Then, as today, an intense debate had ensued over the utility and convenience of wearing masks. Citizens neglected the ordinance, showed defiance, and some also organised protests.
While the President disregarded the advice of the prime minister and went ahead with the inauguration ceremony, he was sure to emphasise on the Gandhian ideal of inter-faith harmony in his speech at Somnath
Newer scholarship has shown that even though Sanskrit did indeed share a common ancestral homeland with European and Iranian languages, it had also borrowed quite a bit from pre-existing Indian languages in India.
In an attempt to celebrate the remarkable cultural interchanges in creolised cultures, through discussions and performances, Ananya Jahanara Kabir and Ari Gautier have launched an online initiative, ‘Le thinnai kreyol’.
Sociologists agree that the arranged marriage system is drawn from the idea of maintaining caste purity. At the same time, the concept of arranged marriage was also deeply rooted in political and economic necessities.
"Tablighi Jamaat congregation followed rules… till its first suspected Covid-19 case," says Ziya Us Salam.
Though there are quite a few mosques and other architectural gems built by Mughal women dotting the landscape of Shahjahanabad, the Masjid Mubarak Begum is the only one that boasts to have been created by the Indian ‘begum’ of a British Resident.
The Greek philosopher Aristotle believed that comets could be used to forecast draught, earthquakes, and prodigious rains.
The Black Lives Matter movement, which completes seven years this July, needs to be understood as the continuation of a long journey of fervent struggles that the Black community has undertaken in the USA.
We have witnessed Muslim women across strata making their voices heard, asserting their presence in public, and defining their own political identity in the last few months. Hindi films though have largely chosen to be patronising and alienating in their depictions.
Researchers say the discovery of the cross established important information on the presence of Christianity in northern Pakistan, before the advent of the colonial forces.
The most far-reaching impact of the plague was upon the political atmosphere of the country. It had also become a pretext for an assault on the rising political consciousness among Indians in the early 20th century.
India played a unique role throughout the Korean War, having no specific geo-political interests in the Korean Peninsula and maintaining a neutral position before and during the war years, yet believing in the reunification of the peninsula.
Daulat Beg Oldie is a name hard to forget. A quick examination of the etymology reveals the rather exotic origins of the name, translated from Turkic as ‘the spot where the rich man died’.
It was the first time that Ethiopia had been involved in a war outside the African continent. A closer look at Ethiopia's history during and after the Second World War shows why the country became involved in an unrelated war so far away.
Resorting to faith in times of distress has been an inherent human reaction since the beginning of civilisation. In India worship of Goddess Hariti, Sitala, Ola Bibi has been prevalent to ward off diseases.
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.
Author William Dalrymple explains no one in the 18th century would have dreamt of putting up a statue for Robert Clive; the idea came up only in the early 1900s
Indian Civil Service officer Charles Walter Rand felt the need for strong measures to "stamp out plague from Poona" and deployed the military to search infected persons. Soon, reports and rumours of harassment of locals - especially of Indian women - at the hands of British soldiers started emerging from the city.
Several nomenclatures have been applied across different points in time, and from multiple socio-political points of view, to describe the geographical entity or parts of it that we now know as India.
The My Son temple complex where the Shiv lingam has been discovered, is one among the many archaeological remnants in Southeast Asia that are testimony to the strong cultural, linguistic, and religious links that have existed with India since the beginning of the Christian era.
In an interview with Adrija Roychowdhury, authors Ziya Us Salam and Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz elaborate how madrasas have forgotten their golden past and reduced themselves to producing first generation learners
For those of an older generation, sights of locusts brought back memories of a time when they were a frequent feature in India, feared immensely in villages as the harbinger of destruction, and newspapers carried vivid accounts of their plague-like presence.
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.
The issue in itself goes back to the early 19th century, when the British ruled India and Nepal was a conglomeration of small kingdoms under the reign of King Prithvi Narayan Shah.
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