Adrija Roychowdhury



Adrija is senior sub-editor, Indian Express. She mainly writes on History and world politics. Follow her on Twitter @AdrijaRoychow

No bull, this could be why Tamil Nadu is obsessed with Jallikattu
Thu, Jan 19, 2017

The earliest evidence of Jallikattu or bull taming can be found in ancient Indian cave paintings and seal iconography.

London’s Victorian era pottery find unearths tale of how Indian food became popular in Britain
Wed, Jan 18, 2017

Food from India did not just form a major part of import, but had over time become an essential part of British diet.

MGR: The man who made cult worship the theme of Tamil Nadu politics
Tue, Jan 17, 2017

MGR used his popularity both as an actor and as a public figure to make the AIADMK a successful political party that would go on to achieve sweeping victories over many elections.

One quote that sums up journalist Clare Hollingworth: ‘I must admit I enjoy being in a war’
Wed, Jan 11, 2017

Hollingworth passed away on January 10 having lived a daring, adventurous life of 105 years.

Manipur polls: Congress may just find it tough this time
Thu, Jan 05, 2017

With a population of 0.26 crore and 60 Assembly seats, the state has seen the Congress government in power for the last 15 years with Okram Ibobi Singh in chief ministerial role since 2002.

Rohingya Muslim crisis in Myanmar: The warning signs of a possible ‘genocide’
Sun, Jan 15, 2017

According to majority of the Burmese Buddhists, ‘Rohingyas’ is a fabricated religious identity.

2016: Year in which history was caught in crossfire of narratives
Thu, Jan 05, 2017

In a year that saw several battles between the Left and the Right, history kept getting caught in the middle.

Samajwadi Party then and now: Fight between the past and the present
Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Akhilesh Yadav was convinced of the necessity for the party to break away from the caste based, dynastic electoral strategy and move ahead with changing times.

We should feel sad for History, the worst victim of 2016
Mon, Dec 26, 2016

In 2016, history in India was the victim of ‘nationalism’, the word that in present times is often confused with ‘patriotism’ and ‘Hinduism’.

When Mughal rulers borrowed from Christianity to produce exquisite art works
Fri, Dec 23, 2016

There were several images of Mughal rulers with Biblical characters in the murals above, therefore serving the purpose of religious justification for Mughal rule.

Birth of Bangladesh: When raped women and war babies paid the price of a new nation
Mon, Dec 19, 2016

An official estimate of 200,000 to 400,000 women were raped by the Pakistani military and the supporting Bihari and Bengali Razakar and al-Badr militias.

How the world map kept changing over centuries
Wed, Dec 14, 2016

Each map tells us the story of the world as seen through the eyes of the one creating it

Raees: Will Shah Rukh Khan play Abdul Latif — bootlegger, Robinhood, terrorist?
Tue, Dec 13, 2016

Even as Raees makers deny any resemblance, there are indications that Shah Rukh Khan's character in the film takes inspiration from gangster Abdul Latif who was reportedly involved in Mumbai bomb blasts.

Why we must leave the Kohinoor in Britain
Tue, Dec 13, 2016

The political discourse surrounding the Kohinoor regarding whether or not it should be returned to India exposes the very weakness of History education in our country.

Six major challenges facing Indian museums, says museologist Vinod Daniel
Thu, Dec 08, 2016

Daniel speaks about the urgent need for museums in India to address challenges of audience and community involvement, a need for a strong leadership and staffing.

Demonetisation has some forgotten victims: Transgender community
Wed, Nov 30, 2016

The lack of recognition in society and the social stigma attached to them is perhaps the biggest problem faced by the transgenders in this charged environment of note politics in the country.

Case for junking high denomination notes
Wed, Nov 30, 2016

The ECB decision drew from a detailed study at Harvard University that strongly advocated the withdrawal of high denomination notes in order to put a check on criminal activities around the world.

Paper Clip: Social dimensions of electronic transactions
Fri, Nov 25, 2016

A set of 85 surveys carried out by sociologist Nima Lamu Yolmo in 2014 recorded the change in social behaviour that accompanied the introduction of new forms of monetary transactions in New Delhi.

