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Akshay Kumar in a still from 'Kesari' based on the battle of Saragarhi | KesariFilm/Facebook

Battle of Saragarhi has become a symbol of valour, but Battle of Koregaon has no takers

Battle of Saragarhi and Battle of Koregaon Bhima both had Indian soldiers fighting for the British, but only one got a mainstream Bollywood film.
The Mahar Regiment with Dr B. R. Ambedkar

Indian Army’s Mahar regiment: Home to two army chiefs and a Param Vir Chakra

The Mahar regiment has had a circuitous journey — from serving the British during the Anglo-Maratha wars to its distinguished service post-Independence. At the centre of the Dalit-upper caste violence in Maharashtra is the celebration of the 200-year-old battle of Bhima-Koregaon, where Mahar Dalit troops serving the British defeated the troops of the Brahmin Peshwas. But even today, 'Mahar' is a key component of the Indian Army — since Independence, it is the name of a regiment that has produced two Army chiefs, won several battle honours, and has to its credit the nation’s highest gallantry award, the Param Vir Chakra. One of first few regiments to have soldiers from different areas like Maharashtra, Gujarat and Odisha, the modern Mahar regiment went through a series of highs and lows before Independence, before emerging as a 19 battalion-strong force that has seen action in all theatres and given a good account of itself. With its...
Bhima-Koregaon Victory Pillar

By celebrating Koregaon battle, Dalits are saying we aren’t a polite, manageable community

The Koregaon celebration by Dalits questions the dominant notion of nation and nationalism. This is making upper caste groups anxious, and they are calling it “anti-national”.

On Camera

A house marked in Delhi during coronavirus pandemic | Twitter

Marking Covid-19 patients should not leave a social mark in India

The act of marking carries historical baggage. If India wants to mark those infected with coronavirus, it must think of sensible ways that don’t outlive the crisis.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Ramayan on DD: Best way to keep India’s elderly indoors or show the young TV beyond Netflix?

Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, which was a rage in the late 1980s, has made a comeback at a time when the 21-day lockdown has forced people indoors.

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Indian Army (representational image) | Photo: PTI

Soldiers failing to disclose Covid-19 information will invite action under Army Act

Army advisory says not disclosing Covid-19 symptoms, travel details or contact with suspected patient will be treated as 'willful concealment' & breach of discipline.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.