Monday, 3 October, 2022
TopicIndian history

Topic: Indian history

Nehru was too modern for India. He suffered from a ‘cultural homelessness’

In ‘Nehru and The Spirit of India', Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee offers an original perspective on Nehru and Indian history—a ‘minoritarian’ approach.

West didn’t ignore its past. India did, and it landed us with Ayodhya, Gyanvapi

Instead of dismissing the new investigation of history in Narendra Modi’s India as a biased project, it’s time we faced our past as it was.

Was there a Mughal bias in Indian history textbooks? Yes, but not a Muslim one

In most standard textbooks, the story of the Delhi Sultanate is accorded primacy as the ‘main’ narrative while parallel empires in the south and east are categorised as ‘regional’ kingdoms.

Prithviraj Chauhan was a great Hindu ruler, but was he India’s last? Historians answer

Akshay Kumar’s film claims Samrat Prithviraj was India’s last Hindu king. But where does that leave Krishnadevaraya, Shivaji and Hemu?

Samrat Prithviraj is so focused on Muslim invaders that it forgets the king himself

Every recent Akshay Kumar film has been the same but in different outfits. The business strategy of selling nationalism probably needs revision.

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.

‘Not all inheritances from Partition are traumatic.’ Some stories are ‘celebrations’ too

Author-historian Aanchal Malhotra's 'In the Language of Remembering' explores the legacy of Partition within Indian families today.

In Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Gandhi saw the joy of Ganga. For Jinnah, he was an ‘inspiration’

Gandhi described his interaction with Gokhale as ‘embracing the Ganges,’ while Jinnah wanted only to emulate him and become a ‘Muslim Gokhale.’

Delhi was ‘Dhillikapuri’, Qutub Minar was Sun pillar — pro-Hindutva press on capital’s Hindu past

ThePrint’s round-up of how pro-Hindutva media covered and commented on news and topical issues over the past few days.

Bankim Chandra Chatterjee gave India the means to express itself. Sri Aurobindo echoed him

Sri Aurobindo had said Bankim’s life was a parcel of the 'most splendid epoch in Bengali history.' Anandamath was written to make India more formidable.

On Camera

YourTurn

A man counts Indian currency notes inside a shop in Mumbai, India | Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas

RBI tells state refiners to reduce dollar buying in spot market, contain sharp fall in rupee

RBI has ensured that $9 billion has been made available at overseas branches of some Indian banks for the country's three state-run refiners to tap, according to sources.

Defence

Naval Group & IIT Goa signing agreement to extend partnership on 28 September | Twitter @navalgroup

France’s Naval Group, IIT Goa extend R&D deal for underwater surveillance, submarine imaging

Agreement will act as catalyst for improving analysis of data collected by underwater sensors through application of neural systems & AI.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.
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