Ghee Bowman brings to light the forgotten story of an Indian force’s role in the Battle of France and their fighting withdrawal through Dunkirk. In this excerpt, individual units arrive in northern France and take their positions, awaiting the Wehrmacht onslaught.
Polarisation—grimy, often tugging at base prejudices—is the political challenger’s final resort before elections, argues psephologist Pradeep Gupta in his new book. Excerpts:
The story of Indian languages has been the story of miscegenation, of the mixing of language blood-groups
Indic religions, including Hinduism, privileged the male over the female in their quest for liberation. Sabarimala, its layered history steeped in inclusion, typifies this.
Not just by shrewd manipulation or by force of superior arms, the East India Company’s empire was erected by the expert harnessing of the strings of an oceanic Indian credit
The late Delhi CM on why she took the Nirbhaya blame on the chin
In an extract from a novel, taken from an anthology published on this centenary year of the Jallianwala massacre, Mulk Raj Anand sketches the tense, rumour-filled, febrile atmosphere in Amritsar, and the epiphanic glow of a boy’s patriotism
Most of the criticism of EVMs appears to stem from a knee-jerk mistrust of technology. The authors have studied and analysed EVMs across India first-hand for years, ever since they were first introduced; and feel completely confident that they are tamper- and hack-proof, and cite their reasons for it.
The disenfranchisement of women voters is hopefully a result of mere inefficiency, not quite in the same league as the ‘dark arts’ of voter suppression around the world. However, it is a deeply worrying phenomenon of our electoral system.
India’s pioneering psephologists slice through the clutter with some revelations: women voter turnout will be higher than men in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
To emphasise how important the male vote is to the NDA: if no women, only men had voted in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the NDA would have won by an enormous landslide with 376 seats. However, if no men, only women had voted, the NDA would have won 265 seats—which would have been seven seats short of the majority mark.
Education, labour, healthcare, credit...A Rural Manifesto ponders over all these. In this extract, it focuses on the human and ecological costs of those vaunted ‘temples’—dams.
In their self-reflexivity and referential nature, Ramayana and Mahabharata lie in unique harmony. Which came first is matter of which version you hold up to the light.
L.K. Advani, then president of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, was arrested and imprisoned during the Emergency for nineteen months. For a brief period, his fellow prisoner in Bangalore was Atal Behari Vajpayee.
This excerpt from a political biography of Naveen Patnaik details Odisha’s discredited political class after the super cyclone, retelling how rapturous Odias accepted Biju Babu’s heir as a messiah.
Genial, humble and a democrat. Such is the picture of Atal Behari Vajpayee seen in Karan Thapar’s memoir.
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, center, interacts with the officers inside the under-construction Zojila Tunnel in Baltaal, northeast of in Srinagar.AP Photo/Dar Yasin
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, center, waves to the media at the Z-Morh tunnel as he inspects the work of the 6.5-kilometer long tunnel in Sonamarg northeast of Srinagar. The tunnel will connect Srinagar to...AP Photo/Dar Yasin
Bus carrying journalists takes a tour of the under construction Z-Morh tunnel in Sonamarg, northeast of Srinagar.AP Photo/Dar Yasin
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, center, accompanied with his wife in blue saree, looks at the under construction Zojila tunnel in Baltaal, northeast of Srinagar.AP Photo/Dar Yasin
Bus carrying journalists takes a tour of the under construction Z-Morh tunnel in Sonamarg, northeast of Srinagar. The tunnel will connect Srinagar to Sonmarg in a stretch that otherwise remains closed during the winter...AP Photo/Dar Yasin
Opposition parties unite for implementation of a long-standing demand. Will the Modi Government bite the bullet?
There is no need to contextualise Hathras. It is a standalone story. A warning, a trigger, a tragedy.
A Dalit Sikh CM from the neglected Puad region is a smart move, queering the pitch for the grand old party’s rivals.