Saturday, 20 August, 2022

Topic: Akbar

Aibak, Akbar, Aurangzeb—the Gyanvapi divide & why a controversial mosque has a Sanskrit name

Though the temple and mosque abut each other, their entry and exits differ. Their history is as complex as the ‘sacred landscape’ that is Varanasi.

End ‘Mughal-era slavery’, rename Tughlaq, Akbar road and other lanes: Delhi BJP chief to NDMC

In letter to New Delhi Municipal Council, Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta demands these roads be renamed after Guru Gobind Singh, Maharana Pratap, Dr Kalam & Gen. Rawat.

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.

ASI to remove plaques that state Maharana Pratap retreated from Haldi Ghati battle

MoS Arjun Ram Meghwal said orders have been issued to remove existing plaques and new ones will be put up with certified information.

Why Battle of Haldighati between Maharana Pratap and Akbar is controversial 445 years later

Rajput organisations are demanding the removal of a plaque by ASI that states Maharana Pratap retreated in the Battle of Haldighati that took place on 18 June 1576.

Not all women made it to Mughal portraits, but a royal advisor and owner of a library did

In ‘Reflections on Mughal Art and Culture’, Mika Natif writes that illustration of Mughal women in court histories like Akbarnama was no different from that of Mughal men.

Yogi Adityanath’s anti-Mughal stand has reasons. Akbar identified himself as a ghazi

Yogi Adityanath’s decision to name a proposed Mughal museum after Shivaji is a step to ensure that the tale of hunt is also written by those who were hunted.

Hussain Shahis’ Krishna Bhakti, Mughals’ Mathura link — lesser-known facts about Muslim rulers

After the Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan, Right-wing commenters have claimed that 'rebuilding is a civilisational responsibility Indians owe to their ancestors'. This can't be more anachronistic.

Nameless road in Bengaluru becomes ‘Birbal’, corporator says courtier needs to be celebrated

Domlur Corporator C.R. Lakshminarayan says the legendary courtier should be given more recognition than just being mentioned in books.

When Birbal died, something broke inside Akbar

In Akbar: The Great Mughal, Ira Mukhoty traces the friendship between Akbar and his courtier Birbal, which survived to become stories for generations.

On Camera


Sir Ganga Ram hospital Consultants, Residents and DNB students hold placards during a protest in New Delhi, on 30 December 2021 | PTI

Distrust of Indian doctors isn’t new. Class-caste bias always ruled medical profession

As a practising doctor, I discovered large question marks on claims of a trustful patient-doctor relationship in the past. The routine dehumanisation of underprivileged patients remains a rarely mentioned topic.
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.


Representational image. A file photo of an Indian Air Force Cheetah helicopter. | Photo: Commons

IAF operation underway to rescue Italian mountaineer stranded on Mount Nun in Ladakh

The IAF deployed its ‘Cheetah’ helicopter to rescue mountaineer Federico Nicoli. Mount Nun is the second highest peak in the Zanskar Valley of Ladakh.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.