Indian History

Padmavati and Kannagi: How India Perceives History and Myth

The release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s <i>Padmavati</i> has been pushed indefinitely, maybe to 2018. The Hindu alt-right is baying for the heads of Bhansali …

India

The unknown Indian woman doctor on Google Doodle

<b>Google surprised Indians on Wednesday, when it published a Google Doodle of Rakhmabai Raut, one of British India's earliest practising women doctors, to commemorate the 153rd anniversary of her birth.</b><p>This had many in India asking who was Rakhmabai Raut? Before the doodle appeared on screens across …

India

The Inspiring Tale Of Rukhmabai, The Badass Who Won Indian Girls The Right To Consent Back In 1891

If you've checked out the Google Doodle today, you must have seen that they have honoured an Indian lady today. The lady, Rukhmabai Raut is one of …

India

Google Doodle honours Dr Rukhmabai: Things you should know about India's first woman physician

Google India on Wednesday paid its homage to India's first woman physician, Dr Rukhmabai.<p>Rukhmabai was the first Indian woman to practice medicine in …

India

Remembering John F Kennedy’s Legacy on His 54th Death Anniversary

National park rangers will lay a wreath outside Kennedy's childhood home in Brookline, Massachusetts, and a 21-gun salute by an honour guard will …

Keynesian Economics

How UK lost International Court of Justice place to India

<b>The International Court of Justice is the principal legal body of the United Nations. It is based in The Hague and its job is to settle disputes between states.</b><p>Lots of its work is highly technical and not exactly the stuff of the front pages. And let's be honest, many people would probably not have …

International Court of Justice

In Afghanistan, the U.S. and Pakistan Fight a Conflict of Interests

The ravages of a seemingly endless war have kept the United States mired in South Asia for over 16 years. In August, U.S. President Donald Trump …

Pakistan

10 World War II Battles Not Involving U.S.

How long did World War II last? For the United States, it started in 1941 when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. For Germany, the United Kingdom, and …

Military History

Did Squanto meet Pocahontas, and What Might they have Discussed?

<i>Dr E. M. Rose is Visiting Fellow, Department of History, Harvard University, and can be reached at emrose@fas.harvard.edu. These observations emerged</i> …

American History

Tattershall Castle, Lincolnshire – A Family Favourite

Tattershall castle has been a place for making family memories for many years since the kids were tiny and we always had a tradition of having a …

Ireland

India's Bollywood epic 'Padmavati' delayed amid murder threats

Producers of "Padmavati" delayed the film's release after a ruling party official offered a large bounty to anyone who "beheaded" its lead star and …

India

10 Indian Thinkers and Why You Should Know Them.

<i>The flag of Jainism, each stripe represents a divinity as well as an ethical command. Source</i><p>The first teacher of Jainism to be generally recognized …

Spirituality

Kerala Houseboat Cruise in Alleppey - Spice Routes Luxury Cruises | Voyager

Pepper, Clove, Cinnamon, Saffron, Tamarind, Cardamom, Fennel.<p>These are the names of the exotic spices whose intoxicating fragrance has drawn the …

Herbs

Navy's Remotely Piloted Aircraft Crashes While Take-Off In Kerala

Navy's remotely Piloted Aircraft searcher on a routine surveillance mission crashed on Tuesday in Kerala while taking off North of Naval airfield at …

Andaman and Nicobar

Episode 11 of the Constitutional podcast: ‘War’

If we were to ask Americans today to name the most hotly debated amendment to the U.S. Constitution, many would say the Second Amendment: the right to bear arms. On the other end of the spectrum, the least debated would probably be the one that comes right after it: the Third Amendment.<p>But these …

News (U.S.)

CWC meeting: Congress could elevate Rahul Gandhi as party president as soon as Dec 5

The Congress’ highest decision-making body approved a roadmap on Monday to elevate Rahul Gandhi, who could become the party president as early as …

India

Battered Bangladesh risks everything on unsafe factories

As Bangladesh faces down the barrel of two humanitarian disasters beyond its control, its government and garment industry risks manufacturing a third.<p>…

Rakhine State

Meera Sodha’s vegan recipe for parsnip and carrot mulligatawny soup

Here’s my take on the classic soup of the British raj<p>The first time I ate mulligatawny, I was being watched by a man called Rudolph who was wearing stockings. In fairness to him, he was meant to be waiting the whole dining room at the hotel Windamere in Darjeeling, but I happened to be the only …

Recipes

Delhi’s deadly smog: Is it time to move India’s national capital elsewhere?

Delhi has a pollution emergency on its hands.<p>For the past week, the capital’s been choked by smog—the result of the burning of crop stubble in the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana, as well as vehicular emissions and industrial pollution. Its air is more toxic than that in most other parts …

India

Born in Boston, buried in a ‘foreign devil’ graveyard in China

<i>GUANGZHOU, China</i><p>It’s 1846, and Alexander Hill Everett is having a hard go of it. In his time, the Boston diplomat and man of letters has worked for …

John Quincy Adams

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Nov. 19, the 323rd day of 2017. There are 42 days left in the year.<p>►Birthdays: Talk show host Larry King is 84. Former General …

Boston

Things You Wanted to Know About Marwaris and Didn’t Know Who to Ask

Sujit Saraf’s <i>Harilal & Sons</i> sticks to a personalised account of the protagonists’ life, but from it, we discern the larger Marwari experience.<p>It is …

India

Indira Gandhi - India's democrat with an authoritarian bent

November 19, 2017, marks the 100th birth anniversary of ex-Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, whose consequential tenure at the helm means her …

India

The many Padmavatis

As the release of the Bollywood film <i>Padmavati</i> draws near, protests against it are reaching a fever pitch. Claiming to speak on behalf of all Rajputs, …

India

Using Fictional Techniques to Write History

<i>The Last Mughal: the Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi,</i> 1857 by William Dalrymple is the most engrossing book that I've read recently. A sprawling book, 486 …

History

Exhibition of rare coins, paper currency, stamps and paintings

For anyone interested in history, the natural starting point of the learning curve would be books. But for some people, that process alone doesn’t do …

India

So, Did Rani Padmavati Really Exist?

A flurry of protests have broken out across the country, mostly by religious right-wing groups, about the screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s …

India

Communism’s Long Shadow Over India

The Bolshevik revolution helped disfigure the country’s economic imagination.<p>By<p>Sadanand Dhume<p>As the world marks the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, our attention has naturally turned to how communism ravaged the former Soviet Union and its Eastern European vassals. But the ideology …

India

Russia 2017: The Centenary of a Global Revolution

“V.I. Lenin making a speech at a meeting dedicated to the laying of the foundation stone for a monument to K. Liebknecht and R. Luxemburg, in …

Kim Il-sung

My Toy Train Ride on Kalka Shimla Railway: An Unforgettable Journey

I missed my very first Toy Train ride from Kathleeghat station by a whisker. The chugging toy train slowly curved its way, leaving me awestruck. I …

Trains