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Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Vinay Lal

The writer is professor of history, University of California, Los Angele.

Despite Trump’s exit, belief in a benevolent US as leader of the ‘free world’ lies in tatters
Thu, Dec 24, 2020

What 2020 has indubitably established is that the US is altered forever and cannot simply pick up from where, as decent people fondly imagine, it veered off, forgetful of its supposed mission to serve as a beacon of light to the world.

The deep ties between Gandhi and the American civil rights movement
Mon, Sep 30, 2019

Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Anniversary: How the American civil rights movement adapted Gandhian ideas for their struggle.

M for menstruation
Sat, Dec 22, 2018

Menstrual politics is at the heart of the Sabarimala entry controversy. By a majority 4-1 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the prohibition of girls and women between the age of 10 and 50 into the Sabarimala temple was unconstitutional.

A foreign offence
Tue, Sep 11, 2018

Punjab government doesn’t get it: Idea of blasphemy has no point of reference in Hinduism

Remembering an act of insurrection
Fri, Feb 23, 2018

The Royal Indian Navy mutiny was overshadowed by the INA trial. Its celebration would have run counter to the logic of the democratic nation-state.

The Homeless Gandhi
Wed, Jan 31, 2018

To remember Mahatma Gandhi is to reflect on the meanings of home and dispossession

A Republic of Inhospitality
Tue, Jan 30, 2018

If inclusiveness is the touchstone of a Republic, what is characteristic of India today is how increasingly large constituencies are being excluded from the nation. Muslims and Dalits have been hounded, garroted, and lynched

Open City
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

Vasudha Dalmia explores the relationship between the city and the development of the modern Hindi novel, but with mixed results.

Eye 2016
A time to forget
Sun, May 15, 2016

At the Aga Khan Palace in Pune, a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, his legacy looks to fade away in decay and neglect.

Book review: From Aryabhata to Vivekananda
Sat, Apr 02, 2016

Sunil Khilnani threads India's complex and variegated history together through elegant biographies of 50 individuals who made a difference.

Eye 2016
Call to freedom
Sun, Jan 03, 2016

How the INA trial hastened the end of British rule in India.

Eye 2015
A Beautiful Mind: Looking back at the life of Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay
Tue, Apr 03, 2018

She pioneered the cooperative movement in India, but remains lost in the shadows of history. On her 27th death anniversary, looking back at the life of Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay and the nationalist, feminist and socialist ideas she upheld.

The Ghazi of Peace
Sat, Oct 10, 2015

Shahid Amin, one of India’s most creative and learned historians, explores Indian syncretism through the legend of an 11th century warrior-saint.

Book Review – The Raj At War: A People’s History of India’s Second World War
Sat, Aug 29, 2015

Rich in detail, Yasmin Khan’s history paves the way for a more complex understanding of WWII as India’s war.

Superpower’s superbomb
Sat, Aug 08, 2015

Seven decades after Hiroshima, probing fundamental questions of US history still seems off limits in America

Book review The Song of the Spirit: Cheap Clothes Across Continents and Centuries
Tue, Oct 21, 2014

A cut-price meridian of exploitation connects 19th century Manchester with 21st century Dhaka.

Two cheers for Scottish independence
Fri, Sep 19, 2014

Scotland’s priorities, argue the proponents of independence, are poorly reflected in the constitution of the British government.