Adrija Roychowdhury



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

Shashi Tharoor is right, Ramayana and Mahabharatha must be celebrated for their literary brilliance
Tue, Feb 21, 2017

To read the two epics as a work of religion is unwarranted and nothing but politically motivated.

How Shivaji became the voice of multiple social causes
Sun, Feb 19, 2017

To the average Indian, Shivaji has over the years come to represent everything that is glorious and fearless about his past.

Tamil Nadu crisis: Why the S R Bommai case might be invoked to resolve the problem
Mon, Feb 13, 2017

The judgment stated that the only way to determine support enjoyed by a particular state government would be by means of a floor test.

Sankalp Reddy’s ‘The Ghazi Attack’: Things to know about the India-Pak underwater war
Thu, Feb 09, 2017

The sinking of the Ghazi in mysterious circumstances has been a contentious issue between India and Pakistan ever since.

Dalhousie Road renamed after Dara Shikoh: Why Hindutva right wingers favour a Mughal prince
Tue, Feb 07, 2017

Dara Shikoh was the brother of Aurangazeb and was killed by the latter.

Riot-hit Muslims, disappointed Jats, distressed farmers; a divided Muzaffarnagar all set for UP polls
Tue, Feb 07, 2017

Soon after the riots, the Samajwadi Party’s government was under severe attack for not only poor management of the situation but also for having instigated the violence.

Padmavati and other historical characters who were perhaps never real
Tue, Jan 31, 2017

Personalities like Anarkarli and Jodha Bai are also similar cases of fictional accounts becoming part of popular historical understanding.

When newspapers across the world mourned the loss of Mahatma Gandhi
Mon, Jan 30, 2017

A day after his assassination, Mahatma Gandhi featured across the front page of practically every major newspaper of the world as the symbol of loss that India would find hard to recover from.

CIA files: US feared danger posed by Subhas Chandra Bose and his legacy
Mon, Jan 23, 2017

The legacy left behind by Bose in independent India was a source of constant worry to an American government stuck in cold war with communist USSR .

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
Wed, Jan 25, 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.