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Sahil M Beg


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Explained: The debate behind changing New Zealand’s name
Thu, Sep 16, 2021

New Zealand's Maori Party has launched a petition to change the official name of the country to 'Aotearoa'. A look at the history of the country to understand the demand

Bihar’s lost city: A newly unearthed Buddhist monastery holds vital clues
Thu, Jan 21, 2021

The excavation at Lal Pahari is yet another clue found in recent years as part of a larger effort by researchers and government officials to resurrect a long-forgotten, prosperous city called Krimila, which has been identified in and around the present-day town of Lakhisarai in Bihar.

From Khirki to Fathepur and ‘Sambhaji Nagar’, the many names of Aurangabad
Tue, Jan 12, 2021

Known for its Taj Mahal styled 17th-century marble Bibi ka Maqbara and ancient Ajanta-Ellora caves, the present-day Aurangabad was originally built in the early 16th century by Malik Ambar–an African slave turned warrior.

The Patna Collectorate: A link to city’s past as a Dutch trading post
Mon, Oct 26, 2020

Situated on the banks of the river Ganges, the 12-acre complex of the Patna Collectorate contains within it a precious slice of history from a time when the city used to be a bustling trade centre for Europeans.

A code of silence: The secrecy surrounding health of US presidents is not new
Tue, Oct 06, 2020

There is a long, uncomfortable history of American presidents being dishonest to the public about their health. In some cases, the issues were minor, in others quite serious.

The dancing plague that struck many in medieval Europe
Sun, Sep 20, 2020

In the 15th and 16th centuries, little was understood about the science behind the dancing plague. The societies of the time offered explanations, ranging from demonic possession, wrath of God to bites of spiders.

For dominion India, real independence did not come in 1947
Sat, Aug 15, 2020

The British were unsure of India’s dominion status and even others dominions like Canada did not want to share this status with a non-white polity

Explained: What a new study has found about an ancient reptile whose neck was longer than its body
Wed, Aug 12, 2020

The Tanystropheus lived on Earth some 242 million years ago, around the Monte San Giorgio basin on the Swiss-Italian border.

How Seleucus Nicator gave away most of Pakistan and Afghanistan for 500 elephants
Mon, Jun 22, 2020

Seleucus had first set foot in India in 326 BC as a newly-appointed captain of an infantry guard in the army of Alexander who was fighting against King Porus. However, nearly two decades later he was again standing on the shores of River Indus as a king looking to protect his borders and expand his empire.

Chinhat, Aarah and Bareilly: The lesser-known battles of 1857
Thu, May 28, 2020

Even though Delhi, Lucknow, Kanpur were the epicentres of the uprising, several other areas in Oudh, Rohilkhand and Bihar also witnessed crucial events and produced several local leaders. The events in these regions had political consequences and determined the way ahead for both sides.

Malik Ambar: The African slave who built Aurangabad and ruined the game for Mughals in the Deccan
Fri, May 15, 2020

The story of Malik Ambar, an African slave turned warrior, is an unusual one. Sold and bought several times by slave dealers during his youth, fate brought him miles away from his home in Ethiopia to India.

Long hours, coordination trouble: Work from home isn’t really easy
Wed, Apr 29, 2020

However, amid the discontent and challenges of working remotely, the one silver lining for several professionals is saving hours of travel time.

Bega Begum: The Mughal empress who gave Delhi Humayun’s Tomb
Wed, Mar 11, 2020

A riveting story of Mughal Empress Bega Begum who held immense power, endured tragedy and dedicated her entire life caring for the poor.

Explained: Why Vatican has opened its archives of Holocaust-era Pope Pius XII before time
Wed, Mar 04, 2020

The Vatican normally waits 70 years after the death of a pope before making his archives available for study. However, in this case, the records have been made public eight years prior to this deadline.

Shaheen Bagh just knows how to fight every battle
Thu, Jan 23, 2020

No matter where you stand on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and NRC, there is no way that the grit and perseverance of Shaheen Bagh protesters as also their warmth can go unnoticed by anyone.

The colourful dissent: When Shaheen Bagh, Jamia become a canvas for protest
Sun, Jan 19, 2020

As the sit-in at one of the prominent anti-CAA protest sites continues in the capital, the different kinds of artworks and installations continue to send out the message of resistance.

Explained: How Alexei Leonov became the first human to walk in space
Sun, Oct 13, 2019

On March 18, 1965, Leonov created history after he exited the Voskhod 2 spacecraft capsule, tethered by a 16 feet long cable, and floated in space for a duration of 12 minutes and 9 seconds.

Durga Puja pandal in Ghaziabad chronicles 100-year journey of Bengali cinema
Mon, Oct 07, 2019

The pandal, which looks like an old cineplex building from outside, has been created by a Kolkata-based artist Taposh Maity and his team comprising of nearly 20 artisans.

Explained: Why anti-government demonstrations are being banned in Zimbabwe
Sat, Aug 24, 2019

Political tensions escalated in Zimbabwe after police banned an anti-government demonstration planned by the country's main opposition party — the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in the central city of Gweru.

Postcards from the attic: The online ‘Daak’ project that is exhuming lost literary gems
Mon, Dec 10, 2018

Every weekend, the subscribers of this initiative receive a digital postcard with a relatively unknown story, poem, or artwork with a chunk of curated information along with a ‘daak’ ticket on top. 

Come Dussehra and the Ravana makers of Titarpur know who is king
Sun, Oct 21, 2018

Once the festive season is over, the artisans will return to their professions such as carpenter, electricians and even painters, only to come back next year for the love of their craft.

Jahanara Begum: The Mughal princess who designed Chandni Chowk
Mon, Sep 17, 2018

Born in 1614, Jahanara lived a life outside the conventional role of a Mughal princess —as an exemplary poet, writer, architect, engineer and painter, especially in an era where the lives of Mughal women were largely confined within the walls of the zenana.

Section 377 verdict: LGBTQIA students relieved, say the first step towards equality
Fri, Sep 07, 2018

Like Sonal Chopra, college students from across the country who identify themselves as LGBTQIA (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex and Asexual) were happy and relieved as soon as the Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a landmark judgment scrapping Section 377 of the IPC.