Monday, 24 January, 2022

Topic: Akbar

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.

Kashmir, Bengal, Malwa: Akbar justified invasions by claiming he was freeing people

Akbar’s chroniclers wrote that the Mughal emperor felt preservation of the condition of the subjects of a region was his moral obligation as a just ruler.

The Indian political leaders of today who come closest to Akbar, Ghiyasuddin, Aurangzeb

Akbar was unconventional, Ghiyasuddin believed in the divine right of kingship and Aurangzeb was a darling of the orthodox.

BJP wants to erase Mughal emperor Akbar’s legacy, but its MP models himself on him

A video listing achievements of BJP MP Nishikant Dubey indirectly portrays him as Akbar with the song Azeem-o-Shaan Shehenshaah playing in the background.

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Liberals mourning India Gate flame must also recall some dark aspects of the colonial Army

The moving of the flame seems, to some, as part of an ongoing extinguishing of the Indian Army’s heritage of secularism, decency and righteousness.

South-East Asia’s SMEs are underperforming. Their ‘digital revolution’ depends on fintech

Digitisation of South-East Asia's economy during the pandemic is uneven. The growth in digital services has favoured individual consumers, not SMEs.


File photo of Scorpene-class submarine 'INS Vela', at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai | ANI

Kamov choppers, submarine torpedoes among deals defence ministry will review this week

Ministry is reviewing all procurement under the ‘Buy (Global)’ category, under which equipment is bought directly from foreign manufacturers, amid govt's 'Atmanirbhar' push.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.