In March 1824 the East India Company declared war on Burma, the opening salvo in a series of conflicts that would see one empire fall, another expand and leave divisive wounds still felt today.
Arriving in the West in the 19th century, the Buddha of legend was stripped of supernatural myth and recast as a historical figure. What do we really know about him?
On 17 January 1872, 49 Namdhari Sikhs – dubbed ‘Kukas’ by the British – were executed by cannon, supposedly for spreading insurrection.
Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on 30 January 1948. As India has changed, so has his place in its history.
Shadows at Noon: The South Asian Twentieth Century by Joya Chatterji is a gently revisionist account of an enduring, if ever-tottering, democracy.
Courting India: England, Mughal India and the Origins of Empire by Nandini Das details the uncertainty, contingency and precarity of England’s imperial ambitions.
For 600 years Muslims held sway over the Indian subcontinent. Then democracy and a desultory leadership did them in.
What were Indian nationalists thinking?
Two Hindu gods discover an abandoned child while following the wind’s path.
Questioning the powerful Tata dynasty’s claims for a ‘different kind of capitalism’.