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Books  /  Published 15.12.18

How Robert Clive raided India for the Company

In June 1744, the 19-year-old Clive arrived not in Calcutta but in the Company’s oldest settlement, Fort St. George in modern-day Chennai. Here he spent the next two years fidgeting as, seated at a ...
By Alex Rutherford in

West Bengal  /  Published 14.05.19

Symbol of ‘Bengali bhadralok’s idea of renaissance’

Nearly half a century back, when a statue of Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar was vandalised in Calcutta, Bengal was in another form of tumult. Back then, Naxalites had beheaded a bust of Vidyasagar at the de...
By Our Bureau in Calcutta

Opinion  /  Published 10.05.19

Mughals: The invaders who came home

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By Debobroto Das in

Opinion  /  Published 03.10.19

From no-violence to non-violence: understanding Gandhi

There is a close relationship between politics and violence. This closeness reached its zenith in the 20th century in the form of two World Wars. It is against this almost necessary relationship betwe...
By A. Raghuramaraju in

Books  /  Published 11.01.20

The battle of Plassey: Paving the way for the Empire

A battle begins differently for different people. “It was on a Thursday, the fifth of Shevval, in the year 1170,” the Siyar [the book Siyar-ul-Mutaqherin] heralds the battle with a flourish, “an...
By Sudeep Chakravarti in

Heritage  /  Published 02.02.19

Railway heritage by Hooghly

A white edifice overlooking the Hooghly in Garden Reach was built by the British in 1846, the architecture inspired by the Tower of the Winds in Athens.The building, the highlight of a heritage walk o...
By Debraj Mitra in Calcutta

Opinion  /  Published 26.02.19

The Rani you never see in 'Manikarnika'

Tapti Roy is a historian and the author of Raj of the Rani and Print and Publishing in Colonial Bengal: The Journey of Bidyasundar...
By Tapti Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 23.01.19

An Anglo-Indian town turns nostalgia into capital

They say that once the shadows begin to lengthen in McCluskieganj, as small woodfires are lit in front of the ganj’s brick kiln, the rising smoke clouding the view of Napta Pahar, a wind begins to b...
By Uddalak Mukherjee in

Opinion  /  Published 12.04.19

Jallianwala: Flawed argument for apology

Should the son bear the burden of the sins of the father? It is this dilemma — its implications are both philosophical and economic — that lies at the heart of the refusal of States, mostly Europe...
By The Editorial Board in


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