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East or west, ilish is the best

Bengali’s love for fish has been a common factor that links the two sides of the border regardless of religion, caste or creed. However, when Sir Radcliffe drew the line of partition between the two Bengals, he also divided the rivers between the two sides.

Rashtrapati Bhavan: Witness to many a historic event

The Rashtrapati Bhavan has hosted the investiture ceremonies of defence personnel, swearing-in ceremonies of leaders, been witness to the signing of historic pacts and treaties with various countries, and has heard the speeches of several world leaders.

How photography in India developed from being an instrument of control by British

Art historian Diva Gujral and art curator Nathaniel Gaskell trace the long history of photographs in India from the time they were clicked by Europeans hungry to understand an alien race, to the way they tell the story of 21st century India.

Through personal memories, a journey into Maharashtra’s forgotten Brahmin Christians

Historian Deepra Dandekar’s recent book, “The subedar’s son: A narrative of Brahmin Christian conversion in nineteenth century Maharasthra”, explores the experience of Christian conversions among Brahmins.

Gandhis in Amethi: From Sanjay to Rahul, the story of a pocket borough

Amethi’s first tryst with the Nehru-Gandhi family happened in 1980 when Sanjay Gandhi won the seat. In the next three decades, the constituency changed hands across three other members of the family.

Unnamed voters, Ambedkar’s defeat and global praise; the trials and tribulations of India’s first general elections

The general outlines of the electoral system had been laid down by years of practice under the British. Therefore, not much time was spent in Parliament debating the type of electoral system. Rather, it was the vastness of the undertaking that was a challenge to the Election Commission.

Nathuram Godse’s journey… till he shot Mahatma Gandhi

Nathuram Godse shot Mahatma Gandhi on January 30, 1948. Here is his journey from a small town in Maharashtra to becoming the man who killed the 'Father of the Nation

‘Saraswati is the most revered deity in Japan, after the Buddha’: Filmmaker Benoy Behl

Interestingly, the cultural exchange of religious traditions in Japan did not just result in a strong sense of reverence towards the Buddha and his doctrines, but is also visible in the large range of Hindu deities who are actively worshipped in Japanese culture.

‘Most damaging effect of majoritarianism on India’s polarised democracy is undermining of the rule of law’

In their recent book, anthropologists Angana P. Chatterji, Thomas Blom Hansen along with political scientist Christophe Jaffrelot make an elaborate analysis of the socio-cultural and political changes that India is witnessing post the BJP’s sweeping victory in 2014.

C R Park traders fish for memories as markets turn cosmopolitan

The uniqueness of the four markets that cropped up in the Bengali enclave back in the 1970s lies not just in the vast variety of food products they serve, but also in the special fabric of social relationships they gave birth to.

Thailand King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s coronation puts spotlight on ceremony’s Indian roots

Adulyadej passed away in 2016 at the age of 88, after having ruled for seven decades. Upon his death, the throne was inherited by Maha Vajiralongkorn, also known as Rama X, who had requested for some time to mourn his father’s death before taking over the kingdom symbolically.

May Day special: When a Bengali revolutionary founded the Mexican Communist Party

M N Roy, who left India during this period to raise funds, soon found himself intimately involved in the growing Communist struggle across the world.