Adrija Roychowdhury


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

Manto and the art of tolerating truth
Fri, Sep 21, 2018

Nandita Das, along with actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui (who plays Manto in the film) and Rasika Dugal (who plays Manto’s wife Safia), visited Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Wednesday to interact with the students of the Department of Arts and Aesthetics.

Behind the freedom of Hyderabad, a struggle against the Nizam
Tue, Sep 18, 2018

Among the princely states that had not acceded to the Indian union by August 1947, the case of Hyderabad was perhaps of the most complex, mainly by virtue of its location.

Section 377: A British legacy from which we have finally broken free
Thu, Sep 06, 2018

The century-old the law against homosexuality was imposed on pre-independent India in accordance with the Christian principles on which the British kingdom was founded.

Why Dalits want to hold on to Dalit, not Harijan, not SC
Wed, Sep 05, 2018

The word ‘Dalit’ has for years been used to identify those who fall outside the caste system in the Brahmanical social order. However, the term has acquired a political connotation, being associated with the radical movement of the depressed classes in recent times.

FemmeCon: India’s first women’s health fest is an eye opener for many
Sun, Sep 02, 2018

Apart from physical health and well being of women, the event conducted a number of sessions of, mental health, sexual harassment, abortion, infertility, legal well being of women as well as sanitation requirements of disabled women.

Kerala flood leaves remains of ancient sea port Muziris covered in silt
Sun, Aug 26, 2018

The devastation caused by the recent flood in Kerala has left its impact upon the Muziris Heritage Project, the state's grand plan to reinstate the cultural significance of its historic seaport.

Kerala floods: The deluge of 1924 was smaller, but impact was similar
Wed, Aug 22, 2018

Records show that thousands of people lost their lives and property, flora and fauna were destroyed and several parts of the Malabar region were submerged in water.

Remembering Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the orator who won hearts with his speeches
Thu, Aug 16, 2018

A writer and a poet before joining politics, Vajpayee’s dexterity with words was what brought him into the Lok Sabha.

Kashmir when India got independence: Neither here nor there
Wed, Aug 15, 2018

On August 15, Jammu and Kashmir had not yet acceded to either India or Pakistan. In this atmosphere of uncertainty, there was hardly anyone who celebrated Independence in Kashmir.

Before the spiritual Aurobindo, the political Aurobindo Ghose
Wed, Aug 15, 2018

Seventy-one years after India freed itself from the clutches of British rule, how exactly is the political philosophy of Sri Aurobindo remembered?

New book pours light on Anglo Indian way of life
Mon, Aug 13, 2018

Hari Bhaskaran’s recent book titled ‘These blooming Anglos” narrates the extraordinary history, achievements, and spirit of life exhibited by the Anglo-Indians.

Muthuvel Karunanidhi: From failing Class X to changing the social fabric of Tamil Nadu
Wed, Aug 08, 2018

Despite the multiple allegations against him, no one can take away the legacy he has left behind, be it in terms of the role that cinema and theatre has to play in political and social reform, or in the way, a movement by those in the margins of society could change the social fabric of a state.

How the Mysorean rocket helped Tipu Sultan’s military might gain new heights
Sun, Aug 05, 2018

Over 1000 Mysorean rockets were recently unearthed from the silt of an abandoned well at a village in Shivamogga district in Karnataka.

NRC row: What the Assam Accord of 1985 said about immigrants
Thu, Aug 02, 2018

The Assam Accord of 1985 began with the assurance that the “government has all along been most anxious to find a satisfactory resolution to the problem of foreigners in Assam.”

From corruption crusader to Taliban Khan, how Imran Khan built up his political innings
Thu, Jul 26, 2018

When Imran Khan launched his party in 1996, few would have predicted that 20 years down the line, his party would be neck-to-neck in battle with PML-led by Nawaz Sharif’s brother Shahbaz Sharif.

A city stolen from the sea: The greed that breeds Mumbai’s struggles with rain
Mon, Jul 23, 2018

Perhaps the best testimony to Mumbai’s struggle with modern-day greed is the way nature expresses its wrath over the city, year after year in the form of large-scale destructive floods. The question then arises as to what went wrong in the decades spent building Mumbai.

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.