Media resistance in British India

Originally Published in The News (online) 30 July, 2016. Article by Shahid Siddiqui

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In my previous article, ‘Discursive paradigm of resistance’ (August 8) published in these pages I discussed two major approaches of resistance: the coercive approach and the discursive approach.

Lost cities #3 – Muziris: did black pepper cause the demise of India's ancient port?

Originally Published in The Guardian (online) 10 August, 2016. Article by Srinath Perur

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In the first century BC it was one of India’s most important trading ports, whose exports – especially black pepper – kept even mighty Rome in debt. But have archaeologists really found the site of Muziris, and why did it drop off the map?

Tipu Sultan: The Forgotten Connection With India’s First Sepoy Mutiny

Originally Published in The Wire (online) 30 July, 2016. Article by Siddharth Raja

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Tracing the role of Tipu Sultan’s sons in the Vellore Mutiny of 1806.

Ghadarite Ishar's statue to be unveiled at Dhudike

Originally Published in The Times of India - City - Chandigarh (Online), 18 June, 2016.

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Move Over Mohenjo-Daro, India Now Has the Biggest Harappan Site In Rakhigarhi

The discovery of two more mounds at the Harappan site of Rakhigarhi in Haryana makes it the biggest excavation site of Harappan civilisation, even bigger than Mohenjo-daro (in Sindh,Pakistan). Until now, Mohenjo-daro in Pakistan was considered the largest among the 2,000 Harappan sites known to exist in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. A recent report by the Archaeological Survey of India claims that Haryana’s Bhirrana is the oldest Harappan site and Rakhigarhi the biggest Harappan site in Asia.

Film on Begum brings Avadh's queen to life

Originally Published in The Times of India - City (Online), 26 May, 2016.

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Lucknow: It will be a royal evening for Lucknow coming Monday when in the company of the last Queen of Awadh, Begum Hazrat Mahal, the city will come face to face with its past. In the 137th death anniversary year of the Queen, an unsung hero of the first war of Independence of 1857, a documentary on her will be screened on May 30.

Delhi university's heritage walks to revive historical mutiny sites

This article by Siddhanta Mishra was originally Published in The Sunday Standard (online), 22 May, 2016.

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NEW DELHI:  In order to relive and experience the rich heritage around the Northern Ridge area, the Delhi University (DU) will start an institutionalised set of heritage walks. The university, which has many British-era sites at its North Campus, starting from the Vice-Chancellor’s (V-C) office, is ready to walk you down the memory lane of the 1857 uprising in Delhi.

The Forgotten Women of 1857

Originally Published in The Wire (Online), 7 April, 2016.

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Not just Begum Hazrat Mahal and Rani Lakshmibai but dozens of women participated in active fighting against the British. Their stories are largely unrecorded.

India Has to Be its Own Cultural Ambassador, But it Has to Be Scientific About it: Manjul Bhargava

Originally Published in The Wire (Online), January 19, 2016.

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On January 2, Princeton University mathematician and 2014 Fields Medallist Manjul Bhargava delivered a lecture at the Madras Sanskrit College, Chennai, on the connection between Sanskrit and mathematics. Over 75 minutes, he touched upon ancient Indian contributions to advancing number theory and geometry, the importance of preserving their historic contexts, and what institutions like Sanskrit College can do to legitimise modern debates over India’s claims to primacy. Edited excerpts of his speech follow.

Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall to get new library

Originally Published in The Tribune (Online), January 15, 2016.

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