Monday, 27 June, 2022
TopicBritish rule

Topic: British rule

UP Police’s brutality shows Indian law enforcement remains true to its colonial heritage

The 1923 Goondas Act, which laid the foundation for legislation like the UP Gangsters Act, established a principle: No crime needs to be committed for punishment.

How a brutal murder in 1852 convinced the British to make India’s Hijra community ‘extinct’

In ‘Governing Gender and Sexuality in Colonial India’, Jessica Hinchy writes the first book-length history of the Hijra community.

Once a hunting lodge, part of iconic 1878 Secunderabad Club lost in ashes

While no casualties were reported, the ‘Colonnade Bar’, billiards room, a ballroom, main reception and a staircase of the 144-year-old British-era establishment were damaged.

Secret tunnel leading to Red Fort discovered at Delhi Legislative Assembly

Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel said the tunnel was used by Britishers to move freedom fighters but the underground paths have been destroyed due to metro & sewer installations.

When it comes to British rule, rich, powerful Indians were complicit every step of the way

In ‘Peace, Poverty and Betrayal’, Roderick Matthews writes that the initial strategy of the British in India was ‘oblige and rule’.

British rulers had a class system for Indian mental asylums — pauper and rich

In ‘Curing Madness?’, Shilpi Rajpal writes that the Indian Lunacy Act of 1858 made a distinction between psychiatry for the rich and for the poor.

British govt to Modi govt — How Kumbh Mela has been organised through epidemics

This year’s Kumbh Mela takes place amid fears that a massive gathering like this could turn out to be a Covid-19 super-spreader event.

What made Hindu and Muslim women take up prostitution? The British really wanted to know

In ‘Indian Sex Life’, Durba Mitra traces the colonial origins of modern thought and how women’s sexuality was seen as a space for state intervention.

Liquidate Lutyens’ Delhi. Give the immense wealth locked up there back to Covid-hit Indians

How much do Indians pay for the netas and babus who rule over them? A conservative estimate of the land value of Lutyens’ Delhi is around Rs 5 lakh crore.

Are communal riots a new thing in India? Yes, and it started with the British

Delhi riots have brought back the 200-year old debate – did Hindus and Muslims live peacefully in India before British or was there always communal violence?

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Does breaking up big states boost economy? Data doesn’t back up hype, says Indian study

The study by researchers at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research looked at economic impact of reorganising Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Bihar in the year 2000.

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Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.
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