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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.

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

May 23, 2019 6:39:27 pm

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.

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

May 23, 2019 11:06:52 am

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.

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Nathuram Godse’s journey… till he shot Mahatma Gandhi

May 17, 2019 10:39:30 pm

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

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

May 11, 2019 9:41:51 pm

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.

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

May 9, 2019 4:10:57 pm

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

May 5, 2019 8:45:40 pm

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 outs spotlight on Indian aspects of ceremony

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

May 5, 2019 7:59:15 am

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.

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

May 1, 2019 2:29:00 pm

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.