The stories behind some of the most iconic photographs by Prashant Panjiar.
In this excerpt from his new book, Manu S. Pillai recounts how the British, through deceit and ill will, tried to unseat the ruler of Baroda. When their plot was picked apart by the maharaja’s British lawyer, they fell back on outright racism to have their way.
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
The threat of Hindi imposition, the failed three-language formula, a perceived, deeper design and a likely solution
A gripping, behind-the scenes account of political machination and high intrigue. The objective: power in Maharashtra
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
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.
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.
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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses at the inauguration of 9 Medical Colleges, in Siddharthnagar.PTI Photo
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur being garlanded during a public meeting as part of the campaign for the upcoming by-elections in the state, in Kinnaur.PTI Photo
Congress party workers hold a protest rally against the Central government regarding hike in the fuel and LPG prices, in Mandi.PTI Photo
Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav addresses a press conference at party office in Lucknow.PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses during an administrative review meeting in Siliguri.PTI Photo
SRK’s persona evokes the kind of Indianness that denies categorisation into singular, exclusive identities. And thrives on making others feel welcome.
Shah Rukh Khan is the soothing balm for millions of Indian women living an oppressive life in an insensitive, patriarchal society.
How the larger-than-life Hindi film hero of yesteryears gave way to the relatable charm of Shah Rukh and the other Khans.