This August India celebrates 70 years of independence, but denotified and nomadic communities will commemorate their own anniversary: 65 years since the repeal of the Criminal Tribes Act, one of the British Empire’s most draconian and relatively unknown pieces of legislation.
Shalini Sharma confronts Hindu nationalist revisionists engaging in a ‘post-truth’ use of postcolonial writings and arguments.
Onni Gust discusses curating the ‘Threads of Empire’ exhibition at the University of Nottingham and the politics of culture.
A special, free-access compilation of articles on South Asian history from History Workshop Journal
Why does aazadi (freedom) connote sedition in post-independence India? On the same day that Kanhaiya Kumar reclaimed this word in a stirring speech after his release from jail, Chitralekha Zutshi reflects on the usage and meanings of aazadi.
The Indian election has seen a re-invention of the country’s most politically iconic headwear.
Howard Brenton’s new play examines the last act of British rule in India, the dissection of the country in 1947 to create the independent nations of India and Pakistan.
Historian and columnist Ramachandra Guha on the memorialisation of the Partition in India
Designer and photographer Anusha Yadav writes about the Indian Memory Project website, a visual and oral history of the Indian sub-continent through family and personal archives
India’s hugely influential progressive writers’ movement dates its inception to a meeting in the basement of the Nanking restaurant in Denmark Street – even then London’s ‘Tin Pan Alley’ – in 1934. Sajjad Zaheer was among those present. He was a student from an elite Muslim family in Lucknow, who […]