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The intriguing death of an Indian holy man in 1985 suggested that he was none other than Subhas Chandra Bose, the revolutionary and nationalist who, it is officially claimed, died in an air crash...

Jawaharlal Nehru died 50 years ago this month. 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.  

Volume: 64 Issue: 5 2014

Gyanesh Kudaisya considers how the Sino-Indian war of 1962 has shaped relations between Asia’s two largest nations.

Volume: 62 Issue: 11 2012

For three generations one Calcutta family pioneered cultural, political and social advance, making a profound mark on Indian modernity, says Chandak Sengoopta.

Volume: 62 Issue: 11 2012

The two 16th-century battles of Panipat, which took place 30 years apart, are little known in the West. But they were pivotal events in the making of the Mughal Empire as the dominant power of northern India, as Jeremy Black explains.

Volume: 62 Issue: 4 2012

At the Coronation Durbar of 1911 George V announced that the capital of British India was to be transferred from Calcutta to Delhi. But the move to the new model city was a troubled one, as Rosie Llewellyn-Jones explains.

Volume: 61 Issue: 12 2011

Benjamin Zachariah helps to debunk the romantic 'Legend of the Mahatma'.

Issue: 69 2011

Goa fell to Indian troops on December 19th 1961.

Volume: 61 Issue: 12 2011

A cremation ghat built in Brighton for Indian soldiers who fought in the First World War has recently been inscribed with their names, writes Rosie Llewellyn-Jones.

Volume: 60 Issue: 10 2010

Rosie Llewellyn-Jones recalls the Victorian economist who helped resolve the financial crisis in India after the Mutiny of 1857.

Volume: 60 Issue: 8 2010

The intriguing death of an Indian holy man in 1985 suggested that he was none other than Subhas Chandra Bose, the revolutionary and nationalist who, it is officially claimed, died in an air crash in 1945. The truth, however, is harder to find, as Hugh Purcell discovers.

Volume: 60 Issue: 11 2010

For centuries, Africans were shipped to the Indian subcontinent and sold as slaves to regional rulers. Rosie Llewellyn-Jones tells the story of those who went to Lucknow to serve the Nawab of Oudh and who joined the Indian Mutiny when he was deposed by the British. For this allegiance their descendants, whom she has traced, still pay a price.

Volume: 59 Issue: 12 2009

The West Indies is home to a large and vibrant South Asian population descended from indentured labourers who worked the plantations after the abolition of slavery. The arrival of the first, from Bengal in 1838, is recorded in the journal of a young doctor who accompanied them, as Brigid Wells describes.

Volume: 59 Issue 10 2009

A century ago, the British authorities in India passed a series of reforms that they hoped would appease the subcontinent’s increasingly confident political movements. But, writes Denis Judd, it was too little, too late.

Volume: 59 Issue: 11 2009

India’s rulers demonstrated what power they had by adopting the crafts of their conquerors – first the Mughals, then the British. Corinne Julius looks at the background to a new exhibition of dazzling artefacts

Volume: 59 Issue 10 2009

Edna Fernandes visits a madrassa in northern India founded in the wake of the Indian Mutiny. One of the first Islamic fundamentalist schools, its influence has spread into Pakistan and Afghanistan, among the Taliban and followers of Osama bin Laden.

Volume: 59 Issue: 2 2009

Richard Cavendish marks the anniversary of a violent post-First World War event in India

Volume: 59 Issue: 4 2009

Gandhi was shot on January 30th, 1948, aged seventy-eight, by the Hindu fanatic Nathuram Godse.

Volume: 58 Issue: 1 2008

Mark Bryant describes the life and works of Abu Abraham, the Observer’s first ever political cartoonist.

Volume: 57 Issue: 6 2007

The Indian Mutiny and Rebellion, which broke out 150 years ago this month, was the greatest revolt against British imperialism of its century. Joseph Coohill uncovers some Indian accounts of what happened and why.

Volume: 57 Issue: 5 2007

Mihir Bose discusses the paradox that India, a land of history, has a surprisingly weak tradition of historiography.

Volume: 57 Issue: 9 2007

As India celebrates six decades of independence on this year, Jad Adams examines how, in the world’s largest democracy, one family has come to take centre stage in politics, as if by divine right.

Volume: 57 Issue: 9 2007

Andrew Robinson recalls conversations with the famous director about his work, and in particular the recently re-released Urdu film, The Chess Players, made in the 1970s, which explores events surrounding the British annexation of Oudh in 1856.

Volume: 57 Issue: 7 2007

Richard Cavendish describes the British victory at Plassey in Bengal, on June 23rd, 1757.

Volume: 57 Issue: 6 2007

Francis Robinson looks for the distinctively tolerant and worldly features of Mughal rule in India and that of the related Islamic dynasties of Iran and Central Asia.

Volume: 57 Issue: 6 2007

The Theosophists Helena Blavatsky, Annie Besant, Margaret Cousins and others went to India at the end of the 19th century to search for God and universal brotherhood in the Hindu tradition. They also ended up supporting women’s rights against contemporary Hindu practices. Mark Bevir explores the tensions between their fascination with traditional culture and the reforming zeal of their proto-feminism.

Volume: 56 Issue: 2 2006

Richard Cavendish describes how British prisoners were held captive by the army of the Nawab of Bengal, for one night, in the 'black hole' of Fort William in Calcutta.

Volume: 56 Issue: 6 2006

Robert Carr assesses the nature of British rule in India during a key, transitional phase.

Issue: 52 2005
Seán Lang tells of the Dufferin Fund, an aristocratic initiative supported by Queen Victoria to improve medical conditions, particularly in childbirth, for Indian women in the late 19th century.
Volume: 55 Issue: 9 2005

Mihir Bose investigates the case of Subhas Chandra Bose in Bengal in 1924 to show what can happen when a government is able to lock people up on the suspicion of terrorism.

Volume: 55 Issue: 5 2005

Anubha Charan describes the arguments surrounding one of the world’s most politically explosive excavations.

Volume: 54 Issue: 1 2004

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