Did Nero indeed fiddle while Rome burned?
If Nero did not fiddle while his capital was burning, how did the story come about that he did? How did he become a Satanic figure in the popular imagination, so much so that his name is practically a synonym for inexcusable cruelty?
Did Savarkar write the controversial biography?
I decided to read Barrister Savarkar and see for myself how exactly Savarkar lost all sense of proportion in deciding to write a eulogy of himself and call it a biography by another man.
Dalit politics in UP slums
When they are a sociological community, Dalits are easily enough thought of as a subject of caste discrimination as a permanent class discrimination.
Farid Bani in Guru Granth Sahib
Guru Granth Sahib was compiled by Guru Arjan in 1604 AD, that is, the very early seventeenth century. There passed a few centuries, in other words, between the death of Farid and the debut of his verses in the Sikh scripture. That has made for a number of interesting questions about the origin and afterlives of Farid Bani, as those verses came to be known.
An Indian Prime Minister in the US of A
Prime Minister Modi and his critics both need to get out of persistently wondering whether he is greater or lesser than Nehru.
The anxiety of distance: three professional historians on ‘present’ public lives of history in India
Their discussion offered an interesting opportunity to reflect on what may be loosely called the public life of history in contemporary India and how professional historians have been thinking about it.
How did paperback books change reading?
Paperbacks became a cultural artefact which successfully pushed popular common sense, or conventional wisdom, towards an entirely new direction.
None of us is exempt: Arundhati Roy
As Roy writes in her apology note, her work has to be judged in terms of her consistent output and political positions, and not one stray remark uttered in a fit of absentmindedness nearly ten years ago. Yet, what we say in fits of absentmindedness does lead to some insight. In this instance the insight to be gained is stark.
T. M. Krishna dons M. S. Subbulakshmi's mantle
Krishna appears to be the best successor to Subbulakshmi as a public performer of the somewhat esoteric domain of classical music upholding a distinct political opinion.