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Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers an address on the occasion of Buddha Purnima Thursday | Photo: ANI

Modi is sailing smooth now, but history won’t be kind to him

Modi may continue to win elections for a while, but what will he really be remembered for in the long run, besides his amazing ability to command votes?
A statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji | Commons

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, who championed a ‘Hindavi Swarajya’, wasn’t against Islam

On his 340th death anniversary, a look at Shivaji's relationship with Islam & Muslims while he built a Maratha empire that extended from Pakistan to Tamil Nadu.
Maharana Sangram Singh Riding a Prize Stallion | 1712 | The Met Museum

Art to sacrifices: How the horse became important in 18th century India

Horses in the 18th century even had their own portraits and manuals. This was also the time the Mughal empire was declining.
Sharad Pawar and Amit Shah

Not Amit Shah nor Pawar, history’s Chanakya was more than just an Indian Machiavelli

Chanakya was remodelled as an Indian Machiavelli by Europeans and nationalist historians. But in history, we find three Chanakyas.
A regional library in Bengal | Photo: Nidhi Shukla

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.

Scientists have found East Asian Monsoon is over 145 million yrs old, predates Himalayas

Earlier, the general consensus was that monsoon came into being around 23 million years ago.
The day Kashmir acceded to India in 1947 | Commons

How, on this day 72 years ago, Jammu & Kashmir agreed to become a part of India

Maharaja Hari Singh of Jammu & Kashmir signed the Instrument of Accession on 26 October 1947, in the midst of a tribal invasion supported by Pakistan.
File photo of Amitav Ghosh | Commons

Amitav Ghosh takes to Twitter to highlight why East India Company never went after Nepal

Author Amitav Ghosh, who has extensively explored the history of the subcontinent, points out that there is still Eurocentrism in the study of the subject.
A furnished bedroom

Your bed was not always the private space it now is

Before the 19th century, regular families crammed into beds, and sometimes kings used beds for official work.

East India Company sent a diplomat to Jahangir & all the Mughal Emperor cared about was beer

Jahangir had four million armed men under him and a vast empire, talking about trade with an English diplomat bored him greatly.

On Camera

US ban on Chinese ownership of TikTok does no favours for Facebook, Google

By citing data privacy and foreign influence to justify its restrictions, the US has thrown a spotlight on issues that Silicon Valley’s social media giants have kept in the shadows.
Customers talk on mobile phones outside a Vodafone India Ltd. store | ThePrint,in

Vodafone Idea posts eighth straight loss, loses more subscribers

Vodafone Idea has so far failed to win better payment terms from the govt on the money it owes. Its net debt was Rs 1.2 lakh crore as of the quarter ended June.

Defence

Representational image of military equipment in Ladakh | Photo: ANI

Document saying sensitive Ladakh standoff likely to be prolonged removed from MoD website

In the official document, now taken down from its website, defence ministry also said Chinese aggression increasing along LAC and 'more particularly' in Galwan valley since 5 May.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.