Emergent India and its Sikh Diaspora
Sikh activism is on the rise in the diaspora but it would be wrong to read it as all 'Khalistani'. India’s outreach policies need to acknowledge Sikh pluralism and respect the democratic…
Shinder S. Thandi
Palestine and Israel: Historical, Legal and Moral Issues
On 7 October, Hamas committed a war crime when in its attack on Israel, hundreds of civilians were killed, but since 1948 the scale of the crimes against the Palestinians repeatedly committed by…
Mammoths in Musth
The phenomenon of musth, first systematically observed and recorded in ancient India, is now a thread running through a deep history of elephants.
Thomas R. Trautmann
Pakistan: Learning from Looking Within
In a work of deep introspection that is free of rhetoric, well-known Pakistani nuclear physicist and essayist, Pervez Hoodbhoy re-examines the history of his country, asking how it got to where it is…
India's Place in the History of Democracy
The idea of Athens as mother of democracy was pushed by modern scholars of ancient Greece and Rome. Ancient Greek and Roman writers on India themselves found several similarities with political…
Thomas R. Trautmann
The Other Side of Paradise
A war-ravaged country torn apart by militancy and poverty; Afghanistan is now a textbook example of a failed state. But the region was once home to a civilisation that was muse to the great Persian…
Har Dayal: Three Years That Made a Difference
Har Dayal, a founding member of the Ghadar party, was an anarchist who moved between advocacy of revolution to pacificism, later advocating a utopian “world state”. An account of his years (1911-14)…
How to Trap a Cheetah (And Why You Shouldn’t Have)
Cheetahs were highly prized in medieval and colonial India. They were trapped to meet the demand from royalty, a practice that continued well into the 19th century, leading to their ultimate…
Don't Judge the Past through the Eyes of the Present
It would be wrong to use present-day norms to label certain historical events as crimes. If we must judge the past, it should be in relation to its time, rather than our present.
Play. Stop. Rewind. Record.
"We were, in many ways, coached into listening—casually, closely, intimately, itinerantly—by the cassette tape. It made sound available to us beyond broadcast radio, and allowed us to curate our…