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From samosas to Fado music, an online initiative is celebrating everything creole in India

July 29, 2020 11:04:12 pm

In an attempt to celebrate the remarkable cultural interchanges in creolised cultures, through discussions and performances, Ananya Jahanara Kabir and Ari Gautier have launched an online initiative, ‘Le thinnai kreyol’.

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From Manusmriti to Indian Matchmaking, tracing the roots of arranged marriages

July 26, 2020 8:48:43 am

Sociologists agree that the arranged marriage system is drawn from the idea of maintaining caste purity. At the same time, the concept of arranged marriage was also deeply rooted in political and economic necessities.

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Important for Tablighi Jamaat to speak on issues of Islamic interests: Author of new book

July 22, 2020 1:25:57 pm

"Tablighi Jamaat congregation followed rules… till its first suspected Covid-19 case," says Ziya Us Salam.

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Masjid Mubarak Begum: The story behind ‘Rundi ki masjid’, built by an ambitious Mughal concubine

July 22, 2020 8:23:37 am

Though there are quite a few mosques and other architectural gems built by Mughal women dotting the landscape of Shahjahanabad, the Masjid Mubarak Begum is the only one that boasts to have been created by the Indian ‘begum’ of a British Resident.

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Before Comet Neowise, when these celestial visitations were seen as harbingers of doom

July 23, 2020 9:10:50 am

The Greek philosopher Aristotle believed that comets could be used to forecast draught, earthquakes, and prodigious rains.

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Seven years of #BlackLivesMatter: Culmination of over a century of protests

July 15, 2020 7:45:56 pm

The Black Lives Matter movement, which completes seven years this July, needs to be understood as the continuation of a long journey of fervent struggles that the Black community has undertaken in the USA.

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The unseen Muslim women of Hindi cinema

July 18, 2020 4:01:15 pm

We have witnessed Muslim women across strata making their voices heard, asserting their presence in public, and defining their own political identity in the last few months. Hindi films though have largely chosen to be patronising and alienating in their depictions.

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A giant cross in Baltistan sheds new light on Pakistan’s Christian past

July 9, 2020 9:22:53 am

Researchers say the discovery of the cross established important information on the presence of Christianity in northern Pakistan, before the advent of the colonial forces.

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How Bombay plague resulted in the Epidemic Act and triggered a sense of nationalist resistance

June 30, 2020 9:16:15 am

The most far-reaching impact of the plague was upon the political atmosphere of the country. It had also become a pretext for an assault on the rising political consciousness among Indians in the early 20th century.

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70 years of the Korean War: India’s lesser-known role in halting it

July 1, 2020 7:50:43 pm

India played a unique role throughout the Korean War, having no specific geo-political interests in the Korean Peninsula and maintaining a neutral position before and during the war years, yet believing in the reunification of the peninsula.

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Daulat Beg Oldie: A strategic post named after the spot where a sultan died

June 26, 2020 8:42:48 am

Daulat Beg Oldie is a name hard to forget. A quick examination of the etymology reveals the rather exotic origins of the name, translated from Turkic as ‘the spot where the rich man died’.

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70 years of the Korean War: Why Ethiopia jumped into a distant war and remained unvanquished

June 26, 2020 9:18:10 pm

It was the first time that Ethiopia had been involved in a war outside the African continent. A closer look at Ethiopia's history during and after the Second World War shows why the country became involved in an unrelated war so far away.

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When fear leads to faith: The disease Gods of India

June 22, 2020 4:45:12 pm

Resorting to faith in times of distress has been an inherent human reaction since the beginning of civilisation. In India worship of Goddess Hariti, Sitala, Ola Bibi has been prevalent to ward off diseases.

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How Seleucus Nicator gave away most of Pakistan and Afghanistan for 500 elephants

June 22, 2020 3:08:10 pm

Seleucus had first set foot in India in 326 BC as a newly-appointed captain of an infantry guard in the army of Alexander who was fighting against King Porus. However, nearly two decades later he was again standing on the shores of River Indus as a king looking to protect his borders and expand his empire.

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Robert Clive: An ‘unstable sociopath and a racist’, hated both in India and England

June 13, 2020 9:05:26 am

Author William Dalrymple explains no one in the 18th century would have dreamt of putting up a statue for Robert Clive; the idea came up only in the early 1900s

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How oppressive containment measures during Poona plague led to assassination of British officer

June 9, 2020 11:17:29 pm

Indian Civil Service officer Charles Walter Rand felt the need for strong measures to "stamp out plague from Poona" and deployed the military to search infected persons. Soon, reports and rumours of harassment of locals - especially of Indian women - at the hands of British soldiers started emerging from the city.

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From Meluha to Hindustan, the many names of India and Bharat

June 7, 2020 11:28:45 am

Several nomenclatures have been applied across different points in time, and from multiple socio-political points of view, to describe the geographical entity or parts of it that we now know as India.

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In Vietnam’s Shiva Linga discovery, more validation of a ‘Farther India’ past

June 4, 2020 8:10:13 am

The My Son temple complex where the Shiv lingam has been discovered, is one among the many archaeological remnants in Southeast Asia that are testimony to the strong cultural, linguistic, and religious links that have existed with India since the beginning of the Christian era.

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‘Madrasas have to strike a balance between sacred and secular… latter cannot be an afterthought in education’

June 1, 2020 12:53:20 pm

In an interview with Adrija Roychowdhury, authors Ziya Us Salam and Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz elaborate how madrasas have forgotten their golden past and reduced themselves to producing first generation learners

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As the locusts fly in, memories, and fears, of a recurring ‘plague’

June 27, 2020 5:53:58 pm

For those of an older generation, sights of locusts brought back memories of a time when they were a frequent feature in India, feared immensely in villages as the harbinger of destruction, and newspapers carried vivid accounts of their plague-like presence.

Chinhat, Aarah and Bareilly: The lesser-known battles of 1857

May 25, 2020 1:43:15 pm

Even though Delhi, Lucknow, Kanpur were the epicentres of the uprising, several other areas in Oudh, Rohilkhand and Bihar also witnessed crucial events and produced several local leaders. The events in these regions had political consequences and determined the way ahead for both sides.

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Mapping the history of Kalapani dispute between India and Nepal

June 13, 2020 8:24:21 pm

The issue in itself goes back to the early 19th century, when the British ruled India and Nepal was a conglomeration of small kingdoms under the reign of King Prithvi Narayan Shah.

How smallpox cleared the way for European occupation of the Americas

May 20, 2020 9:35:01 am

Smallpox, measles, malaria, yellow fever, typhoid, typhus, and the venereal diseases were among those that were introduced by the European settlers. For native Americans, these were new and terrifying experiences.

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Suits of Sickness: How pandemics afflicted fashion over the centuries

May 18, 2020 8:04:06 am

As the world struggles to cope with Covid-19, masks have been added to most wardrobes. For centuries now, people have tweaked wardrobes to cope with illness and infections, from headdress to hems to shoes.

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Sambhaji Maharaj: Chhatrapati Shivaji’s son whose valour spurred the Marathas

May 14, 2020 3:46:06 pm

Sambhaji Maharaj Jayanti 2020: In his short rule spanning nine years, Sambhaji gained recognition for his valour and patriotism. He continues to be celebrated, particularly in Maharashtra, as the ruler who chose death over conversion.