Tag: East India Company

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  • Recurrent deceptions

    Recurrent deceptions

    East Bengalis never realised that Urdu would be the national language of their new homeland and their beloved Bengali would become the language of their backyard. Jinnah had indeed sold them a mad dream that ended up dividing the Indian ummah into three. If only the Qaid had let them be, an undivided India would be today 40 per cent Muslim with the Prime Minister being always a momin. This was the biggest deception.

    July 2, 2019
  • The civil services sans scholarly inclination

    The civil services sans scholarly inclination

    The conflict between the so-called elitism of the bureaucrat and uninspiring pragmatism of the politician often proved to be a cultural catastrophe within the administration.

    May 24, 2019
  • Thrones of India: Opulent seats of power

    Thrones of India: Opulent seats of power

    While the Targaryens and the Lannisters continue to fight for the coveted Iron Throne in the iconic TV series Game of Thrones, Manan Kapoor and Shruti Chakraborty of Sahapedia look at some of the historic Indian thrones that were symbols of power and wealth

    April 26, 2019
  • Political leaders pay tribute to Mangal Pandey on 191st birth anniversary

    Political leaders pay tribute to Mangal Pandey on 191st birth anniversary

    Political leaders cutting across party lines paid homage to Mangal Pandey, India’s first freedom fighter, on Thursday  on 19 July on the occasion of his 191st birth anniversary.

    July 19, 2018
  • Lothian Bridge

    Lothian Bridge

    Lothian Bridge is one of those Delhi landmarks that date back to the time of the East India Company. As such every stone in it speaks of history, with the Mughal and the British periods merging to form the great divide between one part of the city and another. Every railway engine that chugs over …

    July 1, 2018
  • Mussoorie’s Three ‘Fredericks’

    Mussoorie’s Three ‘Fredericks’

    Whenever the history of Mussoorie is talked about, the names of three gentlemen called Frederick must simply find mention. Two of them were related directly to the “discovery” of this popular hill station as it was a hunting trip they undertook in the year 1823 that brought this place into light. These two were Lt. …

    February 17, 2018
  • What’s in a name?

    What’s in a name?

    ‘Kolkata te sab kothate dekhchi bharibhul/ kiba kori ghuremori, naiki narakul/ Naiko hati naiko bagan,hatibagan bole/ r badur bagan ete dekhiba durnahi jhole” (Every name in Kolkata seems to be wrong, There is neither elephants nor garden yet the area is called Hatibagan) goes Dadathakur’s acclaimed song on the city. Kolkata as a city is …

    February 10, 2018
  • The Bengal Renaissance

    The Bengal Renaissance

    For over 500 years, the city of London has provided food for thought to Bengali intelligentsia back in Calcutta, now Kolkata. Throughout the duration of East India Company rule in India, there were calls for greater power for Indians in their own land starting from greater autonomy, social justice and finally outright independence. This brought …

    May 27, 2017
  • Coal convictions ~ I

    Coal convictions ~ I

    The conviction of a former Coal Secretary, the present Chief Secretary of a state, and a Director (hereafter referred to as ‘Coal Trio’ ) by a CBI court in the allocation of coal mines raises several disturbing issues. For one, the government is a collective endeavour, not an individual enterprise, neither a latter-day East India …

    May 27, 2017
  • The Bard’s abode

    The Bard’s abode

    Rabindranath Tagore spent a substantial period of his life in Jorasanko, it being his birth place and the one where he breathed his last, after he was shifted back here from Santiniketan for treatment. The house, which is now a museum to the visitors, displays his utilities and other valuable archives relating to him. Visitors …

    May 6, 2017
  • A slice of history

    A slice of history

    Champaran Satyagraha in 1917 was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s first experiment with civil disobedience in India, by politically activating peasants against opium-yielding poppy and indigo cultivation by the Colonial administration in eastern Bihar, for Opium export to China. Another iniquity was the “teen kathia” taxation, requiring a third of grain harvests to be yielded up to …

    May 3, 2017