Sunday, 4 December, 2022
TopicBritish India

Topic: British India

‘Not slaves but no better off’ — why govt wants ‘girmitiya’ labourers’ story taught in schools

Indentured labourers, or ‘girmitiyas’, were transported from British India to work on plantations in far-off countries that are now home to large ethnic Indian populations.

Indian biscuit company that made migration of the Sindhi population to Gwalior possible

In ‘Branded in History’, Ramya Ramamurthy explores how colonial Indian brands — both home-grown and foreign — were produced, distributed and marketed.

Chinese foreign ministry blames Britain and its ‘bloody colonial past’ for Kashmir crisis

Quoting a Xinhua report, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lijian Zhao said 'Britain can never clean itself from its bloody colonial past as long as the bloodshed in Kashmir continues'.

British MPs seeking human rights clause for trade must know India can find new markets in EU

For the UK to retain the large share of India’s trade with EU, a new deal has to be signed. But the MPs’ demand to include a 'human rights' clause is like waving a red flag to the bull.

Dadabhai Naoroji believed the Indian civil service was the reason for India’s poverty

In Naoroji, Dinyar Patel writes about the Parsi politician’s theory of how a lack of Indians in the administrative corps caused Indian impoverishment.

Raja Ram Mohan Roy, the polyglot reformist, journalist and educationist

Roy’s historic letter to Lord Amherst in 1823 marked the beginning of modern English education in India.

Edwin Lutyens’ Delhi is unique. India’s political class must not tamper with it

Lutyens’ Delhi is inhabited mostly by politicians and civil servants. They are the birds of passage who have no long-term interest in retaining it.

Not just April Fool’s, 1 April is the day measurements became simple for India

1 April 2019 marks 62 years since India accepted the 100-paise-to-a-rupee formula, or the 'decimal coinage system'.

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.

50 years before 1857, a mutiny on this day shook British rule in India

Today is the anniversary of the first sepoy mutiny that took place more than 50 years before 1857 rebellion.

On Camera

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51 cow universities, old pension scheme, jobs — what RSS affiliates want from 2023 Budget

Welfare schemes and ‘self-reliance’ figure high on Sangh organisations’ wishlists for finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the Budget, which she will present on 1 February.

Defence

Navy chief Admiral Hari Kumar addressing a press conference on the eve of Navy Day | ANI

Indian Navy puts on hold plans to build IAC 2, but is considering repeat order of Vikrant

At his annual press conference, Navy chief Admiral Hari Kumar also said they'll soon take a call on whether they'll go in for marine version of Rafale fighters or F/A 18 Super Hornets.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Gujarat election is anything but dull. BJP’s political neurosis about AAP is the hidden headline

Gujarat is the only state where Modi is directly in contention. Even if he wins, the team that runs him closest has much to gain.