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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Ghadar martyr's centenary: Sarabha to host bullock cart, violate SC order

Originally Published in The Times of India (Online), November 4, 2015.

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LUDHIANA: In a blatant violation of Supreme Court orders, Sarabha village in Ludhiana is all set to host a bullock cart race on Wednesday at a mela commemorating the death anniversary of Ghadar martyr Kartar Singh Sarabha.

Ignored by political parties and leaders, Babu Kunwar Singh's fort in Jagdishpur hopes for better days

Originally Published in IBM Live, October 24, 2015.

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He was the bravest of the brave. At the age of 80 years, he led from the front during India’s first war of independence in 1857 and along with his small band of loyal soldiers drove away the British East India Company from several areas of western and central Bihar along with eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Avishrant Anveshaka: Prof M M Kalburgi--A Tireless Researcher

On the morning of Aug 30, 2015, the town of Dharwad, a major educational and cultural centre of Karnataka was shocked out of its contented and cultured life, when one of its leading lights Prof M M Kalburgi, a renowned researcher into Kannada culture and a prolific writer was shot down at his residence. The tragic loss has shocked the entire literary world of Karnataka and thousands of Prof Kalburgi's admirers and students. Speculation is rife on who might have ordered a gangland Mafiosi style hit on a 77 year old writer.

Letters to the Editor (Volume 9, Issue 3)

Dear Editor,

Editorial Vol 9, Issue 3

The question, 'Why was modern science not born in Patna or Peking but in Pisa?', was posed by British historian of science Joseph Needham (1900-1995), who highlighted the achievements of science and technology in Ancient and Medieval China in his magnum opus "Science and Civilisation in China" that extended over 27 volumes. That is a question that has bothered several Indians too who are familiar with the brilliant achievements of ancient Indian science but see that India fell behind in the last few centuries. However, on the question of an objective assessment of achievements of Indian science too there are three approaches. One which dismisses it and looks up to Europe as source of reason, rationality and science, and believes in the Eurocentric history of science; the other which believes that most modern achievements in science were known to ancient Indians and bases itself largely on mythology; the third school is the one that rejects both and makes an objective assessment of the subject.