Opinion  /  Published 26.10.19

The half-truths about Tipu

Last week, a BJP lawmaker in Karnataka urged the Yeddyurappa government to expunge from school texts all references to Tipu Sultan, the 18th century ruler. A little more than a week ago, Union home mi...
By Upala Sen in

Opinion  /  Published 23.10.19

Reimagining myths to unleash empathy

Having had his heart pierced by the goddess, where do you, dear reader, think that the spirit of Mahishasura journeys in search of refuge? It could well be Mysore.Interestingly, diverse strands of Dal...
By Uddalak Mukherjee in

Opinion  /  Published 22.10.19

The BJP has a rather strange notion of facts

A lot of history is about fights — in the subject-matter as also over the perception of it. One of the joys of history is that it can be rewritten when new evidence comes to hand or new connections ...
By The Editorial Board in

Opinion  /  Published 19.10.19

Let us go then you and I etherised

History has a dustbin, we have been reliably told, although what is reliable and what is not is difficult to tell in these times. But in these times we have no choice either. We are told what we are t...
By Sankarshan Thakur in

India  /  Published 17.10.19

Need to rewrite India's history: Shah

Stressing on the need to rewrite history from India's point of view, Union home minister Amit Shah on Thursday said had it not been for Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, the First War of Independence in 1857 ...
By PTI in Varanasi

Opinion  /  Published 16.10.19

Cuba: A long war and a short film

On February 7, 1962, the United States of America imposed a trade and economic embargo on Cuba, which continues to this day. Deeply offended at the existence of the ‘communist menace’ just 90 mile...
By Vidyarthy Chatterjee in

Opinion  /  Published 16.10.19

Gandhi, the resurrected saint

The 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi is being commemorated all over India in programmes big and small. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accorded exceptional importance to the event and is spa...
By Swapan Dasgupta in

Opinion  /  Published 15.10.19

The curious case of the Hyderabad funds

The British High Court judgment on the Hyderabad funds case on October 2 may well mark the closure of a seven-decade-long litigation, although Pakistan can still appeal to the Supreme Court. The proxi...
By T.C.A. Raghavan in

Opinion  /  Published 11.10.19

Gandhi versus Lenin

I have been reading the diaries of the diplomat, Ivan Maisky, who served as Soviet Russia’s ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1932 to 1943. A scholar of history and philology, a fluent speaker o...
By Ramachandra Guha in

Opinion  /  Published 10.10.19

Wonder women in the world of men

The scintillating fictional world created by J.K. Rowling in the acclaimed Harry Potter series came to light in 1997. After being rejected 12 times, a publishing house agreed to accept Rowling’s man...
By Prakhar Singh in


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