Monday, 24 January, 2022

Topic: Mughals

A Christian Venetian who joined Dara Shukoh’s army and impressed the prince with his Persian

In 'Venetian In Court’, Marco Moneta writes about Nicolò Manucci who came to India and started his career as chief artilleryman in Dara Shukoh’s fratricidal battle against Aurangzeb.

How Mughal India celebrated Diwali — from ‘Akash diya’ to Red Fort

In ‘Shahjahanabad’, Rana Safvi writes about how the ‘Rang Mahal’ in Delhi’s Red Fort was lit up to celebrate Diwali.

Bollywood lyricist calls Mughal rulers ‘dacoits’, historians dismiss it as ‘jingoism’

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

Why stop at Mughals, Manoj Muntashir? Mandela can teach you a lot about forgetting

Bollywood lyricist Manoj Muntashir argued that Indians have forgotten their ancestors — but he is being a dishonest archaeologist.

‘Mughals were dacoits’: Bollywood lyricist trashes Indian history, nonsense, say historians

With lyricist Manoj Muntashir's controversial Twitter video going viral, historians dismiss it as 'great jingoism' and note that history must be seen in the context of the time.

Not all women made it to Mughal portraits, but a royal advisor and owner of a library did

In ‘Reflections on Mughal Art and Culture’, Mika Natif writes that illustration of Mughal women in court histories like Akbarnama was no different from that of Mughal men.

Yogi Adityanath’s anti-Mughal stand has reasons. Akbar identified himself as a ghazi

Yogi Adityanath’s decision to name a proposed Mughal museum after Shivaji is a step to ensure that the tale of hunt is also written by those who were hunted.

Do-piyaza, blood-spitting paan, camels — The ‘bizarre’ food of Mughals in Western travelogues

In 'Tasting Difference', Gitanjali Shahani writes about the Mughal foods and traditions that early Western travellers considered 'ugly' and disturbing.

When Birbal died, something broke inside Akbar

In Akbar: The Great Mughal, Ira Mukhoty traces the friendship between Akbar and his courtier Birbal, which survived to become stories for generations.

Little-known fact: Aurangzeb had more Rajput administrators than Akbar

In 'Understanding Mughal India', Meena Bhargava writes about how Aurangzeb patronised several Hindu institutions & was supported in the war of succession by Rajputs.

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Liberals mourning India Gate flame must also recall some dark aspects of the colonial Army

The moving of the flame seems, to some, as part of an ongoing extinguishing of the Indian Army’s heritage of secularism, decency and righteousness.

South-East Asia’s SMEs are underperforming. Their ‘digital revolution’ depends on fintech

Digitisation of South-East Asia's economy during the pandemic is uneven. The growth in digital services has favoured individual consumers, not SMEs.


File photo of Scorpene-class submarine 'INS Vela', at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai | ANI

Kamov choppers, submarine torpedoes among deals defence ministry will review this week

Ministry is reviewing all procurement under the ‘Buy (Global)’ category, under which equipment is bought directly from foreign manufacturers, amid govt's 'Atmanirbhar' push.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.