Category Archives: Indian History

On village Deities

http://www.india-seminar.com/2010/612/612_interview_siddalingaiah.htm Chandan Gowda: How did you become interested in village deities? Siddalingaiah: I was always curious about gods. I often went to fairs and festivals with my grandmother and used to participate in the festivals of village deities as an … Continue reading

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Amartya Sen: India through its calender

Because of these associations, the nature, form and usage of calendars in a particular society can teach us a great deal about its politics, culture and religion as well as its science and mathematics. This applies even to as diverse … Continue reading

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Islamization in India : Richard M. Eaton

From the book The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier, 1204–1760 Four Conventional Theories of Islamization in India Theories purporting to explain the growth of Islam in India may be reduced to four basic modes of reasoning. Each is … Continue reading

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Asoka’s Lion : M Krishnan (1953)

To one familiar with India’s fauna the choice of the Sarnath lion capital as the national emblem must seem somewhat remote. Even to one familiar with Indian art and the Mauryan period this must seem far-fetched. Only those who know … Continue reading

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Who named Indian broadcasting services in India ‘All India Radio’?

Lionel Fielden arrived in 1935 to India to become the first controller of broadcasting for the Indian State Broadcasting Services (ISBS) which, in all likelihood, was named after British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Fielden thought that title of ISBS is too … Continue reading

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Two words used on IIT Bombay campus : Gymkhana and Uttariya

Gymkhana ‘At British Cricket Clubs in colonial India’, author wrote, food served and entertainment were English, the wine may have been  French. But the only concession to India was the commonly use suffix, gymkhana, which derived from  gend-khana, or ball … Continue reading

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Resources on M. N. Srinivas

Parvathi Memon remembering M. N. Srinivas in Frontline. A interview with M. N. Srinivas by Chris Fuller.  

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