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

A deluge from history: How Indian monsoon was documented by foreign travellers
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

The passionate outburst of rain showers that take place in the middle of the year has been extensively chronicled by foreign writers in India, accompanying expressions ranging from horror, awe and alarm to amusement and longing.

PM Narendra Modi in US: From Obama to Trump, here is what happened on his earlier visits
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

Each of his previous visits have been noteworthy in his efforts at not just strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries, but also in his attempt to acquire the confidence of the Indian community in the United States.

International Yoga Day: How Swami Vivekananda helped popularise the ancient Indian regimen in the West
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

If one were to trace Yoga’s journey in the West, we would have to start from September 11, 1893, when Swami Vivekananda made his famous speech at Chicago in the Parliament of religions. His powerful oration immediately won him the adoration of the Americans.

Finsbury Park Mosque, Abu Hamza and the growth of Islamic extremism in Britain
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

Hamza’s radical Islamic views soon made the Finsbury mosque a centre with strong links to extremism. From inside the premises of the mosque, Hamza preached a violent theology and attracted disciples both from within and from outside the UK.

Meet the Meos, the Muslim ‘gau rakhshaks’ of Mewat
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

The special position of the cow in Meo life is manifested in many ways -- such as the fact that married Meo women make the sacred batevra (stacks of cow dung cakes), and the community celebrates Govardhan puja.

Fact checking Amit Shah: Yes, Congress had an ideological basis and it was neo-Hinduism
Mon, Jun 12, 2017

When the Congress was formed in 1885, its immediate motive was not independence. Rather its intent was to form a political arm that would mediate between the British authorities and the demands of the Indians.

An astrophysicist and a rocket scientist spell out what it takes to be a woman scientist in India
Thu, Jun 08, 2017

#GenderAnd Education: According to a 2015 study by Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia, the number of women in science has risen. At least 25 to 30 per cent of PhDs in science are done by women now.

From Iran revolution to parliament attack: A look back at the Islamic Republic’s history
Thu, Jun 08, 2017

Iran’s position in world politics has largely been shaped by the fact that it is the country where political Islam asserted itself for the first time.

Saudi Arabia, UAE cut ties with Qatar: How the schism in gulf nations developed over years
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

A flip side to developing a barrier against Shia revolutionary forces in the GCC countries was that it created an open ground for Sunni forces of Islamic fundamentalism to progress easily, such that it started influencing social and political policy in these nations.

Subhash Chandra Bose death: How the controversy unfolded over last 70 years
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

Condemning the recent announcement made by the Centre, Netaji’s grand nephew and Bengal BJP’s vice president Chandra Bose said he would take up the matter with the PM and said the family would take out a rally in protest against the Centre's statement.

Delhi metro Heritage line: A first day ride into Old City’s glorious past
Sun, May 28, 2017

Owing to the rich past of the old city, the route has been given the name and has been designed in a way that is a treat for the history buffs.

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
Mon, Jun 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.