India’s border areas with China in Ladakh were once an ignored arid zone, so inhospitable that no one cared to govern them. But beyond them lay ancient lands which even found mention in the Vedas and Puranas. We uncover the history of the Indo-China border dispute, which serves as a background to the recent events.
Experts are still piecing together details of the Kushana dynasty, whose evolution from a nomadic tribe into master administrators, and a cultural and economic superpower is a riveting story. In an interview to Akshay Chavan, US-based historian and Kushana expert Prof Xinru Liu shares some exciting details
Recognised globally as a symbol of Hyderabad, the Charminar is a masterpiece of the Qutub Shahi dynasty – and the first building in Hyderabad. Find out how the Nizams later used this 16th-century monument to rebrand their princely state, and catch up on the gup that surrounds this architectural icon