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‘We are more, we are equal’: Story of Syed Mahmood, colonial India’s first Muslim HC judge

In ‘Syed Mahmood: Colonial India’s Dissenting Judge’, Mohammad Nasir and Samreen Ahmed chronicle how India’s first Muslim judge left an Eastern mark on the Western world.

‘Not all inheritances from Partition are traumatic.’ Some stories are ‘celebrations’ too

Author-historian Aanchal Malhotra's 'In the Language of Remembering' explores the legacy of Partition within Indian families today.

Senior watching, Kargil hero Anuj Nayyar stuffed his bag with grenades and said ‘thoda aur’

In 'The Tiger of Drass', Meena Nayyar and Himmat Singh Shekhawat chronicle the story of Kargil hero and Maha Vir Chakra winner Capt. Anuj Nayyar.

Akbar’s Rajput wife was Harkha, not Jodha Bai. But chronicles say nothing about ‘love’

In ‘Akbar of Hindustan’, Parvati Sharma writes that the fact of a Rajput bride entering the Mughal dynasty is remarkable perhaps only in retrospect.

How Xi Jinping’s ‘mole hunt’ led to CIA losing dozens of Chinese informants

In ‘Chinese Spies’, Roger Faligot writes about Chinese intelligence services that now rival CIA, Mossad, R&AW, DGSE, and MI6.

Even Usain Bolt can’t match the speed of Army cadets’ daily duties at Indian Military Academy

In 'The Force Behind the Forces', Swapnil Pandey shows why she thinks the Indian military is the best in the world.

‘Hullabol’ movement that liberated Azad Nagar’s Kol tribe from modern slavery in UP

In ‘Azad Nagar’, Laura T. Murphy embarks on a retelling of a complex murder story that captures why slavery continues to exist in the 21st century.

Corporate wars are common in India’s oil sector. But it all started with govt, ONGC, OIL

In ‘Unfilled Barrels’, journalist Richa Mishra recounts India's upstream journey in the oil sector from KD Malaviya to ONGC.

Bombay was microcosm of post-Partition India. Now it’s for ‘Mumbaikars’, rest are outsiders

In 'A Clown for God, A Clown for Others: Recollections of an Indian Jesuit', Rudolf Heredia talks about how Mumbai changed through his eyes.

‘No one wants to be the last man to die’ — What happened on final day of 1971 Bangladesh War

In ‘December in Dacca’, KS Nair writes about 15 December 1971, when the end of the war was in sight, but by no means certain.

On Camera


Title scene of Taarak Mehta ka ooltah chashmah.

Dear Taarak Mehta, you were our peak comfort content for 14 years. Now it’s time to retire

Just like the Truman Show, all Taarak Mehta plots somehow feel the same for the past few years. It's fine to accept that ideas can go stale.
Representational image of bottles of cooking oil at a store on the outskirts of New Delhi | Bloomberg

Why is your tadka getting more & more expensive? Blame India’s reliance on edible oil imports

Indians spending 14% more on edible oil compared to last year. Experts expect a cooldown if no shocks prevail, government says ‘situation under control’.


File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

India to ink ‘repeat order’ deal for 73,000 SiG 716 rifles from the US

In February 2019, 72,400 SiG 716 rifles of 7.62 x 51mm calibre were contracted from SIG Sauer Inc, USA, under government's 'Buy (Global) category', through fast track procedure.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.