Wednesday, 30 November, 2022
TopicBritish Empire

Topic: British Empire

New book explores role played by Indian soldiers in expansion & also downfall of British empire

An online book discussion on Ravindra Rathee's book ‘True to Their Salt', published by HarperCollins, will be take place on 7 October on ThePrint's Softcover.

‘Casting the British as villains to make up heroic stories’ — Cambridge professor’s take on RRR

In scathing review published in The Spectator, Robert Tombs writes that the film ‘doesn’t record nastiness of 1920s British rule, but does reflect growing nastiness of today’s India’.

Surya Sen — Chittagong’s ‘Master da’ who led the raid that broke the ‘armed might’ of British

Surya Sen believed in the power of armed rebellion. The 1930 Chittagong raids that he led were aimed at demonstrating the British weren't invincible.

A British scientist’s quest to scientifically explain the ‘mythical powers of the Ganges’

In 'Invisible Empire: The Natural History of Viruses’, Pranay Lal tells the story of viruses as major actors across human civilisation.

No Gandhi means no Savarkar. Mercy plea debate just a way to instal him as New India’s father

The historian as judge-referee looking to ‘settle’ the question of Gandhi allegedly urging Savarkar to file mercy petitions is doomed to fail, and not due to lack of evidence.

When India sent scores of prisoners to Iraq as sweepers during World War I

In ‘The Coolie’s Great War’, Radhika Singha writes about the British recruiting Indian prisoners and ‘criminal tribes’ to do menial jobs in Mesopotamia.

Mysore’s chief engineer built a dam long before Nehru wanted a modern ‘temple’ in India

The Krishna Raja Sagara Dam project was politically & financially overwhelming. Visvesvaraya once threatened to quit if the Maharaja of Mysore didn't approve it.

Now online — where to find rare journals and articles from British-ruled India

A newly launched database of journals & articles from 1837-1947 seeks to connect history buffs with op-eds from India’s colonial past.

Historian wants to change how school children are taught British empire

Black history is British history too, notes historian Jeremy Corbyn, and should be part of curriculum.

On Camera

YourTurn

A group picture of Supreme court judges at Supreme Court in New Delhi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Ambedkar rejected collegium system, said CJI supremacy on judges’ appointment is dangerous

In May 1949, the Constituent Assembly debated the Collegium system, only to reject it thrice. Now the SC is assuming that role once again.
A computer shop in Bengaluru | Representational image | Facebook

India’s laptop imports surged to $5 bn in first 9 months of 2022. Nearly 73% came from China

Since 2017, China has accounted for around 75 per cent of India’s laptop imports, but the government is now expanding its list of importing partners.

Defence

A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.