Cover Story

Bhadralok Sena: How Bengali Elites Shaped Hindutva in 19th century
Cover Story

Bhadralok Sena: How Bengali Elites Shaped Hindutva in 19th century

by Snigdhendu Bhattacharya

The Hindutva-oriented political upsurge in present-day West Bengal has its roots in an unlikely past: the British-educated, English-speaking elite of 19th-century Bengal. Then, sweeping social reform sparked a counter-push for a patriotism rooted in conservative Hindu culture. #MakingofModernIndia

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J B Kripalani: The Rebel who took on Nehru

There were many who went head-to-head with Jawaharlal Nehru, a favourite of Gandhi and independent India’s first prime minister, over policy and political approach. The more obvious names are those like present-day Hindutva icon Syama Prasad Mookerjee. There were others, such as Nehru’s fiercely independent-minded colleagues B R Ambedkar and Vallabhbhai Patel. But history sometimes…

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India, Pakistan and the Road Not Taken

The road to rapprochement with Pakistan is littered with ‘if-onlys’ and missed opportunities. Take a look at the twists and turns in the search for peace between the neighbours, as New Delhi-based foreign policy and security analyst, and senior journalist Dr Manoj Joshi puts the troubled relationship under the lens. When I began to think…

Milestones

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A Nobel for Raman

He was a government servant by day and a physicist by night. Yet when he won the Nobel Prize in 1930, C V Raman was utterly dismayed. Catch the story of the extraordinary scientist who discovered the ‘Raman Effect’ and his struggle to raise home-grown talent.

Perspectives

Wooing Arunachal: Blueprint For A Geopolitical Hotspot
Perspectives

Wooing Arunachal: Blueprint For A Geopolitical Hotspot

by Verrier Elwin

How did Verrier Elwin, a foreign missionary-turned-Gandhian, end up framing a newly Independent India’s battle for hearts and minds in the North-East? A book written by Elwin in 1957 captures the early days of a unique effort. #ArunachalPradeshDay

Perspectives

Ékushé: How Language Trumped Politics to Birth a Nation

Blame Bengali as a cause for the war in 1971, and you wouldn’t be off the mark. Ékushé, Twenty-first, is the day Bangladesh celebrates as one of its spiritual birth, when the country that wanted to speak Bengali as much as be Bengali, was born in the minds and hearts of its people. On the…

Perspectives

Interpretations of Early Indian History

Any interpretation of history invariably passes through the lens of perception, so it is critical to identify and set aside the bias inherent in any narrative about the subcontinent if we are to understand its present as objectively as possible. It is this spirit of inquiry that historian Romila Thapar urges us to adopt, through…

Interviews

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Understanding Gandhi with Ramachandra Guha

Few people have shaped our ideas and thoughts as a nation as Mahatma Gandhi who is also a symbol of non-violent resistance the world over. What made him so influential and into such an icon? Author and Historian Ramachandra Guha helps us understand the man and his legacy...

Snapshort Histories

Feb 1948: The British March Out of India
Snapshort Histories

Feb 1948: The British March Out of India

by Aditi Shah

Six months after India seized her own destiny following a hard-fought war of independence, the British finally and quite literally marched out of India. Revisit this historic event, which played out in Bombay in 1948. #MakingofModernIndia

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