Tag: History

The sound of music

This was an exclusive in depth interview done in 2008, 16 years ago with the indomitable Ameen Sayani who passed on February 20,2024 at the ripe old age of 91. Teesta Setalvad speaks to Ameen Sayani about the 4 decades old journey in politics, music and life with nuggets of India’s freedom struggle in which Sayani’s mother was a close associate of Gandhiji. A product of the New Era school Mumbai, Sayani’s is a tale more precious in the re-telling

Understanding role of progressives in Telangana Peasant Armed Struggle is crucial to combatting Hindu majoritarianism

As history continues to be weaponised by despotic rulers who want to create their own version of the past, it becomes imperative that we record, document, understand, analyse and propagate a counter-narrative. In pursuance of such endeavour, this article is Part I of the series on the role played by progressive forces in the state of Telangana in people’s movement- famously known as The Telangana Peasant Armed Struggle against the last Nizam of Hyderabad-Mir Osman Ali Khan from 1946 to 1951.

Eid Mubarak: Mussalmans & a United Nation- India

First published on: 11 Nov 2016The Musalmans and a United...

Bloodbath on Baisakhi: The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, April 13, 1919

Ninety Seven Years Ago, one of the bloodiest actions of British Rule was the calculated massacre of close to 2,000 innocent Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims at the Jallianwala Bagh. The firing was ordered by an officer of the British colonial power, General Dyer. While the official figure for lives lost was 1,526 the actual figure was reportedly much higher

Jyotiba Phule’s Trenchant Critique of Caste: Gulamgiri

First Published on: 11 Apr 2016   On his 189th Birth...

Fireworks and Firearms: The Festival of Lights in the Mughal Court

"With the aroma of honey and almond wafting through the heavy air of decadence, the kufuri-shama casting silhouettes of a glorious past, and Nazeer Akbarabadi’s nazms resonating with a sense of coexistence, the last Mughal Diwalis were a curious confluence of tears and laughter."

Shivaji in ‘secular’ Maharashtra

First published on: 19 Dec 2015The Shiv Sena threatens...

Remembering Jyotiba Phule, on His 189th Birth Anniversary, April 11

First Published on: January 13, 2016 Remembering Jyotiba Phule, on...

Bushra Arshad creates history; busts all myths; clears UPSC

Bushra Arshad is being lavished with praise for achieving...

The Curious Case of RSS’ Praise for Dara ‘Shukoh’

In this episode of Present, Past and the Future,...

History, Mythology and India’s Syncretic Past

Writer and academic Madhavi Menon, in the first part...