Sunday, 4 December, 2022
TopicHistory

Topic: History

Sufism isn’t the peaceful Islamic sect you think it is. It grew behind the shadows of swords

Sufis ventured into only those territories where Islamic power was already established—they flourished under the shadow of emperors’ swords.

Aibak, Akbar, Aurangzeb—the Gyanvapi divide & why a controversial mosque has a Sanskrit name

Though the temple and mosque abut each other, their entry and exits differ. Their history is as complex as the ‘sacred landscape’ that is Varanasi.

Delhi’s ‘founder-king’ Anangpal at heart of Monuments Authority’s bid to ‘decolonise history’

Central body's efforts are aimed at shedding light on capital's 'Hindu-Sikh history overshadowed by Islamic invasions & British prejudices'. Similar projects are on across states.

Delhi University at 100: Staging ground of history, scholarly success & coffee-shop romances

Delhi University marks its centenary in May 2022. One of 40 central universities, DU is a big draw for students from across India & is counted as one of its premier institutions.

From Raj era to Pakistan wars & Kashmir — 4 Rajputana Rifles marks 200 years after Covid delay

4 Rajputana Rifles completed 200 years in 2020. Over its history, 4 Raj Rif’s designation has changed 10 times, besides 13 changes to its regimental crest.

Anandi Gopal Joshi — the first Indian woman to study western medicine, sponsored by Tilak

Anandi Joshi wanted to work for women 'who would rather die than accept at the hands of a male physician.' She got letters from Queen Victoria & Tilak.

Indian history without the Deccan is like European history minus France

In ‘Lords of the Deccan’, Anirudh Kanisetti writes that India was not about Gupta empire and Mughal rule only.

Madapati Hanumantha Rao, Hyderabad’s first mayor who led the renaissance of Telugu

The ‘Andhra Pitamaha’ was the first Telugu person to receive the Padma Bhushan. His legacy to 'enlighten' the masses lives on in Hyderabad.

China now loves archeology. It has more to do with politics than excavations

Xi Jinping’s new Silk Road is being established through excavations as well. China wants to prove the reach of its history – from Tibet to Central Asia.

Sufi mystics from 1370s changed Kashmir’s identity. But orthodoxy of 1970s is the challenge

In 'Kashmir at the Crossroads: Inside a 21st-Century Conflict' scholar Sumantra Bose presents an authoritative account of the Kashmir conflict.

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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.

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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.