The faith placed by the Bihar government in transgenders is largely reflective of a time when they were not just trusted as guards of imperial harems and chambers, but were also privy to intimate details of the court and the household.
In an interview with Indianexpress.com, Lal spoke about the incredible achievements of Nur Jahan. Remnants of imperial orders issued by her, coins minted in her name, paintings that paid ode to her sovereignty and bravery are all evidence of the enormously powerful figure she was.
Together, with the BJP the Shiv Sena roared across the length and breadth of Maharashtra. It is only recently, with the eruption of the Modi wave, that the Sena felt compelled to distance itself from the national party
During the holy season of Ramzan, Chitpur, supposedly one of the oldest localities of Kolkata lights up in its fullest glory. The influence of Mughal and Awadhi cuisine on Bengal is made evident with the variegated display of delicacies that spring up in this area.
“As such, tracing the changing nature of football in Bengal is in many ways an exercise in tracing the history of the region itself,” writes sports historian Paul Dimeo. Football remains at the heart of the history that defines modern-day Bengal.
Over the years neither has India offered its fullest support to the country on account of the relations necessitated with South Korea and America, nor has it completely alienated itself from the region as a consequence of the troubled relations it shares with Pakistan and China.
Since the 1970s, however, there is a distinctive nature to this form of violence. “It is different from the class-based Naxalite upheaval in the 1960-70 period. It is also different from the caste-based violence that can be seen in parts of North India,” writes historian Sumanta Banerjee
The world he created was unique to the Bengal of the 1990s - its demeanour and aesthetics reeking of a newfound aspiration and desire to turn away from the age-old Leftist tendencies. Rituparno Ghosh, in every sense, altered the Bengali film industry by making cinema for the new Bengal of the 1990s.
In the late sixties and early seventies, the Naxalbari uprising ignited a fire in the hearts of both the urban youth and the rural masses. Eventually, it would go on to determine the very nature of armed revolution in India.
Delhi today is dotted with the remnants of 1857, the last battle to be fought along the banks of the Yamuna where seven cities thrived. The memories linger on in the many structures and memorials that dot across its landscape.
Few are aware of the fact that the youngest prime minister of India was also a keen photographer. While photography was a source of immense pleasure to him, he is believed to have been extremely modest about it.
Spanning across Srirangapatna, Mysore, Coorg, and Mangalore, we touched upon nine constituencies as part of the Tipu trail. Out of the nine, the BJP has come out with flying colours in six, while two have gone to the Congress and one to JD(S).
To assess the impact that the differing tales of Tipu have left behind upon the minds of the people, indianexpress.com went on a ground reporting tour to those parts of Karnataka where the Tiger’s footsteps can still be heard.
Karnataka Elections 2018: It’s been two centuries since the Sultan used the coast to take on the British fleets, but in the process he was brutal towards the local Christians. Will that be a factor when they line up to vote tomorrow?
The memory of Tipu’s attack on the region rings through the hills of Coorg as residents point out to the statues of two elephants with mutilated trunks that stand in the temple, serving as testimony to a time when the local Kodava community were betrayed