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The battle of Kurukshetra in Mahabharata | Commons

How three texts reclaimed Mahabharata for India’s 21st-century avatar

A three-pronged scholarship is according the Mahabharata its rightful place, cleaning it of colonial contaminations, bringing India’s definitive text back to the people of India.
Holi being played in Mathura (representational image) |PTI

Holi harmony is not for everyone. Archives show how some castes were kept out

Men have been killed, women assaulted, and villages razed during Holi festivities.
A member of the border security force guards the Babri Masjid |Robert Nickelsberg/Liaison

Historical texts prove that a temple was destroyed in Ayodhya to build the Babri Masjid

The Ayodhya dispute existed right from the day the mandir was destroyed and its materials reused to build a mosque.
Bullet marks seen at Jallianwala Bagh | Flickr

The BJP can’t remove Congress from India’s history or from the Jallianwala Bagh trust

Removal of the Congress president from Jallianwala Bagh trust is part of a larger trend of the ruling party’s attempts to distort history and mythicise lies.
The team at the petroglyph site | Murugeshi Taruvekere

Stone Age rock art site discovered in Karnataka’s Udupi

The petroglyphs, giant images carved on rock by chipping away parts of it, could date to between 10000 BCE and 3000 BCE, falling right in the middle part of India's Stone Age period.
Ankita Lokhande as Jhalkaribai in the film 'Manikarnika' |ManikarnikaFilm/Facebook

Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika fails Dalit warrior Jhalkaribai with 5 min role and ‘item’ song

So fleeting is Jhalkaribai’s mention in Manikarnika that if you are distracted even for a minute, you may miss her.
L-R: Sita in exile (Raja Ravi Verma) Ordeal of Queen Draupadi (Warivick Goble) and Nurjahan | Commons

Our daughters will see Sita as a single mother and Draupadi as a #Metoo warrior

A new generation of women writers are retelling the stories of women in history and mythology.
Constitution of India

India’s founders gave us our Constitution. We must prove to them that we can keep it

Indian Constitution is the sole flower in South Asia’s constitutional graveyard.
An engraving of Tipu Sultan by W. Ridley, published in European Magazine, 1800 | Getty

BJP and Congress use Tipu Sultan for politics but are shockingly ignorant of his history

Tipu Sultan is simply another useful historical figure onto whom contemporary political prejudices can be projected.
Audrey Truschke

Aurangzeb protected more Hindu temples than he destroyed, says historian Audrey Truschke

Controversial Indologist Audrey Truschke says that many Hindutvawadis feel genuinely injured today by Aurangzeb's very existence and what they believe he did in the past.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOS43zILE8w Video produced by Sajid Ali

On Camera

IAS poll observer: With Modi breaking rules, should EC give him special security treatment?

The Election Commission has suspended an IAS officer who had inspected PM Narendra Modi’s chopper in Odisha’s Sambalpur Tuesday.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
National interest

Imran Khan’s ‘support’ for Modi shows BJP has walked into its own Pakistan trap

Modi & the BJP hope to return to power by exploiting the fear of Pakistan. Imran Khan has turned the tables and become a factor dividing Indian public opinion.