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Indian culture and history

24 JULY 2019

Was ‘Gumnami Baba’ actually Subhash Chandra Bose?

The Justice Vishnu Sahai Commission’s report on the mysterious ‘Gumnami Baba’, which was tabled in the UP cabinet on Tuesday, says it’s difficult to determine whether he was indeed Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, as popularly believed

31 MAY 2019

How Britain tried to ‘erase’ India’s third gender


14 MAY 2019

Painter, provocateur and exile who was M.F. Hussain ?

We know him as a painter and as a provocateur; we know of his love for the female form and for horses; his fondness for Madhuri; his likeness to Picasso and, not to forget, his penchant for walking barefoot

27 APRIL 2019

The Free India Legion, Hitler’s Indian soldiers

Churchill’s policies contributed to 1943 Bengal famine – study

The Bengal famine of 1943 was the only one in modern Indian history not to occur as a result of serious drought, according to a study that provides scientific backing for arguments that Churchill-era British policies were a significant factor contributing to the catastrophe

9 JANUARY 2019

Harappa grave of ancient ‘couple’ reveals secrets

About 4,500 years ago, a man and a woman were buried in a grave together in a sprawling cemetery on the outskirts of a thriving settlement of one of the world’s earliest urban civilisations

30 DECEMBER 2018

How ancient DNA may rewrite prehistory in India

New research using ancient DNA is rewriting prehistory in India – and shows that its civilisation is the result of multiple ancient migrations, writes Tony Joseph

21 NOVEMBER 2018

Anti-Sikh riots: What happened in 1984 and after?

After the assassination of Indira on October 31, 1984, anti-Sikh riots erupted in some areas for several days, killing more than 3,000 Sikhs in New Delhi and an estimated 8,000 across India

11 NOVEMBER 2018

Britain Finally recognizes India’s WWI Contribution

Until four years ago, virtually nothing had been done in either Britain or India to recognize the sacrifice of more than 74,000 Indian troops who died fighting in World War One. Also ignored was the vital role played in almost all the theaters of the conflict – Europe, the Middle East and East Africa by the 1.3 million-plus servicemen from what was then undivided India

28 OCTOBER 2018

Indians in the trenches: voices of forgotten army are finally to be heard

1.5 million fought with the British and 34,000 died. Now their sacrifice in the face of prejudice is being recognised

27 JULY 2018

The Maulvi who joined hands with Lenin

Maulvi Barkatullah Bhopali, who was born 159 years ago on the 7th of July earlier this month, was a glorious standard-bearer of the Indian independence movement. He toured Great Britain, Europe, Japan and America, in addition to the Soviet Union, in connection with the struggle against British imperialism

17 JUNE 2018

The search for India’s first Olympic medallist

Norman Gilbert Pritchard was the first Indian athlete to win an Olympic medal, but little is known about his life and his family. Delhi-based sports journalist Gulu Ezekiel writes about his search for Pritchard’s family that lasted for more than three decades

5 JUNE 2018

RSS fought harder than Congress for India’s freedom, claims Sangh author

In the backdrop of allegations that the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) had no presence in the freedom struggle movement, the organisation has claimed that their contribution was much bigger than Congress

21 MARCH 2018

Monica Mathen obituary

 My mother, Monica Mathen, who has died aged 93, was one of that dwindling group of Anglo-Indians who lived under the British Raj, saw the transition into an independent country and then ended up in the UK, where she lived for more than 50 years

9 MARCH 2018

The Forgotten History of Sikhs in Shanghai

For the Tsinghua University history professor, the outing carries a sense of déjà vu after years of research on his new book, “From Police to Revolutionaries: A Sikh Diaspora in Global Shanghai,” which highlights an important chapter in the city’s colonial past

24 FEBRUARY 2018

India freedom fighter  Subhas Chandra Bose’s daughter calls for DNA test of his remains

The daughter of one of India’s most iconic freedom fighters, Subhas Chandra Bose, has called for a DNA test of her father’s remains to put to rest the “fantastic claims” and conspiracies surrounding his mysterious death

24 DECEMBER 2017

70th anniversary of Malayan Emergency: a moment for reflection on involved Gurkha Rifles

After Indian independance, four regiments, the 2nd, 6th, 7th & 10th Gurkha Rifles, followed the British side and moved to the Malaya Federation, which was Malaysia and Singapore

17 NOVEMBER 2017

Indian WW1 soldiers laid to rest after French mystery

The discovery of human remains near a small town in northern France last year sparked a search that quickly spread half-way across the globe. The two men, it turned out, were Indian soldiers who died on French battlefields more than 100 ago during the World War One


Kolhapur: The Birthplace of Indian Cinema

 The Marathi film industry is arguably the oldest film industry in India. It pioneered film-making in India in 1912 with the release of Shree Pundalik, directed and produced by Ramchandra Gopal “Dadasaheb” Torne. But technically, this 22-minute long recording of a Marathi play is not considered a full length feature film. Since it involved a British cameraman and all the processing work was completed in London, it is not considered a full Indian-made venture



How Kipling helped quell an Indian mutiny in first world war trenches

He was one of Britain’s most celebrated writers of the 20th century, the Nobel prizewinning author of The Jungle Book. But Rudyard Kipling’s work for British intelligence during the first world war has been lost in the mists of time


Black dot on old Indian manuscript identified as first recorded use of zero symbol

A black dot on a third-century Indian manuscript has been identified by Oxford University as the first recorded use of the mathematical symbol for zero, 500 years earlier than previously thought

6 JULY 2017

Aryan Invasion May Have Transformed India’s Bronze-Age Population

An influx of men from the steppe of Central Asia may have swept into India around 3,500 years ago and transformed the population