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As the locusts fly in, memories, and fears, of a recurring ‘plague’

May 29, 2020 8:45:39 am

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.

Chinhat, Aarah and Bareilly: The lesser-known battles of 1857

May 25, 2020 1:43:15 pm

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.

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Mapping the history of Kalapani dispute between India and Nepal

May 27, 2020 8:05:18 am

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.

How smallpox cleared the way for European occupation of the Americas

May 20, 2020 9:35:01 am

Smallpox, measles, malaria, yellow fever, typhoid, typhus, and the venereal diseases were among those that were introduced by the European settlers. For native Americans, these were new and terrifying experiences.

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Suits of Sickness: How pandemics afflicted fashion over the centuries

May 18, 2020 8:04:06 am

As the world struggles to cope with Covid-19, masks have been added to most wardrobes. For centuries now, people have tweaked wardrobes to cope with illness and infections, from headdress to hems to shoes.

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Sambhaji Maharaj: Chhatrapati Shivaji’s son whose valour spurred the Marathas

May 14, 2020 3:46:06 pm

Sambhaji Maharaj Jayanti 2020: In his short rule spanning nine years, Sambhaji gained recognition for his valour and patriotism. He continues to be celebrated, particularly in Maharashtra, as the ruler who chose death over conversion.

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Black Death: How Jews were blamed for the plague and massacred

May 17, 2020 10:37:19 am

What was a medical phenomenon soon turned into a socio-political one, with many chroniclers struggling to decide if more Jews died due to the plague or the persecutions against them.

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Viral vessels: Five ships that carried disease

May 11, 2020 2:55:32 pm

There was a time when the arrival of a ship from parts of the world infected with disease was treated as being on par with the arrival of an invading army at the gates.

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Malik Ambar: The African slave who built Aurangabad and ruined the game for Mughals in the Deccan

May 15, 2020 8:29:24 am

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.

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Black death: The great plague that killed millions, and feudalism

May 8, 2020 11:40:39 am

In Europe though, the catastrophic plague eventually played out to be a boon for some -- the serfs who were legally committed to providing labour to landlords in exchange for allowing them to live and work in their lands.

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The first plague in history ended the Byzantine empire, was considered an act of God

May 8, 2020 11:44:13 am

The plague “would mark the end of one world, and the beginning of another. Along the way, it would consume at least 25 million human lives.”

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The Real Prince of Awadh

January 4, 2020 10:36:20 pm

Following up on The New York Times article on the imposters who called themselves the descendants of Wajid Ali Shah, we trace the last prince of Awadh and the story of a family that settled in Kolkata after decades on the move.

Ajanta’s Roman connection: How trade with the Empire made India rich

November 25, 2019 5:55:39 am

For World Heritage Week, heritage preservation organisations Pradaya and Pathil organised lectures on ‘trade in ancient Maharashtra’ on November 21 and invited Anand Kanitkar to speak about ancient Indo-Roman Trade and trade routes, at 90 One Art Gallery in the city.

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In West Bengal, some villages celebrate Independence Day after August 15; here’s why

August 16, 2019 6:57:58 am

The village of Ratua in the district of Malda and the village of Balurghat in Dakshin Dinajpur district are two other towns that celebrate independence day after August 15.

Why a Tunisian rap song that triggered Arab Spring has suddenly become relevant again

August 2, 2019 6:55:49 am

A month before the Tunisian Revolution began, Tunisian rapper Hamada Ben Amor, who performs under the name of El Général, released a political rap song called 'Rais Lebled' in December 2010.

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Mahesh’s Rath Yatra: 623 years of history and an iron chariot

July 4, 2019 7:05:41 pm

Referred to as ‘Naba Nilachal’, meaning new Puri, and considered to be the second oldest chariot festival in the world, Mahesh draws a gathering of over two lakh devotees every year.

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East or west, ilish is the best

May 31, 2019 12:46:02 pm

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

May 29, 2019 4:50:06 pm

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.

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

May 29, 2019 8:51:02 am

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.

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

May 27, 2019 6:50:26 pm

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.