2 Jan 2017 Article/Essay
The Swamimalai Murugan temple and the Tamil Calendar
By Raj Vedam

The Swamimalai Murugan temple near Kumbhakonam has existed since the Sangam Era (~500BCE), and later built ornately by the Cholas around 900 CE. The temple was heavily damaged in 1740 during the cannon exchanges between the Britis... Read More
 29 Dec 2016 Article/Essay
Beautiful Libraries of the world

The multi-floored George Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, USA was built in the mid-18th century and is still open to the public.

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 29 Dec 2016 Article/Essay
Revolutionary heroes
By Blake Smith

If the sultan of Mysore had had a bit more luck, George Washington might be known as the Haider Ali of North America. As the ruler of Mysore, a kingdom in what is now southwestern India, Haider fought a series of wars with Great Britain in the l... Read More
 28 Dec 2016 Article/Essay
Counterview: Taimur's actions were uniquely horrific in Indian history
A response to a article about Hindutva's distorted reading of medieval Indian history.
by Girish Shahane
Published in, 28 December 2016

The unlikeliest of events set off bitter historical debates in... Read More
 26 Dec 2016 Article/Essay
From Macaulay to Frawley, from Doniger to Elst: Why do many Indians need White saviours?
By Devdutt Pattanaik Dec 24, 2016

Would non-White Indologists evoke such passions as the likes of Sheldon Pollock and Wendy Doniger or David Frawley and Koenraad Elst do?

There is a wound t... Read More
 25 Dec 2016 Article/Essay
Astonishing Christmas-themed Mughal miniatures from the courts of Akbar and Jehangir
By Mridula Chari Dec 25, 2014

Jesuits came to the Mughal court hoping to convert the emperors. Instead, the Indian rulers used Christian images for their own royal propaganda.

When Mughal emp... Read More
 25 Dec 2016 Article/Essay
Christian footprint in Mughal India
By B.N.Goswamy
Tribune India - Dec 14, 2014

Pictures of Christian themes were favourites as gifts to be brought by embassies to the emperor and the imperial elite.

We see them everywhere in books on Mughal painting: painters bending over their task, co... Read More
 24 Dec 2016 Article/Essay
There is much to learn about Bangalore
By Thejaswi Udupa

Bangalore is a city older than Bombay or Madras. Give it the love and attention it deserves, especially if you think of it as your city.

Learn Kannada. Some of the best works about Bangalore are available in that language. In the early 1... Read More
 16 Dec 2016 Article/Essay
How India went from World’s Education Capital to Depths of Illiteracy - Part I
By Sahana Singh
IndiaFacts - 6 December 2016

Just a thousand years ago, India was dotted with universities across its length and breadth where international students flocked to gain credentials in advanced educ... Read More
 16 Dec 2016 Article/Essay
Robert Bruce Foote: The father of India’s prehistory
By Deepa Kandaswamy
Live Mint - 16 December 2016

In the mid-19th century, Foote almost single-handedly tried to reconstruct India's unwritten past.

In 1859, Charles Darwin published the theory of natural selection in his book, “Origin ... Read More
 16 Dec 2016 Article/Essay
A discovery that changed the antiquity of humankind who lived in Indian subcontinent
By T. S. Subramanian
The Hindu - May 27,2013

One hundred and fifty years ago, on May 30, 1863, young geologist Robert Bruce Foote bent down and picked up a stone tool on the Parade Ground at Pallavaram ... Read More
 9 Dec 2016 Article/Essay
Are we using the wrong calendar to mark human history?
By Scroll staff

A new calendar aims to incorporate all cultures and histories.

When does the human history begin? The answer lies in the way we count years – before and after a significant event – that is today based on the year Jes... Read More
 27 Nov 2016 Article/Essay
The East India Company: The original corporate raiders
By William Dalrymple
Guardian - 2015

For a century, the East India Company conquered, subjugated and plundered vast tracts of south Asia. The lessons of its brutal reign have never been more relevant.

One of the very first Indian wor... Read More
 27 Nov 2016 Article/Essay
New Book Review:
An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India
By Shashi Tharoor
Published by Aleph Book Company - 26 October 2016

Shashi Tharoor: You can’t revenge yourself upon history, history is its own revenge
By Manik Sharma
FirstPost - Nov 5, 2016

Shashi Tharoor's new book — An Era of... Read More
 26 Nov 2016 Article/Essay
The Austrian National Library (Nationalbibliothek) is first and foremost the country’s largest working library, home to millions of books. It is located in the Hofburg Palace in Vienna; since 2005 some of the collections find themselves in the baroque Palais Mollard-Clary. Hofburg Palace is a pal... Read More
 26 Nov 2016 Article/Essay
The Klementinum Library is easily the most beautiful library in the entire world. Originally opened in 1722, the library was a part of the Jesuit University. Today, it serves as a fine example of Baroque architecture. The opulent décor leaves no detail untouched, from the floors to the walls to t... Read More
 20 Nov 2016 Article/Essay
How Chanakya Dealt With Fake Currency And Corruption
By Sumedha Verma Ojha
Swarajya - November 18, 2016

Chanakya ultimately faced the same problems as the current government is facing in the present with corruption, counterfeiting and tax evasions. Flooding the economy with fake coins wo... Read More
 27 Oct 2016 Article/Essay
On Matrilineal Nairs , Diversity , and the nature of Uniformity to destroy Diversity
By Sunny Narang

The Khasis of Meghalaya and the Nairs of Kerala are both the uniquely matrilineal clans of India .

Jaintia and Garos are also matrilineal in Meghalaya but not so well known or historica... Read More
 18 Oct 2016 Article/Essay
Book Review:

Creating a New Medina: State Power, Islam, and the Quest for Pakistan in Late Colonial North India
By Venkat Dhulipala
Published by Cambridge University Press - 2015

Buy this book:

In his book on the idea of Pakistan, the historian Venkat Dhulipala argues t... Read More
 15 Oct 2016 Article/Essay
Getting The Picture - The mystery of an iconic Partition photograph
By Anhad Hundal
Caravan - 1 September 2016

On 18 August 1947, the American magazine Life carried a photograph of BS Kesavan, who would soon become the first national librarian of newly independent India. Captured by the p... Read More