In 1775, Asaf-ud-daula chose the ancient city of Lucknow as his capital. More interested in refined enjoyments than military conquests like his predecessors, he was the right ally for the British. But it was not possible for Asaf-ud-daula to immerse himself in total luxury under the watchful eyes of his mother, the much-respected Bahu [...]
He tossed a coin and it fell on the floor and the packed audience looked at the speaker in curious anticipation. It was at the Physics Lecture Theatre or PLT1 at the Presidency College, Calcutta – sometime in the 1960s. It was the turn of this science student to proclaim the superiority of science over arts. His opponent had just finished a [...]
German missionaries have been known for the interest they showed in the study of Indian languages, culture, customs, and religion and for their meticulous documentation and methodology. Though they were looked at with caution and skepticism for their religious bias, their works later on proved to be treasure troves for the study and understa [...]
Having arrived in rather alien surroundings of Bonn, I was searching for similarities it had with Bangalore, Delhi or my hometown, Varanasi. These are the three cities where I had spent a majority of the last decade. Chaos had made way for order, polluted air and smog had suddenly disappeared, Maruti Altos had transformed into Volkswagens, a [...]
During the 2012 London Olympics, tube stations have been temporarily renamed after the greatest heroes in Olympic history. There are three Indians in the special Olympic Legends map – two of them, Dhyan Chand and his brother Roop Singh are well known. But even Indians using the Bushey station of busy London tube may not able to recall the i [...]
What is our name?
What is our work?
Where will be the revolution?
Within a few years – thus started the first issue of The Ghadar, published from San Francisco on 1 November, 1913. With the publication of this weekly magazine in Urdu and Punjabi began the Ghadar movement. In its famous masthe [...]
When we hear of an Indian Prince of 19th-20th century, the first image, which comes to our mind, is that of limitless luxury and self-indulgence. Could you imagine an Indian ruler in late 19th century, who studied medicine abroad, became a Fellow of Royal Society, made women’s education free and compulsory in 1880s and abolished taxes in his [...]