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Monojit Majumdar


Explained: Chauri Chaura, freedom struggle signpost from 100 years ago
Thu, Feb 04, 2021

The town of Chauri Chaura was the scene of a violent incident with far-reaching consequences during the freedom struggle a century ago.

K Srinath Reddy: ‘We cannot live in permanent lockdown… we need to resume life, but with great caution’
Tue, May 19, 2020

In this first edition of E-Xplained last week, Prof K Srinath Reddy explained a range of issues related to India’s battle against Covid-19 to a large Zoom audience from across the country.

A to Z of Ayodhya verdict
Sun, Nov 10, 2019

Ayodhya verdict: The 1,045-page order — its context and contents — broken down.

Lok Sabha Election Results Explained: Key takeaways from verdict that returned Narendra Modi to power
Fri, May 24, 2019

Lok Sabha elections 2019 results: How does the BJP triumph compare with the one in 2014, which it has bettered? Where does it leave the Congress and the Left, and what is its significance for the voter?

Royal Playground
Sat, Jul 28, 2018

In his second book, Manu S Pillai explores the Deccan through the many rulers who engaged with it

How Satyajit Ray’s The Alien hovered above Hollywood before nosediving into oblivion
Sat, May 26, 2018

The Extra-Terrestrial opened to applause that is yet to subside, Satyajit Ray had submitted to Hollywood’s Columbia Pictures the screenplay of a film about the friendship between a small boy and a benevolent alien.

In appeal to Odia subnationalism, a politics of outreach
Tue, Apr 18, 2017

Commemoration of 200 years of the rebellion of the Paikas

Champaran Satyagraha: 100 years on, recalling the birth of the Gandhian political experiment
Tue, Apr 11, 2017

Champaran was the first of 3 movements during 1917-18 that marked the entry of Gandhi — and civil disobedience — in Indian politics.

The legend of Padmavati and how to read that immortal poem today
Tue, Jan 31, 2017

There is no historical evidence that Padmavati existed. The poem was written over 200 years after the events it purports to describe occurred. The controversy over the film is a battle of competing narratives.

What the ‘revolutionary terrorism’ of Bhagat Singh really means
Mon, May 02, 2016

There has been uproar in Parliament over the alleged reference to Bhagat Singh as a ‘terrorist’ in a well known book, the sale and distribution of whose Hindi version has been stopped by Delhi University.

Why it isn’t ‘depraved’ to look at Mahishasura as the victim
Mon, Feb 29, 2016

India’s cultural history is shot through with innumerable narratives, and they often don’t agree.

Book review: All That Remains
Sat, Jan 09, 2016

For his services and loyalty, Pakistan treated the Chakma Raja as a national hero, and successive Pakistani regimes for over a quarter century rewarded him with a range of ambassadorial positions.

The competing narratives of Tipu: What they say, and why
Mon, Nov 16, 2015

Historical evidence on the life and times of Tipu Sultan is mixed, and his assessment has often been based on current perceptions, prejudices.

Explained: Between Akbar and Pratap, meaningless to look for ‘greater’
Thu, May 28, 2015

Akbar attempted one of history’s biggest and most successful experiments in empire-building.

Explained: No ‘upper’ or ‘lower’, Parliament is both Houses together
Tue, May 19, 2015

Arun Jaitley had said it is a serious question in a parliamentary democracy wherein the wisdom of a directly elected house is questioned repeatedly by the indirectly elected house.

Explained: Tale of the sting
Fri, Mar 13, 2015

In July 2014, former AAP MLA Rajesh Garg recorded Kejriwal purportedly proposing a plan to break six members from the eight-MLA Congress.

To Chetan Sir, With Half-Love
Sat, Nov 01, 2014

The biggest-selling writer’s new novel is dogged by the old problem of terminal corniness