In the history of colonised India, the extraordinary tale of Assam is often overlooked

Originally Published in DNA India (online) 6 November, 2016. Article by Aneesh Gokhale

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The old soldier, wearing a worn-out sepoy uniform, let out a puff of smoke. He wanted to talk about his inspiration – Maniram Dewan.

Remembering Rani Veeramangai Velu Nachiyar

Originally Published in The Bodahub (online) 15 August, 2016. Article by Rudra Krishna

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Rani Veeramangai Velu Nachiyar was the queen of the Tamil kingdom of Shivagangai – today found in the Madurai Division of Tamil Nadu – from 1769 to 1790 CE, barring an 8-year gap from 1772 to 1780. The Rani is one of the few rulers of princely states to have successfully defeated the British to regain her kingdom and go on to rule it until her death, over a decade later.

Ahmed Khan Kharal and the Raj

Originally Published in The News (online) 17 October, 2016. Article by Shahid Siddiqui

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The great War of Independence in 1857 brought different ethnic groups of India together to challenge the British Raj. A large number of local soldiers left the British army under protest and stood up against the despotic rule of the East India Company (EIC). The Company, in this situation, was in dire need of human resources to combat with the freedom fighters.

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.