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By Gyanesh Kudaisya

Gyanesh Kudaisya describes the final years of India’s founding prime minister, a period marked by major challenges at home as well as abroad in the aftermath of the 1962 war with China.  

Besides administering the sub-continent, British public servants devoted endless time and energy to making a record of Indian archaeological remains. Mildred Archer describes the role of the East India Company from 1785-1858.

Alexander Burnes met his death on November 2nd, 1841, at the hands of a furious Afghan mob. James Lunt introduces one of the most adventurous travellers of his generation.

 “I am a Jingo in the best acceptation of that sobriquet... To see England great is my highest aspiration, and to lead in contributing to that greatness is my only real ambition.” By Edgar Holt. 

After the eclipse of Mughal power in the early 18th century, the repository of Mughal culture moved from Delhi to Lucknow, capital of the rich...

In this episode of the History Today Podcast, we speak to Gyanesh Kudaisya about the final years of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister.

Alaric Jacob introduces the soldiers and administrators who prepared the way for nineteenth-century Empire.

W.J. Reader describes a scandalous episode that arose out of the transfer of authority in India from the East India Company to the Crown.

In 1987 Pakistan was widely regarded as being economically ahead of its much larger neighbour, India. Pakistan’s GDP was $390 per head compared...

Born on the banks of the Rhone, this enlightened French missionary was the first European to carry out a comprehensive survey of the manners and customs of the Hindus. Roderick Cameron describes how the book that he wrote, which he published with the encouragement of the British East India Company, remains a classic in its own field.

Dufferin urged upon an unresponsive government in London moderate proposals for representative reform in India. In fact, writes Briton Martin Jnr., reform was carried out twenty years later; too late, in the light of history.

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