Nishan Sahib on Red Fort: Past, Present and Fiction

By Smita Mukerji A Sikh rioter attacks a security personnel with his sword in the course of the insurgence on 26 January in Delhi. (Source: Indian News Live) While there were no exact estimates of how many farmers were hurt in Tuesday's violence, the Delhi Police has said 394 of its personnel were injured. (PTI … Continue reading Nishan Sahib on Red Fort: Past, Present and Fiction

The Sannyasi’s Siblings

By Smita Mukerji Narendranath Dutta (Swami Vivekananda, b. 1863, d. 1902) Most would know, Swami Vivekananda was born as Narendranath Datta to Vishwanatha Datta and Bhuvaneshwari Devi. But there are some facets of the pre-monastic life and family of Swami Vivekananda entirely unknown to most people. Much of the sources relating to this are in … Continue reading The Sannyasi’s Siblings

‘Haldighati’: The Thermopylae Of Rajasthan – I

By Smita Mukerji “The son of Udai is beyond his price. Despair has driven many to this mart to witness their dishonour; From such infamy the descendent of Hamír alone has been preserved.” 443 years ago, on a hot mid-May Summer day, two fearsome armies lay in wait in anticipation of action, eyeballing each other … Continue reading ‘Haldighati’: The Thermopylae Of Rajasthan – I

‘Haldighati’ The Thermopylae Of Rajasthan – IV

By Smita Mukerji Read the previous section of this series here. “When army commingled with army They stirred up the resurrection-day upon earth. Two oceans of blood shocked together: The soil became tulip-coloured from the burning waves.”[1] T H E   B A T T L E Haldighati was not entirely unfrequented, as it lay on … Continue reading ‘Haldighati’ The Thermopylae Of Rajasthan – IV

‘Haldighati’ The Thermopylae Of Rajasthan – V

By Smita Mukerji Read the previous section of this series here. “Partáp, with the flower of Mewár, defended the head of the pass, and glorious was the struggle for its maintenance. Clan after clan followed one another with desperate intrepidity, emulating the daring of their prince, who led the crimson banner”[1] O U T C O … Continue reading ‘Haldighati’ The Thermopylae Of Rajasthan – V

Defining The Indian Outlook Towards Homosexuality – I

By Smita Mukerji The buzz around homosexuality has been rekindled with news of the shortly to be released movie ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’[1] based on a gay relationship. Consensual homosexual acts were decriminalised with an order of the Supreme Court of India (SCI) in September 2018, after a series of legal battles over decades. We … Continue reading Defining The Indian Outlook Towards Homosexuality – I