The Nigerian experiment with cashlessness
Fri, Nov 18, 2016

A beginning was made as a one-year pilot project in Lagos state, and the footprint of the policy was gradually expanded until its nationwide execution on July 31, 2014.

Cash Rush: Note slash and black economy
Thu, Nov 17, 2016

While demonetisation might have an impact upon the ‘stock’, it will not have much effect on the ‘flow’ of black money.

An overview of the evolution of paper currency in India
Wed, Nov 16, 2016

Governments have, for centuries spent a large amount of time and resources in the production of currency in a way that can best serve as the representation of regional and later national pride and interests.

Walking around Delhi sites that tell the story of 1857
Tue, Nov 15, 2016

In case of Delhi in 1857, it is actually the sites commemorating the story of the British that is preserved and was traced in the walk.

CPEC: The bumpy new trade route between China and Pakistan
Wed, Nov 16, 2016

India is not exactly welcoming towards the Chinese funded project, mainly because of the fact that it crosses through the Pakistan occupied part of Kashmir.

In the speeches of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, a bid to set differences aside and work for ‘unified America’
Thu, Nov 10, 2016

After winning the elections, however, Trump’s take on the American dream was far from the bitter divisiveness with which he had carried his campaign so proudly.

US presidential elections 2016: What if Donald Trump does not accept the outcome?
Wed, Nov 09, 2016

The winning candidate will go on to become the president regardless of whether or not Trump accepts the outcome but there can be other serious damage made in such a case.

US Presidential elections 2016: Why America always votes in November
Sun, Nov 06, 2016

The Congress in 1845 had finely plotted out the election day as being most convenient for America’s voting population- white, adult males.

US presidential elections 2016: Which are the swing states and why is Ohio crucial in deciding who wins?
Mon, Nov 07, 2016

Swing states do not have any one personal favourite party and have the potential to alter the course of the elections in favour or against either of the parties.

Kerala is 60 years old: Here is how the state was formed
Tue, Nov 01, 2016

Organised on linguistic principles, the modern borders of Kerala came into existence in 1956 when Travancore-Cochin state was merged with Malabar district of Madras and Kasaragod taluk of South Canara district.

Here is why the state of voting in the US is a complete mess
Sun, Oct 23, 2016

Voting equipment used in the US include optical scan paper ballot systems, direct recording electronic systems, ballot marking devices and systems and punch card voting systems.

In Lakshmi Puja, a ghastly memory of Partition and struggle to be recognised
Sat, Oct 15, 2016

Lakshmi puja offered a perfect means for display of the cultural identity of the Bangaal in front of the Ghoti.

Greeks might have built the Terracotta army in China, says new research
Fri, Oct 14, 2016

The new discovery could revise much about the way we understand world history in terms of the contact between nations of the East and West.

Marshall Islands’ vs India: Why a tiny island took nuclear nations to court
Wed, Oct 05, 2016

The concern of the Republic of Marshall Islands towards relentless nuclear activities in the world comes in the wake of the horrifying first-hand experience the country has had in the middle of the twentieth century.

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Mirzya: How history made Sahiban a betrayer
Thu, Oct 06, 2016

Rakesh Omprakash Mehra’s Mirzya: Excited for Harshvardhan Kapoor, Saiyami Kher-starrer film? Read Mirza-Sahiban's original story first.

In rural Rajasthan, women’s empowerment is also male dominated
Mon, Oct 03, 2016

The same father who would have dictated the marriage of his daughter at the age of 14 a decade ago, is now dictating the marriage of his daughter at 18.

Lal Bahadur Shastri: Ten lesser known facts about the second prime minister of India
Sun, Oct 02, 2016

Reputed for his soft spoken nature and clean image, Shastri is said to have practiced severe austerity measures at home before applying them for the country's benefit.

How Gandhi became Mahatma among the ‘sadharan janta’
Sun, Oct 02, 2016

Who was Gandhi to the peasants of rural India, far removed from the dynamics of political activities in the urban nerve centres of the country?