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.
Ira Mukhoty on her book Akbar, and why the Mughal monarch remains, 'despite the current climate, a beloved figure'
In Akbar: The Great Mughal, writer Ira Mukhoty demystifies the 16th century ruler and sheds light on why he continues to hold sway on the culture and society of the subcontinent.
National Theatre's Dara examines life of the Mughal prince, showcases his socio-political relevance in contemporary discourse
In an uncomfortable dichotomy with some bearing on real-life perceptions of Muslims, Dara Shukoh is remembered as a translator of the Upanishads, and religiously syncretic to the core, whereas an archetypal Aurangzeb destroyed temples and imposed Jizya on non-Muslims even as he ruled by Sharia law.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj death anniversary: Warrior king, who set up Maratha empire, was first to establish Marathi as official language
The man who laid the foundation Maratha empire, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is celebrated throughout Maharashtra and the rest of India for his conquests and valour
The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from the Uttar Pradesh government on a PIL filed by Allahabad Heritage Society challenging the decision to change the rename the city of Allahabad to Prayagraj.
A fascinating new history of Dara Shukoh delves into the life, ideas of Mughal scion who would have been king
An immensely fascinating subject, Dara Shukoh was a modern intellectual: a practicing Sufi, scholar, theologian, poet, calligrapher, chronicler, builder, connoisseur of the arts, and an indefatigable evangelist of syncretic ideas that were centuries ahead of his time
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.
William Dalrymple’s The Anarchy offers a vivid reconstruction of Indian history under East India Company
William Dalrymple's new book The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence and the Pillage of an Empire deals primarily with the East India Company, its history and doings in India, concluding with its final triumph when it defeated the Marathas and directly or indirectly controlled all of India under Richard Wellesley
Though Chandni Chowk is a clumsy, congested market with narrow alleys today, it was once a glorious bazaar that housed Mughal amirs and was the centre of trade in Shahjahanabad. Sahapedia delves into the history of this chaotic bazaar that was built in 1650 by Jahanara Begum, daughter of Mumtaz Mahal and Emperor Shah Jahan, whose charm remains unmatched.
In The Camel Merchant of Philadelphia, Sarbpreet Singh writes about the colourful world of Maharaja Ranjit Singh's court
In his historical non-fiction book, Sarbpreet Singh explores the conquests and foibles of the Sikh ruler, Ranjit Singh, the treasons endured by his regime and how the empire he built crumbled upon his death and fell into the lap of the East India Company.
ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2019: Award winning authors Ben Okri, Markus Zusak among speakers on Day 2
At Jaipur, notable author Markus Zusak of the bestselling novel, The Book Thief and Nobel laureate Sri Venki Ramakrishnan are among the many notable figures in literature and science who will be present on the second day of the annual literary extravaganza
Takht: Karan Johar wanted film to be set in Mughal era for its 'love, lust, decadence, and violence'
Takht will be written by Hussain Haidry (dialogue) and Sumit Roy (screenplay, dialogue).
Allahabad to be renamed Prayagraj: Yogi Adityanath's bid to wipe Akbar's name off Indian history is problematic
Symbolism in denigrating a ruler like Akbar points towards a disturbing trend but that has been happening for quite sometime now. The BJP strategy is probably to belittle their (Muslim rulers and kings) importance and denounce them by "suspecting their 'Indian-ness'.
In the Mulberry Courtesan, Sikeena Karmali weaves the story of a young woman in Bahadur Shah Zafar's crumbling empire
The Mulberry Courtesan is a feminist book and yet Laale’s narrative is overshadowed by the twilight of the Mughal Empire
Karan Johar's next directorial Takht consists of a galaxy of stars but he still chose to throw ample light on the writers Hussain Haidry and Sumit Roy.
Rembrandt's copies of Mughal paintings are a testament of not only to how highly this Indian art form was regarded by the Dutch, but also of how globalised the 17th century art world was | #FirstCulture
On this Lutyens’ Delhi road stands a house allotted to Mahesh Giri, BJP MP from East Delhi. In here, one can get a sense of the contours of the master plan for a Narendra Modi victory in the 2019 elections.
We do not need to re-interpret Aurangzeb, for, revulsion for his conduct in the past cannot be misinterpreted as revulsion for people of his own faith in the present.
Historian Audrey Truschke says she wrote her book on Aurangzeb, which has triggered quite the backlash, because she felt there was a hunger among some in India for a balanced, historically-based view of the Mughal emperor
How could anyone in India name their son after Taimur, a man who ordered so much bloodshed in India?