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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Adrija Roychowdhury


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

When eunuchs were the mid-rung of power in the Mughal empire
Thu, Jul 19, 2018

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.

‘Nur Jahan is the history of India’: Historian Ruby Lal on her new book
Wed, Jul 11, 2018

In an interview with, 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.

Four reasons why Indira Gandhi declared Emergency
Mon, Jun 25, 2018

The trouble began in Gujarat, spread to Bihar and from there to several other parts of Northern India.

Why the cow is worshipped in Hindutva politics
Tue, Jul 17, 2018

The cow has been traditionally embedded in the Indian psyche -- to be pulled out every now and then by those exercising or aspiring to be in power, with appeals to the special position it holds.

Shiv Sena’s evolution: From Marathi Manoos to Hindutva, from with the BJP to without the BJP
Tue, Jun 19, 2018

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

Ramzan in Chitpur, the food haven of Kolkata
Fri, Jun 15, 2018

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.

Why Bengal is obsessed with football?
Fri, Jun 15, 2018

“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.

Trump-Kim summit: What the handshake in Singapore means for India
Tue, Jun 12, 2018

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.

Pranab Mukherjee, the Prime Minister that Congress never gave to India
Fri, Jun 08, 2018

In the years following the assassination of Gandhi, Mukherjee, though still steadfastly loyal to the Congress, slipped into an uneasy relationship with the party.

Politics of violence in West Bengal: When history keeps repeating itself
Wed, Jun 06, 2018

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

Quora in Hindi: All your questions answered
Thu, May 31, 2018

With the launch of the website in Hindi, there is a unique cultural space that the platform has also decided to enter, with a specific set of challenges that come with it.

Remembering Rituparno Ghosh: The filmmaker of a new Bengal
Sun, Jun 03, 2018

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.

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar: He admired Hitler and other lesser-known facts about him
Mon, May 28, 2018

He widely read Indian and world history and wrote aggressively on the oppressive British rule in India, his admiration for fascism and his views on Muslims and Christians.

51 years of Naxalbari: How a peasant uprising triggered a pan-India political movement
Fri, May 25, 2018

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.

Five 1857 markers in Delhi, a walk with William Dalrymple
Fri, May 25, 2018

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.

Rajiv Gandhi: Five lesser known facts
Mon, May 21, 2018

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.

Karnataka election results 2018: This is how the Tipu trail voted
Tue, May 15, 2018

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).

On Tipu trail: Four cities, four different narratives, but the Sultan is still a factor
Fri, May 11, 2018

To assess the impact that the differing tales of Tipu have left behind upon the minds of the people, went on a ground reporting tour to those parts of Karnataka where the Tiger’s footsteps can still be heard.

On the Tipu trail — Mangalore: For Christians here, the forgotten enemy is now a lesser evil
Fri, May 11, 2018

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?

On Tipu trail — Coorg: A hill region that still resists any advances of the Sultan
Wed, May 09, 2018

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