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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Firstpost Editor's Picks: Congress plays coy, why youths turn cow vigilantes, Sikhs through colonial lens; today's must-read stories
Almost three weeks ago, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra dropped her first hint.
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
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
Maryse Condé's works are most often set against the backdrops of slavery, colonialism, and exploitation
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
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
As India ups Britain on world stage, sourpuss daily writes obit of our democracy: Did you pick the wrong country, FT?
The crux is that we don't need lessons from Britain on how to conduct ourselves any more than we need reparations.
A BJP MLA demanded on Wednesday that the landmark Gateway of India be renamed "Bharat Dwaar" as a fitting tribute to patriots, martyrs and freedom fighters.
Abdul Karim was 24 when he travelled from Agra to England in 1887, to serve at Queen Victoria's court
How was it that a race/nation that came to India as supplicants seeking permission to trade with us ended up as our imperial overlords? And what have been the continuing consequences of the same
I find it difficult to see any virtue in recalling the colonial yoke and celebrating Independence. We shouldn’t have let the East India Company to tea into the country anyway. And our princely states gave in pretty easily
In terms of global political power, India has become strategic for both the USA as well as the developing countries