no place for soldier or citizen
India

A parade of militarism, with no place for soldier or citizen

Symbolic militarism, including that on display at the Republic Day Parade, is a salve to past injuries and a proclamation of contemporary prowess

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.

Guadeloupean writer Maryse Condé wins the New Academy Prize for Literature 2018 for her bestselling novel, Segu
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Guadeloupean writer Maryse Condé wins the New Academy Prize for Literature 2018 for her bestselling novel, Segu

Maryse Condé's works are most often set against the backdrops of slavery, colonialism, and exploitation

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