Friday, 2 December, 2022
TopicTravancore

Topic: Travancore

Saint Devasahayam’s anti-caste struggle angered Brahmins and Nairs, not his conversion

Devasahayam Pillai's new life became a cause of serious concern among high caste Hindus. They accused him of betrayal, and of insulting Brahmins and the royal throne.

‘18th-century Catholic saint not killed for converting’ — Kerala royals want Pope to ‘absolve king’

Canonised in May, Devasahayam Pillai is India’s first layman saint. Erstwhile royal family claims in letter to Pope that he was 'punished' by Maharaja Marthanda Varma for ‘treason’.

Nangeli — the forgotten Dalit woman who stood up against Travancore’s ‘breast tax’

In 'Her Stories: Indian Women Down the Ages’, Deepti Priya Mehrotra recounts women from Indian history whose contributions have been all but forgotten.

How this Travancore King sparked off temple entry reforms for Dalit citizens

In ‘History Liberated’, Princess Aswathi Thirunal Gouri Lakshmi Bayi writes about reforms & policies undertaken during the Travancore royal family’s last phase.

‘Not Indian language’ — VHP tells Travancore Devaswom Board not to appoint Arabic teachers

VHP has asked TDB to withdraw its order of appointing Arabic teachers in schools that the board runs in Kerala, says Arabic is not an Indian language.

Padmanabhaswamy verdict can reduce the rich temple to go to Communists with a begging bowl

The Supreme Court has also ordered a 25-year audit of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Even scam-tainted promoters or companies have not had to face such long-term audits.

All about Padmanabhaswamy Temple, its treasures and the royal family that will control it

The Supreme Court has now upheld the rights of the erstwhile Travancore royal family to manage the affairs of the temple, which has become an enigma due to its riches.

Travancore ex-royal family says Padmanabhaswamy temple verdict not a victory, but a blessing

The SC upheld the rights of the family to run the temple administration. The court battle was pending in the top court over charges of financial irregularities.

SC upholds rights of Travancore ex-royal family in running Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala

Supreme Court overruled a 2011 Kerala HC order to hold that the Travancore royal family will continue to exert its shebait rights on the Thiruvananthapuram temple.

Raja Ravi Varma, the royal artist who became part of daily life through calendar art

Raja Ravi Varma, the 'father of modern Indian art', set up his own printing press and revolutionised the ‘Indian aesthetic’.

On Camera

YourTurn

Prannoy Roy in Abu Dhabi

You can call NDTV elitist, anglicised. But it defended democracy, gave us Ravish Kumar

In all these years of covering elections on NDTV, I do not recall a single occasion when I was asked or even hinted to say or not say something. I disagreed with Prannoy Roy off-screen and on-screen and that was never a problem.

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.

Defence

A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.