History

‘The Great Akbar’ of Independence struggle

Azad’s greatest gift was to postulate an equation between Islam and Indian nationalism on the one hand, and between Islam and the universal principles, on the other.


UNESCO could declare Darjeeling toy train services ‘endangered’, fears MoS

‘Funds amounting to Rs. 87 crore were sanctioned a year ago but no work has been done as yet’


The culture and crisis of kushti

Changes in society and culture, the decline of small-holder farming, a recurring water-crisis and State neglect have combined to undermine what is perhaps the most deep-rooted sport in the rural economy.


Human settlement in Sunderbans dates back to early historic period

It reinforces the argument that human habitation in the Sunderbans belongs to the early historic period.


Worlds apart in a divided city

Muslims, who used to live across Ahmedabad, are now increasingly flocking to ghettos, mostly along the city’s fringes.


Democracy betrayed in the Arab world?

Nearly three years into the Arab Spring, revolts seem to have yielded few tangible results to the peoples of the region.


The ASI is singing in the wind

With its gold quest at Unnao, the premier archaeological agency has risked its credibility and raised serious professional and procedural questions on excavations.


Fossil may rewrite human evolutionary history

Skull 5 individual provided the first evidence that early Homo comprised adult individuals with small brains but body mass, stature and limb proportions reaching the lower range limit of modern variation.


Lifting of proscription was unconditional

In a written statement to the Bombay Legislative Assembly on September 14, 1949 (Proceedings p2126) the Home Minister Morarji Desai admitted that the ban on RSS was no longer considered necessary; it was lifted unconditionally.


Lessons from Indonesia’s Hindu legacy

The country’s official recognition and generally peaceful acceptance of Hinduism contrasts with India’s own problematic record of religious tolerance.


To secure wakf wealth

With the Wakf (Amendment) Act, 2013 now in place, the prospect of some order evolving in the management of the more than four lakh registered wakf property parcels has emerged.


What the great-grandson didn’t learn

Should Rahul Gandhi read the correspondence between Nehru and Patel, he would know that differences can be expressed with greater finesse than what he has shown us.


Incarceration as achievement

Instead of fretting over time spent in jail, Gandhiji expected everyone in the civil resistance movement including himself to see imprisonment as a way to inspire India’s millions to win Swaraj.


Seeing Madras in Hyderabad

The bitterness that existed in the 1950s between Tamil and Telugu speakers on Chennai parallels the fight for the Andhra Pradesh capital in the Telangana agitation.


Little reason to restrict the freedom of speech

Governments have ritually abused the latitude granted by the Indian Penal Code and the Constitution to harass, intimidate and arrest scores of writers, journalists and artists.


Heritage at stake

After inspecting about 1655 protected sites, the CAG reported that 92 are missing. However, the ministry has contested this, stating that only 21 are untraceable.


A language that built a nation

Given Indonesia's complex plurality, it did well to chose Bahasa Indonesia, a simple and flexible tongue, as the official language even though it was not spoken by the majority of its citizens


Memories that don’t fade to black

The controversy over observing the anniversary of the mass killing of Kukis by Naga militants in Manipur reflects the complexity of identity politics in the State.


Financial aid to boost North-East tourism sector

In a bid to give a fillip to tourism in the North-East, the government on Saturday announced Central Finance Assistance (CFA) of over Rs.1,230 lakh for various development projects in Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Nagaland.


We are talking more using fewer words

Language diversity survives only in States with more inclusive prosperity. Encouraging inclusive development is one way of averting the extinction of linguistic, cultural and biological diversity, nurtured over centuries by speech communities.