History

The curious story of a forgotten war

As the terms of interventionism are rewritten, a look at America’s war in Laos


We need to be hit on the head again

Unlike the risks taken in the 1950s and ’60s to create a unique cultural melange, we are enslaved by consumerism today


Should triple talaq be outlawed?

It is the constitutional obligation of the government to enable Muslim women to obtain a level playing field


Walk like a Mughal in the Qila that was

Envisaged as a piece of paradise, the Qila-e-Mubarak has borne the brunt of history


‘A thousand thousand reasons to live this life’

Marilynne Robinson’s trilogy, like Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird , asks questions about race, religion, freedom, exile


Monumental mistakes

A monument is all but stifled when it’s surrounded by unchecked construction


Looking back to look forward

Gandhi’s assassination showed that despite all the talk about non-violent struggle, violence was in our blood


British era documents found in Kerala

Research team stumbles upon rare documents at Kidangazhi Mana


Gandhi for our troubled times

The Mahatma’s approach to politics in terms of ‘resistance’ and ‘protest’ beyond a conception of domination over others provides a potential antidote to the contemporary crisis of democracy


Shivaram Karanth’s home is now a museum

Back to its glory:The house of the Jnanpith award winner was restored at a cost of Rs. 28 lakh.


CIA assessed impact of Rajiv’s killing as early as 1986: Report

Five years before Rajiv Gandhi was killed in 1991, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency had prepared a very detailed and thorough “brief” on what would happen if he is assassinated or makes an “abrupt departure” from the Indian political scene.


SC cites Chola king in order

How Manu Needhi Chozhan inspired generations of judges was revealed in a Supreme Court order


What’s in a name? The future of an ecosystem, apparently

When the forest officers attached to the British Raj surveyed the vast expanse of grasslands and woodlands in the country, they decided to term them ‘forests’. For many modern-day scientists, however,


Art outside comfort zones

To stir and shake the classical environment, the Urur Olcott Kuppam Vizha this year brings the non-classical and marginalised art traditions into classically tagged spaces


In fruitless pursuit of permanence

The Tamil Nadu government may have had few political options but to go in for an ordinance to facilitate the conduct of jallikattu


From Jellicut to jallikattu

While breed development has been undertaken in the past in India, little has been done to record and scientifically manage the herd


The victor and the vanquished

The Tamil Nadu Governor has cleared an ordinance to allow the alpha-male sport jallikattu.


The limits to popular sentiment

Few other feudal traditions have survived in modern, progressive India in the name of masculine valour and cultural pride.


The prince of populism

MGR and M. Karunanidhi’s friendship, and later feuding, would lead to history in both films and politics. On MGR’s 100th birth anniversary, a recap of how he laid the foundation for welfare politics


Jallikattu ban to stay as Supreme Court refuses to be hurried into judgment

The Supreme Court refused to be hurried into pronouncing its verdict on a government notification allowing the bull taming sport, jallikattu, before Pongal on Saturday.