Adrija Roychowdhury


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

Behind Kathua case, larger issue of tribal rights in Jammu and Kashmir
Thu, Apr 26, 2018

Preceding the Kathua incident, the community has been the target of a large number of atrocities, including eviction drives, murder, and attacks led by cow vigilantes in the region.

Nanak Shah Fakir controversy: Why Sikhism prohibits pictorial depiction of the Gurus
Fri, Apr 20, 2018

Lately, the Sikh prohibition of the pictorial depiction of their Gurus has come into focus with the protest against the release of the film, “Nanak Shah Fakir”, the first-ever film on the life of Guru Nanak Dev ji.

The Long Walk: Did the Aryans migrate into India? New genetics study adds to debate
Mon, Apr 16, 2018

Co-authored by 92 leading scientists, it offers new insights into makeup of the Indian population. Will it settle or again trigger the contentious debate?

The Bakarwals: Behind Kathua rape and murder, a persecuted tribe that’s both Muslim and Hindu
Fri, Apr 13, 2018

While the incident and what followed, has revealed much about the communal divide that exists in the valley, it is interesting to reflect upon the religious identity of the Bakarwals, wherein we find an interesting blend of Hindu-Muslim theological systems.

Cauvery dispute: Two agreements under British rule and all that followed
Mon, Apr 09, 2018

At present, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are at loggerheads with each other over the sharing of Cauvery’s water, but the precise origin of the disagreement is the treaty of 1924 signed between an erstwhile British province and the princely state.

Bishnoi community vs Salman Khan: When protecting nature becomes a religion
Sun, Apr 08, 2018

For the Bishnoi, bringing justice to the chinkaras and blackbucks allegedly killed by Khan and his colleagues, was not just a matter of environmental responsibility, but also something that was part of their religious tradition.

Commonwealth Games: History and politics of imperial control
Wed, Apr 04, 2018

On Wednesday, as the 2018 Commonwealth Games is inaugurated at Gold Coast, Australia, we reflect upon the unique history and politics of this international sports event.

Fact Check: Did Rukmini come from Arunachal Pradesh? Here is what we know
Thu, Mar 29, 2018

Indeed, a mythological tale floats around the lands inhabited by the Idu Mishmi tribe that claims to be associated with the Krishna-Rukmini legend. To what extent it is rooted in Hindu mythological traditions is a far more complicated matter.

On Bangladesh independence day, rare photographs of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with Indian personalities
Mon, Mar 26, 2018

In the next three years when Sheikh Mujibur Rahman held the prime ministerial post in Bangladesh, he became a celebrated icon in India as well, admired for his moving speeches and charismatic personality.

Winston Churchill: How one war turned an unpopular racist into the man of 20th century
Thu, Mar 15, 2018

The one moment in history that redeemed Churchill of all his flaws was the Second World War. Through awe-inspiring speeches and a fiery spirit to win, Churchill wiped away his unpopularity, saving himself from the disgrace accorded to Hitler and Stalin.

The history of the Left in India: From freedom struggle to being freed of Tripura
Mon, Mar 12, 2018

It can hardly be denied that both the freedom struggle and the political landscape of free India was for the longest period of time hued in various shades of red.

How Vladimir Lenin influenced Indian revolutionaries
Wed, Mar 07, 2018

It was Lenin who personally received the founder of the CPI, MN Roy, in Moscow where he was invited to attend the second world congress of the Communist International.

Holi, Houly, Huli, Whoolye: How Europeans documented their encounter with India’s festival of colours
Fri, Mar 02, 2018

Holi over the years: To the European observer, the festival was essentially tied up with Hinduism, Lord Krishna and his flirtatious ways and of course the tradition of spraying colours.

How Hindi became Arunachal Pradesh’s lingua franca
Tue, Feb 27, 2018

Ironically, it is the presence of a large number of native languages in Arunachal Pradesh that is the key reason behind Hindi gaining currency in the state.

As Justin Trudeau visits India, a look back at how Khalistan movement spread in Canada
Fri, Feb 23, 2018

The emergence and development of the Khalistan movement in Canada and the militant groups it gave rise to has a long complicated history, the roots of which can be dated much before the independence of the country.

‘There are 600 potentially endangered languages in India… each dead language takes away a culture system’
Thu, Feb 22, 2018

In the interview, Ganesh Devy spoke about the dying and dead languages of India, how some languages gain popularity while others remain marginalised, and the impact of colonisation on the language system of India.

Bahubali Mahamastakabhisheka Mahotsav: Here is the history of the Jain festival PM Modi attended today
Mon, Feb 19, 2018

Though the Mahamastakabhisheka ceremony is widely known to be a mark of Jain religiosity, it is also historically believed to be a moment when political leadership has been involved in the event and also when social reforms were carried out in Karnataka.

‘Subhas Chandra Bose’s case needs closure, daughter wants remains laid to rest in India’
Wed, Feb 14, 2018

Laid to rest: The controversy over Subhas Chandra Bose’s death: Author of new book on Netaji says only daughter has locus in the case, not extended family

Valentine’s Day special: Rekhti, Urdu odes to lesbian love that were suppressed in Awadh
Wed, Feb 14, 2018

The poets were male, but both the speaker and the subject were female. It reflected a world inhabited by women but more importantly, though, it gave voice to love and desire within the world of women.

#GenderAnd: When women count. Can data alone drive policy?
Thu, Feb 08, 2018

Data can be sexist, missing women & girls entirely, or undervaluing their contributions.