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October 18, 2017 11:39 pm

Crackers and fireworks up to nineteenth century India were probably quite expensive and hence commissioned mainly by the rulers for personal and citizen entertainment or by the economically well-to-do of the community.

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October 14, 2017 3:38 pm

Research suggests that the unpredictable, moving sparks are captivating to the human eye, since they is distinct from the reflected light we are used to seeing in routine earthly existence.

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October 12, 2017 3:43 pm

The Malabar rebellion, also known popularly as the Moplah rebellion, was an armed revolt staged by the Mappila Muslims of Kerala against the British authorities and their Hindu allies in 1921.

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October 18, 2017 5:01 pm

Here is a quiz testing your knowledge of the institution of slavery as it existed in India, the changes it went through over time and the contributions made by it to enrich our country’s history.

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October 11, 2017 11:01 am

While the fundamental rights guarantee equality for all despite sex, the forces are empowered to recruit on the basis of gender and change to gender changes the conditions of recruitment. However, there are countries that allow personnel to go through gender reassignment and continue service.

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October 9, 2017 6:44 pm

The most interesting case of the history of slavery in India is that of social mobility inherent in the institution as practised in many parts of the country, so much so that some of these slaves went on to become rulers, administrating over vast populations.

October 10, 2017 10:54 am

“The average New Yorker who carries a pistol cannot hit anything with it. Sudden passion and ready pistols lead to homicides almost innumerable.” - New York Tribune 1866

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October 6, 2017 2:53 pm

The British raj was helpless beyond a point to censor or repress American journalists, whose nationality served as an immunity of sorts and allowed them to spotlight Gandhi's activities and India's freedom struggle for the US and world.

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October 2, 2017 5:13 pm

Connecting the issue of cleanliness, untouchability and national autonomy, Gandhi had laid down the guidelines of what he saw as the ideal free Indian society.

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October 3, 2017 8:28 am

Reportedly, when Lal Bahadur Shastri passed away in 1966 he had no house on his name, nor any land in his possession.

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October 3, 2017 6:42 pm

Gandhi Jayanti 2017: During his visit to Lancashire, England in 1931 Gandhi was mobbed -- not with anger but with admiration -- by the same community of weavers who had lost their jobs due to the Indian National Congress' boycott of British goods.

September 28, 2017 8:43 pm

"Women sleep outside the house to avoid the sleeping husband in the house," said Nonibala. Unaware of the concept of marital rape, many women do not know that forceful intercourse within a marriage constitutes a crime.

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September 26, 2017 4:35 pm

Since the late 18th century, Durga Puja was a mark of status for the Bengali mercantile class before gradually becoming integral to the nationalism project to evoke the spirit of patriotic awakening among the sons of Bengal.

September 25, 2017 2:37 pm

Studies on the behaviour of the octopuses on the new site, named Octlantis, corroborated what had been seen during studies on the first site, Octopolis - that octopuses are not as asocial as they were thought to be.

September 25, 2017 1:17 pm

The team has defined an “optimum” fouling point and “critical” fouling point to check state of fouling in the track. If the ballast has reached “optimum” fouling point, deep-screening is recommended immediately.

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September 24, 2017 8:17 am

Majority of the Rakhine Buddhists believe that ‘Rohingya’ is a fabricated religious identity. They go on to cite historical documents to claim that the Burmese past never had any community called Rohingya.

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September 20, 2017 4:17 pm

The emissions difference has been similar for ten years but the amount of CO2 has fallen, it said, adding that one reason the carbon dioxide values were almost identical was because diesel cars were heavier and had higher power.

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September 17, 2017 6:27 pm

The Sardar Sarovar project was a vision of the first deputy prime minister of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The foundation stone of the project was laid out by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on April 5, 1961.

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September 15, 2017 5:24 pm

The conflict between the US and North Korea has been raging at least since the Korean War in 1950 which ended in the division of the Korean peninsula under the respective influence of the US and the former Soviet Union.

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September 14, 2017 7:46 pm

While European countries like Germany and Italy had been researching and experimenting on high speed rail network since as early as the beginning of the twentieth century, it was Japan which made the breakthrough in this race for the fastest rail technology.

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September 11, 2017 9:34 pm

A short film made in 1945 by the war department and army pictorial service signal corps, depicts in full detail the traffic control system inaugurated by the military police in Calcutta and the planning and regulation that went into ensuring its sustenance.

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September 5, 2017 1:51 pm

Ganesha is frequently associated with entrepreneurial spirit and the spread of his popularity outside of India is attributed to the commercial contact between the country with its neighbours which resulted in the spread of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism in other Asian cultures.

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September 4, 2017 5:34 pm

Two centuries ago, the concept of a Labour Day in Canada was conceived to pay homage to the workers’ union movements that had taken root in the country.

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September 3, 2017 11:46 am

As Mumbai reeled under the excessive rain on august 29, and Mumbaikars wondered if authorities had learnt any lessons from the 2005 flood, historians and city planners hark back to the history of India’s most resilient city to see if the past offered any pointers to the present disaster.

August 29, 2017 7:57 pm

Rare images of the November 1945 Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fauj) trials from photojournalist Kulwant Roy’s work, as documented by Aditya Arya in the visual archive History in the Making.

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August 29, 2017 6:04 pm

Dhyan Chand was often called a ‘magician’ on the Hockey field. Such was his aura that it spread beyond India to Germany, Britain, Japan and Holland.

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August 30, 2017 1:27 pm

Modern Sikhism, which promised to get rid of untouchability, failed to provide that social equality in practice. The hold of casteist prejudice and hegemony sustained in spite of Sikh Gurus’ preachings against untouchability and their propagation of equality.

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August 21, 2017 3:27 pm

A diverse collection of work by mythologists has shown that the connections between eclipse and mythological figures like demons existed across races and cultures and are to date, commonly followed by mankind across the world.

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August 23, 2017 12:33 pm

Both quality papers as well as tabloids in British press portrayed the transfer of power to India and Pakistan as the ‘fulfillment of Britain’s mission’.

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August 28, 2017 4:18 pm

At the stroke of midnight, the freedom finally arrived, largely with the efforts of the Congress. But what did this freedom mean to those who were neither ruled by the British, nor were they close enough to the Congress' political centre?

August 19, 2017 11:19 am

The partition of Punjab remains by far the bloodiest part of Indian history, the dirtiest and scariest of all, tagging along as it did with the euphoria of freedom.

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August 21, 2017 3:41 pm

What did independence mean to the ordinary folks residing in these states, far removed from the high drama of nationalist discourse and very often unaware of what course their homeland’s politics was about to take?

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August 15, 2017 9:52 pm

If the incoming Hindu population faced the bitterness of displacement on one hand, then the Muslims who stayed on in West Bengal were equally distraught.

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August 15, 2017 8:43 am

The major newspapers of the world had culled out a significant part of their front pages to underline the nationalist aspirations, the birth of the two nations and the celebrations as well as massacre that accompanied the same.

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August 14, 2017 4:09 pm

Delivered to the Indian Constituent Assembly in Parliament, just before midnight on August 15, 1947, the speech has been referenced over the years to show how the idea of India was an experiment in many ways

When talking of Bengali cuisine, the fondness for fish and the topping of roshgullah and sandesh are two things that strikes one’s imagination most instantly. While the former is a product of geographical positioning, the latter is a result of a historical accident.
August 11, 2017 5:35 pm

When talking of Bengali cuisine, the fondness for fish and the topping of roshgullah and sandesh are two things that strikes one’s imagination most instantly. While the former is a product of geographical positioning, the latter is a result of a historical accident.