Knowledge of the past before us – History & Methodology

(For Isha) This morning, Romila Thapar, Professor Emeritus at Jawaharlal Nehru University delivered a talk on Knowledge of the past before us, at IISc. Having bought her recently published book The Past as Present: Forging Contemporary Identities Through History I was interested in her views on the methodological aspects of knowledge production. Also, that she … Continue reading Knowledge of the past before us – History & Methodology

Education in pre-colonial India: Dharampal’s The Beautiful Tree

In the school where I teach, the teachers hold a very diverse range of views about the role of a school in a child's life. What must school stand for and what areas of the child' s life must the school be concerned with. Those who run the school - the management folks, stand at … Continue reading Education in pre-colonial India: Dharampal’s The Beautiful Tree

Awadh Punch: India’s Charlie Hebdo of Past

This was brewing for sometime now, with last evening's conversation with an art historian bringing it all to a churn. Turns out that her father wrote for the legendary Awadh Punch, a satirical Urdu weekly published from Lucknow, which began in 1877. It was edited by Munshi Sajjad Hussain. Recollecting stories of the post-independence days in India, … Continue reading Awadh Punch: India’s Charlie Hebdo of Past

Travel in the post-colonial times

This little Dutch Danish settlement has always attracted me with its brilliant blue skies and the expansive ocean. Last week we drove into this seaside village, which was a twenty five mile long stretch of coast leased out to the early Dutchmen Danes by the Tanjore king in the late 1700s. They called it Tranquebar. … Continue reading Travel in the post-colonial times

Dawn Upon Delhi – Photo exhibition at NGMA

There's an interesting exhibition of photographs going on at NGMA, Bangalore titled "Dawn Upon Delhi" this month. It is a rich collection of photographs from the 19th and 20th century Delhi, especially of the time when Delhi went on to become "New" Delhi and the three grand 'assemblages' called Durbars. The exhibition is curated by … Continue reading Dawn Upon Delhi – Photo exhibition at NGMA

‘This got women reading and thinking’ – MFC Discussion [4]

The report of the Committee on the Status of Women in India was published in 1974 and many in India consider it a landmark in the women's rights movement as well as a first comprehensive document on Indian women in all aspects of productive and social life. The sweep as I read the contents is … Continue reading ‘This got women reading and thinking’ – MFC Discussion [4]