Tag: British rule

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  • Bagha Jatin: The Unsung Hero

    Bagha Jatin: The Unsung Hero

    It is unfortunate that the supreme sacrifice made by Bagha Jatin and his associates is little known outside Bengal and Odisha, although there is no dearth of well-documented historical records. Long before Independence in 1947, there was an attempt under the leadership of Bagha Jatin and Narendranath Bhattacharya better known as MN Roy et al in 1915 — during World War-I — to attain Independence through armed insurrection in cooperation with Germany

    September 5, 2018
  • Origin of the Kashmir problem

    Origin of the Kashmir problem

    Kashmir's accession to India was lawful and in terms of the Indian Independence Act, writes Nirmalendu Bikash Rakshit.

    August 30, 2018
  • Google doodle remembers Raja Ram Mohan Roy — Father of Indian Renaissance

    Google doodle remembers Raja Ram Mohan Roy — Father of Indian Renaissance

    It’s the 246th birth anniversary of the great social reformer

    May 22, 2018
  • Vision of Deen Dayal

    Vision of Deen Dayal

    One major component of modern Indian political thought is the critique of Western civilisation, first articulated by cultural nationalists, pre-eminently Dayananda, Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi. Rejecting the earlier notion that British rule was providential, serious questions have been raised pertaining to various aspects of Western civilisation. In parallel, there have been arguments about Indian …

    November 15, 2017
  • MoS Hardeep Puri recalls grandfather’s escape from Jallianwala Bagh massacre

    MoS Hardeep Puri recalls grandfather’s escape from Jallianwala Bagh massacre

      Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri today recalled his grandfather’s narrow escape from the Jallianwala Bagh when firing was opened at the protesters in one of the most poignant incidents in the history of India. Puri, who visited the place, remembered how his grandfather and several others had a narrow escape by jumping over the …

    September 14, 2017
  • Patriotism wins over difficult conditions in Manipur

    Patriotism wins over difficult conditions in Manipur

    As India celebrates 70 years of freedom from the British rule on Tuesday, the spirit of patriotism won over difficult conditions in Manipur’s Tamenglong district. Here, Independence Day celebrations took place with utmost enthusiasm even as it was raining and there was slush around. It’s peak rainy season this time of the year in the state. …

    August 15, 2017
  • Racist Raj ~ II

    Racist Raj ~ II

    The racist colonial discourse of the British Raj often described the seemingly unbridgeable chasm between the colonizer and the colonized as a gap between the “civilized” and the “savage,” “logical adult” and the “irrational child,” and the “manly Englishman” and the “effeminate Hindu.” This last stereotype became a justification of British colonial rule in India. …

    March 5, 2017
  • Racist Raj — I

    Racist Raj — I

    The British colonial ideology was constructed on racist terms and the underlying argument behind their racist ideology was that British rule conferred the benefits of a superior civilization to Indians whose lives were mired in illiteracy, poverty, superstition, and strife. So, all their accomplishments in the areas of government and law, education, city planning and …

    March 4, 2017
  • Imperial plunder — II

    Imperial plunder — II

    How many million Indians were victims of famine during the 190 years of British rule? Thirty? Or, may be forty. And overall, India was never deficient in food grain. This has been testified by Robert Orme, the Travancore-born East India Company historian, in his 1778 book A History of Military Transactions of the British Nation …

    February 28, 2017
  • Purifying democracy

    Purifying democracy

    When India attained freedom in 1947, its people were not familiar with the democratic system. Democracy was once described by Abraham Lincoln as a system “of the people, by the people and for the people’. But, such a definition hardly mirrors the reality of politics. It implies, ultimately, the existence of a system of Government …

    February 13, 2017
  • Purifying democracy

    Purifying democracy

    When India attained freedom in 1947, its people were not familiar with the democratic system. Democracy was once described by Abraham Lincoln as a system “of the people, by the people and for the people’. But, such a definition hardly mirrors the reality of politics. It implies, ultimately, the existence of a system of Government …

    February 13, 2017
  • Imperial India — I

    Imperial India — I

    A widely known Indian author and a prominent public figure has severely criticized British rule in India as an “era of darkness”. He has held the British responsible for widespread rural poverty, dismantling of trade and commerce, introducing ‘bureaucratic despotism’ and a calculated indifference to the well-being of Indians. He has derided Lord Macaulay as …

    February 7, 2017