ByMurad Ali Baig On May 29, 1658, India's history changed forever. Aurangzeb's victory over his brother Dara Shikoh marked the beginning of Islamic bigotry in India that not only alienated Hindus but the much more moderate Sufis and Shias as ... South Asia Monitor, 2 months ago
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In good faith (a journey in search of an unknown India) by Saba Naqvi, published by Rupa publications, New Delhi, pages 191 Religious bigots gain ground in the biggest secular democracy Whether India was still secular or ...Pakistan Today, 5 days ago
Tunnels do make sensational news in history, besides the ones on the Indo-Pak border and in Tihar and other jails. There's one in the Agra Fort, which is believed to lead to the Red Fort in Delhi. How long it would have taken for those of the royal ...The Statesman, 1 week ago
'I asked a group of uniformed high school kids: Who was the one Kashmiri they admired?''I shouldn't have been surprised by the answer,' says Sunil Sethi. IMAGE: Athar Aamir, who came 2nd in this year's civil services entrance exam, interacts with students at his alma mater. Photograph: Umar Ganie Kashmir is having a booming tourist summer. The young woman at the IndiGo check-in at Delhi airport says their six daily flights are full. "It's like Goa in December." A friend who missed a ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
I call architecture frozen music, said German creative genius Johann Wolfgang Goethe. As I stood at the newly-constructed Pahalgam Club in Pahalgam, Kashmir, I knew what Goethe meant. And I wondered what symphony should be played there. Perhaps a ...Chandigarh Tribune, 3 weeks ago
A mammoth undertaking to restore and develop Delhi's Nizamuddin will end this time next year. How has it transformed one of the most historic and touristy areas of the country? This could be the closest thing to paradise. Here, the world is all ...Livemint.com, 3 weeks ago
Several artefacts connected with the Mughals will be on display at the museum coming up in Humayun's Tomb complex The crypt-like museum coming up in the Humayun's Tomb complex will showcase Mughal artefacts hitherto hidden from public view. These ...The Hindu, 1 month ago
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform. This famous Mark Twain quote has been echoing in my brain since I heard the news of Amjad Sabri's assassination. Undoubtedly, the broad daylight killing of a mystic ...The Nation Pakistan, 1 month ago
"I think Bulleh Shah is fascinating but I fail to understand his relationship with his murshid," said a 14-year-old student of mine who was acting in a school play on the life of Bulleh Shah. The play was an English adaption of Shahid Nadeem's Bulla ...Huffington Post, 1 month ago
Taj Mahal: Wonder in marble. Photo: V.V. Krishnan The Taj Mahal was built in 1648 by Shah Jehan as a memorial to his wife. Today, it is listed as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, lost his wife Mumtaz Mahal ...The Hindu, 1 month ago
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