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

World Heritage Day 2019: Five historic villages that are part of New Delhi

As we celebrate World Heritage Day on the theme of rural landscapes on April 18 this year, here is a look at five historic villages tucked away in the city’s growing urban topography.

Explained: Notre-Dame – architectural marvel and most important witness of French history

The real significance of the Notre-Dame in France lies not in its size or architectural splendour, rather in it being a keen witness to eight centuries of tumultuous French history.

On Jallianwala Bagh centenary, exhibition puts focus on lesser known facts, protagonists

The exhibition that is on display till April 28 has been curated over the last two and a half years. The idea was to shift focus from just the main incident to the days that preceded it and its aftermath.

Remembering the British journalist who was deported for his fearless reporting on the Jallianwala Bagh massacre

Horniman was also known to have smuggled into Britain the photographs of the massacre, which were published in the Daily Herald. His defiance, however, resulted in deportation.

Delhi’s Tughlaq era Bara lao ka gumbad gets a fresh lease of life

The ‘Bara lao ka gumbad’ traces its history back to the 14th century when the Tughalqs had built its adjoining area as a garden, making it one of the oldest gardens of Delhi.

In Varanasi, as Kashi Vishwanath corridor rises, a Dalit colony goes under the rubble

The Dalit basti on the Jalasen Ghat used to be home to a mix of people from a large range of professions that met the everyday needs of the inhabitants of Pukka Mahal.

Mamata moves, Naveen promises — but women’s reservation remains a bumpy ride to nowhere

The proposal to implement a quota for women in state and central legislatures has come up on several occasions in past decades. But it has only run into stiff opposition from various groups, including women's organisations.

Explained: What role did Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel play in the Dandi march of 1930?

As Patel went about mobilising people for the march, the district administration of Surat realised it was necessary to get him out of the way.

72-year separation ends, cousins meet for first time since Partition

Like most Partition refugees, Dalbir too had moved on in life, safely burying his days across the border within the creases of memory. But a more emotional Amir, remained persistent in his efforts to join the missing dots of his family.

The women who built CR Park, Delhi’s ‘mini Bengal’

The South Delhi neighbourhood was established in 1964 to accommodate those who had moved to Delhi from East Pakistan during the Partition.

Remembering Theresa Serber Malkiel, the forgotten woman behind International Women’s Day

It was Malkiel who first suggested the observance of a 'National Women’s Day' in the US. It was of crucial importance to her that women have the right to vote. She campaigned for the ballot in New York State and elsewhere.

Explained: Taliban-US talks and the future of Afghanistan

The very fact that the US is talking to the Taliban legitimises their role in Afghanistan's present and future. All of this is worrying for India -- a Taliban government in Afghanistan in the near future will mean a hugely increased leverage for Pakistan in that country.

The road to rap: Music as protest across India

India has been no stranger to the idea of protesting against socio-economic realities through the medium of music. While some like the Dharavi rappers have taken inspiration from the West, others like T M Krishna have used classical or folk indigenous forms of music.

Explained: When Vajpayee said a firm no to IAF crossing LoC

During the Kargil conflict in the summer of 1999, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had instructed the Air Force to stay on the Indian side of the LoC. This is what happened in Kargil nearly 20 years ago.

Chhattisgarh’s alleged police excesses against ‘Maoist sympathisers’ — these are the cases

Details of the terms of reference for the proposed commission are not known yet. However, the following are some prominent cases of accusations and arrests made by the Chhattisgarh Police in the past few years.

Explained: Who is Maria Ressa and why has she been arrested by Philippines authorities

One of the most highly regarded journalists of the Philippines, Maria Ressa has spent close to two decades as an investigative reporter and foreign correspondent

Before Bhupen Hazarika, five other controversies surrounding the Bharat Ratna

Over the decades the Bharat Ratna has frequently found itself entangled in controversy over the choice of its recipient, or the circumstances in which he or she was being awarded.

Explained: Why Macedonia changed its name, and why some Greeks are still unhappy

For the Greeks, the name Macedonia has a powerful historical significance. It is the name of a region within Greece, and this name harks back to the ancient kingdom once ruled by Alexander the Great.

Why caste, not class, has determined quotas in India

In order to understand why the 10 per cent quota for the EWS is an unprecedented move, we need to reflect upon the unique role caste plays in our socio-economic fabric, and why it has been favoured over the economic criterion in deciding reservations.

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.