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When Gandhi met Nehru the first time

Gandhi and Nehru. The two people, above all, who defined the national freedom movement, and thus, the moral template of the independent India. (That is not to belittle Tagore, Ambedkar and many oth

Suppress ego to write biography: Ramachandra Guha

Noted historian Ramachandra Guha has listed reasons on why historical biographies never took off in a big way in India. Delivering the annual lecture at Sahitya Akademi’s Festival o

Where centuries meet

To say that footfall in museums is declining will be a faulty assumption. Even with a vast array of digital platforms now available to view, study and learn about archaeological collections

Death of a pragmatist Gandhian

When it comes to nonviolence, Gene Sharp’s influence is arguably next only to Gandhi’s. Sharp, a political scientist who continued his studies on peace and power from the

A history of identity: remembering forgotten heroes of 1857

The column may begin by recalling quotations from two illustrious sons of pre-Independence India who were under no obligation to make any ‘appeasing’ comment. Noted Urdu

Jallianwala Bagh: 101 years of injury

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How the colonial rulers combated “this insidious and growing danger” of dust and smoke

Dust and Smoke: Air Pollution and Colonial Urbanism: India, c. 1860-1940 By Awadhendra Sharan

Genius of Ghalib, equally at home in solving murder mystery

Murder at the Mushaira By Raza Mir Aleph / 344 pages / Rs 799

‘What do they know of history who only history know?’

A Functioning Anarchy? Essays For Ramachandra Guha Edited by Srinath Raghavan and Nandini Sundar Penguin Random House India / 392 pages /

Motilal Nehru too had petitioned for release of his son: Vikram Sampath

Defence minister Rajnath Singh’s statement, that Mahatma Gandhi had asked V.D. Savarkar to file a mercy petition before the British, has ignited a debate. Vikram Sampath, a historian and

Five Ws of Gandhi assassination

The Murderer, the Monarch and the Fakir: A New Investigation of Mahatma Gandhi’s Assassination By Appu Esthose Suresh and Priyanka Kotamraju HarperColl

How Homo Sapiens urbanised in the blink of an evolutionary eye

Work: A History of How We Spend Our Time By James Suzman Bloomsbury, 464 pages

Tagore-Gandhi: Two journeys that forged a common path

Tagore & Gandhi: Walking Alone, Walking Together By Rudrangshu Mukherjee Aleph, 186 pages, Rs 699 Two men born in the 1860s, more than any

The inimitable life and times of Nandshankar

Nandshankar: A Portrait in Nineteenth-century Surat By Vinayak Nandshankar Mehta Translated from the original Gujarati by Radhika Jayakar Herzberger

Ashis Nandy: A celebration and a guide to the perplexed

Modernity, its Pathologies and Reenchantments Edit

Imperative omissions in the Constitution

The making of the Indian Constitution and its subsequent adoption on January 26, 1950 required the founding members to go through several pieces of the legal document that the country already had d

Bangladesh at fifty: An anthology for scholars and readers alike

Bangladesh: Writings on 1971, Across Borders Edited by Rakhshanda Jalil and Debjani Sengupta

‘The Boy Who Wrote the Constitution’

How can we acquaint children better with the life

Leveraging International Institutions to Address Casteism: The case of Ambedkar

During this Dalit History month, on the birth anniversary of Dr B.R.

Mahabharata: Ways of reading the epic in our times

Mahabharata: The Epic and the Nation By G.N. Devy Aleph Books, 150 pages, Rs 499 The Mahabharata is one of the greatest literary masterpie

A century-old swashbuckling page-turner is an ‘amazing find’

The First World War: Adventures of Nariman Karkaria Translated by Murali Ranganathan With a Foreword by Amitav Ghosh HarperCollins, xxv+230 pages, Rs

Not just another Manto anthology

The Collected Stories of Saadat Hasan Manto: Volume 1: Bombay and Poona Translated by Nasreen Rehman Aleph Book Company, 548 pages, Rs 999 The

Archeology, Amity and Ahimsa: Reflections on Qutub, Kashi and other controversies

Amid the campaign for building a temple in place of Babri Mosque, India in 1991 passed a law, the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, to prohibit the conversion of places of worship –

The bookworm monks

Sing, Dance and Pray: The Inspirational Story of Srila Prabhupada Founder-Acharya of ISKCON By Hindol Sengupta Penguin Ananda, 368 Pages. Rs 599

Gandhi’s letters to his youngest son also hold his aspirations for nation

Scorching Love: Letters from Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to his son, Devadas By Gopalkrishna Gandhi and Tridip Suhrud Oxford University Press, 528 page, Rs 14

Asserting the need to write movement histories from below

The Struggle for Narmada: An Oral History of the Narmada Bachao Andolan, by Adivasi Leaders Keshavbhau and Kevalsingh Vasave By Nandini Oza, Translated from the original

“India is the only ancient civilisation that still survives and thrives”

Aman Singh Maharaj, a South African author of Indian origin, is making a literary debut with ‘A Dalliance with Destiny’ (Austin Macauley), which takes us on a mystical journey to India

How the Hindi Newspaper Business Changed

The Journey of Hindi Language Journalism in India: From Raj to Swaraj and Beyond By Mrinal Pande Orient BlackSwan, 188 pages, Rs 1,195.00

Fernandes: A Life as Legacy

The Life and Times of George Fernandes By Rahul Ramagundam Penguin/New India Foundation, 624 pages, Rs 799

Getting to know Indian history’s heroes better

Bravehearts of Bharat: Vignettes from Indian History By Vikram Sampath Penguin, 334 pages, Rs 799

Visionary Talk: Amitabh Gupta, Pune Police Commissioner with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


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