Adrija Roychowdhury

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

Articles By Adrija Roychowdhury

Quota Bill cleared house in two days, here’s how long some other Constitution amendments have taken

Given the complexity of the procedure required to amend the Constitution, it is unsurprising that most important amendments have taken at least a few months to be carried out.

The year of Nehru: From rose to jacket, 2018 was all about the first PM of India

Jawaharlal Nehru’s purported interaction with the armed forces, his attitude towards other nationalist leaders as well as his personal style and attire have been mired in political controversy, so much so that we can safely claim 2018 to be the year of Nehru.

The British in India: David Gilmour’s new book explores men and women in a strange land

The book is an account of the thousands who were caught up often by accident, often unintentionally in the long British involvement in the Indian subcontinent.

Was Mahatma Gandhi racist?

Grandson and biographer Rajmohan Gandhi agrees Gandhi during his youth did support the imperial cause and was on several occasions prejudiced and ignorant about South African blacks, but insists on analysing him as an imperfect human being

KCR: The face of Telangana movement brushes aside united opposition, gets another term

Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao, popularly known as KCR is believed to be a case study in political survival. Devoid of any political lineage, Rao rose up the ladder purely on the basis of his undeterred commitment to the Telangana cause

Mushirul Hasan, the man who changed how history looked at Indian Muslims

Hasan was a pioneer in changing the tone of history writing in India, especially when it came to the way the discipline projected Islam.

Raman Singh: His development agenda lost against three terms of voter fatigue

Singh was confident that his claims of development politics and the fight against red terror will allow him to form a government in the state for the fourth time. Voter fatigue, however, was stronger and the Congress emerged a clear winner in the election.

Fourth time unlucky, voter fatigue dethrones Shivraj Singh Chouhan

As the people's mandate shows, despite the strong fight, Chouhan could not win against the odds built over the last thirteen years.

Vasundhara Raje: Her confidence could not withstand popular mandate

Schemes such as the Bhamashah Yojana, Mukhya Mantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan (MJSA), Grameen Gaurav Path Yojana and the establishment of Annapurna stores to ensure food security are some of the highlights of Vasundhara Raje’s five-year rule in the state.

Sneak peek into Jaipur Literature Festival 2019 reveals special focus on science fiction and climate change

On Monday, the organisers of the five-day festival offered a sneak peek into the event through a curtain raiser held at the Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi. The event will be held at Diggi Palace Hotel in Jaipur between January 24 and 28 next year.

Raj of the Royals (III): Rajasthan families that still have finger on power

Rajasthan consists of 18 royal families, more than half of which have fielded candidates in the state and national elections.

Raj of the Royals (Part II): How the scions still dominate power in MP

Consisting of a large number of erstwhile princely states, the royal families in this region have continued to exercise their authority since the days of Madhya Bharat.

At Delhi exhibition, 17th century ‘Company art’ gets its last brush with history

Delhi-based art historian Seema Bhalla recently recreated this long-lost colonial world of ‘Company Art in a week-long exhibition held at Bikaner House in Delhi.

The children who are writing the history of C R Park in Delhi

The ‘Neighbourhood Diaries’ project was conceived in 2016 and is aimed at archiving the history of C R Park through the eyes of the children of the locality.

Raj of the Royals (Part I): In Chhattisgarh power still resides in the palaces

As Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh go to polls in the coming days, here is a look at how the erstwhile royalties of these states have continued to rule through modern political mechanisms.

When Congress played politics over the ‘holy cow’

After the Congress split in 1969, the faction led by Indira Gandhi is known to have taken a conscious turn towards socialism. Interestingly, the new symbol of the breakaway faction led by Gandhi was that of a cow suckling its calf.

Thugs of Hindostan: A British myth or Indian reality?

Historical records show that almost all the material available on Thugs are those written by the British. Ironically, there is no record written in the Indian vernaculars that can be considered a source for deriving the history of the Thugs.

Decoding why Bengal celebrates Kali on Diwali

The divergences in the form and depictions that Kali denotes across different parts of the subcontinent is largely reflexive of the way in which her character developed and blended with local traditions and Hindu symbolism.

Shimla could have been named after Goddess Shamli, but there was no Simla before the British

The British did not just lay the foundation stone of an urban civilisation in the hilly district but also developed it with roads, transport, and bridges.

The story of Bengal’s Pal community: From potters to idol makers

The shift of the Pal community from the potter’s wheel to the making of clay idols is a story of exploring new caste identities through changing power structures and economic opportunities.