Adrija Roychowdhury

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

Giant squids are rare, but not references to ‘sea monsters’ in annals of history
Mon, May 15, 2017

The carcass found in Indonesia is believed to be particularly akin to the giant squid or the Kraken.

Buddha Purnima special: Three reasons why Ambedkar embraced Buddhism
Wed, May 10, 2017

The most popular view among scholars is the fact that Buddhism was seen as the most modern and rational religion by Ambedkar.

Jehangir’s mom was Portuguese Christian, maybe Jodha Bai never existed: New book
Sun, May 07, 2017

The book dwells at length on the matrimonial alliance between Akbar and the Portuguese Maria Mascarenhas, a union which he maintains is conveniently missing from Mughal, Portuguese and English sources.

Modi as rashtra rishi? Baba Ramdev’s epithet for PM not in sync with ancient traditions
Wed, May 03, 2017

When Yoga guru Ramdev Baba declared Prime Minister Narendra Modi as ‘Rashtra Rishi’, he gave him the pedigree of a God-like status.

Five Point Someone in DU syllabus: Let’s stop blaming Chetan Bhagat and start rueing the state of Indian readership
Tue, Apr 25, 2017

The problem here is not just about the celebration of mediocrity, but also of the lack of mass appeal of those who are classified as ‘elite’ in the literary circuit.

French secularism and how it helps Marine Le Pen say no to Sikh turbans
Sun, May 07, 2017

French secularism roughly it translates as the separation of religious affairs from governmental activities.

50 years after first Dravidian government in Tamil Nadu, here’s a look at history of AIADMK and others
Wed, Apr 19, 2017

The rift between Sasikala and Panneerselvam and the overall chaos in the party, highlights all that was wrong with the Dravidian movement

Indian new year finds reflection across its ‘colonies’
Fri, Apr 14, 2017

From the beginning of the Christian era, several Indian kingdoms were formed in regions of Southeast Asia.

Survey of India turns 250: Remembering a British past when mapping was for the sake of conquering
Tue, Apr 11, 2017

Throughout the late eighteenth and nineteenth century, as more and more territories came under the British rule, a series of surveys and mapping exercises were carried out.

From George Bush to Donald Trump: How US policy towards Syria has evolved
Fri, Apr 07, 2017

Trump’s decision to attack the Syrian base today can hardly be seen in tune with the overall structure of foreign policy maintained by America towards the country.

Indenture system ended a century ago, but Indians still face racism in British colonies
Sun, Apr 02, 2017

The nature of the labour recruitment was such that only those from the lowest castes and poor economic backgrounds were approached for the practice.

Not the right climate for environment: Here is the Barack Obama plan that Donald Trump quashed
Wed, Mar 29, 2017

Trump’s order has unleashed widescale criticism from environmentalists who consider the ruling to be “dangerous and going against the broader trend toward cleaner energy technologies.”

Gilgit-Baltistan: A bumpy history
Mon, Mar 27, 2017

Deriving maximum profits from the region’s strategic location and economic resources, the government of Pakistan had left the people of the area without any basic rights or state benefits.

Similarities between Greek and Indian mythology, in the eyes of Devdutt Pattanaik
Sun, Mar 26, 2017

“Greek mythology plays an important role in our understanding of concepts like ‘democracy’, ‘justice’ and ‘nation-state’,” said Pattanaik.

On Shaheed diwas, a reflection upon Bhagat Singh’s idea of ‘no religion’
Thu, Mar 23, 2017

In present times as the country struggles to find religious liberation in political governance, it is Bhagat Singh’s ideas of atheism that needs to be reflected upon and drawn inspiration from.

Verifying Shashi Tharoor, why Winston Churchill was similar to Adolf Hitler
Wed, Mar 22, 2017

It was Churchill, whose policies led to large scale depletion of the empire’s economic resources to the extent that led to death of millions of Indians.

What is Indus Water Treaty: All you need to know about India, Pakistan water dispute
Mon, Mar 20, 2017

Internationally, the Indus Water Treaty is seen as one of the most successful cases of conflict resolution especially considering the fact that it has stayed in place despite the two countries having been engaged in four wars.

Will France, Germany and Italy go the Dutch way in upcoming elections?
Fri, Mar 17, 2017

The other big victim of Nazism, Italy had joined France, Netherlands, Germany and Luxemberg in its bid to stay away from war in future.

From Delhi to UP: How BJP has fared in polls under PM Modi
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

After the general elections of 2014, Modi knew, just as his party did, that they had to firmly hold on to the ‘Modi wave’ in order to make inroads in every state of India.

Before elections 2017 see how India elected its leaders in 600BC
Thu, Mar 09, 2017

Legend suggests that in the earliest times kingship in India was thought to be based upon human need and military necessity, and that the king's first duty was to lead his subjects in war.

International Women’s Day 2017: Five mass movements spearheaded by women in India
Wed, Mar 08, 2017

On various instances women have risen in unison not just for gender related issues, but also spearheaded some significant socio-economic movements in the country.

In new book, a side of Aurangzeb India is not familiar with
Sun, Mar 05, 2017

"Aurangzeb protected more Hindu temples than he destroyed. He employed more Hindus in his imperial administration than any prior Mughal ruler by a fair margin," says Truschke.

BBC’s new show Taboo narrates story of East India Company, but is strangely silent on India
Mon, Feb 27, 2017

The origins of the EIC lay in certain developments in seventeenth century England that acted as a catalyst for increasing curiosity in the East.

India’s Rangoon connection: Memories of the thousands who took an uncertain walk back home
Fri, Feb 24, 2017

As per records, the trek by land must have been undertaken by at least 400,000 refugees, if not more.

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.