Article/Essay
 7 Aug 2016 Article/Essay
Article:
Behold The World’s Oldest Continuously Operating Library – Saint Catherine’s Monastery In Sinai
By Dattatreya Mandal

The Sinai Peninsula and especially its summit of Mount Sinai, is considered as one of the most religiously significant places in three Abrahamic faiths – Christianity, Ju... Read More
 29 Jul 2016 Article/Essay
Article:
Jambudwipa: The Seeds Of Political Unity In The Indian Subcontinent
By Sumedha Verma Ojha
Swarajya - July 29, 2016

The peacock flag of the Mauryans was the first to unify the Indian subcontinent under one political rule. From the Kubha River of modern Kabul in the north to the Vaigai R... Read More
 13 Jul 2016 Article/Essay
Biography:
William Simpson (1823-1899) -- "Prince of Pictorial Correspondents"
By Adrian Lipscomb (Simpson's Great Grandson)

William Simpson is widely-known known today as the war artist whose first-hand depiction of the Crimean War helped bring home the reality of that ill-managed campaign to t... Read More
 4 Jun 2016 Article/Essay
Book Extract:
Birth and Early Development of Indian Astronomy
By Subhash Kak
Published January 15, 2001

This paper provides an overview of the birth and early development of Indian astronomy. Taking account of significant new findings from archaeology and literary analysis, it is shown that earl... Read More
 4 Jun 2016 Article/Essay
Article:
Varahamihira: The ancient astrologer, astronomer and mathematician
By Meera Sashithal
Free Press Journal - Oct 03, 2015

His encyclopaedic knowledge and his lively presentation of subjects, as dry as astronomy, made him a celebrated figure.

Even thousands of years before, India had beco... Read More
 22 May 2016 Article/Essay
Essay:
Recognizing the Gods
By Vidya Dehejia
Barbara Stoler Miller Professor of Indian and South Asian Art
Columbia University

In India, the aim of art was never to imitate nature or to recreate reality through illusionistic devices; rather, the goal was to produce an idealized form. Sculptors d... Read More
 8 May 2016 Article/Essay
Essay:
Why is the world so obsessed with India’s caste system?
By Sahana Singh
Indiafacts - 5 May 2016

There is an obsessive tendency to project the caste system as a form of social exclusivism found only in India. Clearly, not enough attention is being directed to the history of social hierarch... Read More
 29 Apr 2016 Article/Essay
Essay:
Indigo and India
By Sunny Narang

I find it funny those questioning the name of India , when one of the most ancient dyes is named after the "Indian Dye" that is Indigo or Neel in Sanskrit .

Before the Arabs called us Hind , the Greeks and Romans had been trading textiles and called us In... Read More
 20 Apr 2016 Article/Essay
Essay:
Hindu: The Most Misinterpreted Term
By Sudipto Das
Swarajya - March 9, 2015

Here I stand, a Hindu, with a constant dichotomy within me as to what it really means—my nationality or my religion.

It’s not a very fortunate thing that even the names by which a major religion, or for that matt... Read More
 20 Apr 2016 Article/Essay
Essay:
What Metallurgy Can Tell Us About Our History
By Anil Kumar Suri
Swarajya - September 30, 2015

An exploration of metallurgy in India:
The history of metallurgy in India can tell us a lot about the history of India itself. Our scientific heritage has inexplicably always been given short s... Read More
 20 Apr 2016 Article/Essay
Essay:
What Metallurgy Can Tell Us About Our History
By Anil Kumar Suri
Swarajya - September 30, 2015

An exploration of metallurgy in India:
The history of metallurgy in India can tell us a lot about the history of India itself. Our scientific heritage has inexplicably always been given short s... Read More
 20 Apr 2016 Article/Essay
Essay:
What Metallurgy Can Tell Us About Our History
By Anil Kumar Suri
Swarajya - September 30, 2015

An exploration of metallurgy in India:

The history of metallurgy in India can tell us a lot about the history of India itself. Our scientific heritage has inexplicably always been given short s... Read More
 18 Apr 2016 Article/Essay
Book Review:
Harvard scholar says the idea of India dates to a much earlier time than the British or the Mughals.
By Mridula Chari
Scroll.in - April 18th 2016

It wasn’t just a cluster of regional identities, and it wasn't ethnic or racial, says Diana L Eck, as she talks about her latest book, 'I... Read More
 16 Apr 2016 Article/Essay
Essay:
How Sanskrit Led To The Creation Of Mendeleev’s Periodic Table
By Subhash Kak
Swarajya - November 21, 2015

How the two-dimensional structure of Sanskrit could have led to the creation of the periodic table.

It is an amusing fact that the original names used by Mendeleev for gallium and g... Read More
 16 Apr 2016 Article/Essay
Essay:
The Aryan-Dravidian Divide Is A Political Myth
By David Frawley
Swarajya - April 13, 2016

Traveling throughout India, including much time in the south, I have been trying to make sense of the proposed Aryan-Dravidian divide, and the call for a pure Dravidian culture that one hears in Tami... Read More
 29 Mar 2016 Article/Essay
Essay:
How India Made Britain More Literate: The ‘Beautiful Tree’ Beyond Dharampal
By Aravindan Neelakandan
Swarajya - March 20, 2016

It wasn’t India which improved its schooling system by imitating Britain’s. Rather, it was the other way round.

Every Indian learns at some point about how India... Read More
 29 Mar 2016 Article/Essay
Article:
New Paradigm For India: From Nation-State To Civilizational-State
By Abhinav Prakash Singh
Swarajya - March 21, 2016

"...It is common for Indians to face the sarcastic question, “Which Indian are you? Aryan, Dravidian, Austro-Asiatic or Tamil, Assamese or Punjabi?” And it is even more c... Read More
 23 Feb 2016 Article/Essay
Essay:
Company Painting in Nineteenth-Century India
By Marika Sardar
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

As the British East India Company expanded its purview in South Asia during the late 1700s, great numbers of its employees moved from England to carve out new lives for themselves in ... Read More
 11 Feb 2016 Article/Essay
Essay:
The Russian Prince and the Maharajah of Travancore
By Richard R Walding, Helen Stone and Achuthsankar S. Nair
Published by The University of Kerala - 2009

In 1841, the Russian Prince Alexis Soltykoff made the first of two visits to India and published his observations upon his return to h... Read More
 9 Feb 2016 Article/Essay
Article:
What did Harappans eat, how did they look? Haryana has the answers
By Riddhi Doshi
Hindustan Times | May 17, 2015

Along the banks of the Ghaggar-Hakra river lie the graves of a typical family. The woman was likely the daughter of a wealthy trader. In death, she wears her favourite shel... Read More