History Tag

Mackenzie Painting Watercolour
Concluding part of the series on Mackenzie Manuscripts that examines the actual value of these manuscripts to a comprehensive history of South India.Read More

Posted On June 25, 2016By SandeepIn History

The Battle of Talikota: Reminisincing a Tragedy

An essay recounting the fall of the Vijayanagara Empire in the fateful battle of Talikota held at Rakkasa-Tangadi. Read More

Posted On April 19, 2016By SandeepIn Indian Philosophy

The Indian Conception of History

Do Indians have a sense of history? No is pretty much the received wisdom even today in major sections of the academia, media and the rest. If you as much as question the sources, the roots of this received wisdom, you are branded with the choicest of Leftist labels but that’s the least of our concerns. Before looking at a “sense of history” or “historical sense,” we need to look at how history is defined. Commonly accepted definitions include: A study of the human past. A field of research whichRead More

Posted On June 5, 2014By SandeepIn Commentary

Bangalore Nagarathnamma : A Profile

Note: This is my abridged translation of the original Kannada authored by D.V. Gundappa (popularly known as DVG), part of the 1987 centenary edition of his Jnapaka Chitrashale. Copyright for the original rests with GIPA. When DVG wrote this profile, Bangalore Nagarathnamma  was still alive. Bangalore Nagarathnamma  hailed from Mysore. She is different from Kolar Nagarathnamma .  Kolar Nagarathnamma ‘s mother was Nanjundasani, a renowned scholar and artist both in classical music and Bharatanatyam. She had won numerous accolades among both the laymen and pundits alike. She was more famous asRead More
This is a translation of Pratap Simha’s Kannada Prabha column titled Tippuvannu dweshisabekendalla, satya tiliyali endu, published on 9 March 2013. Comments and criticism welcome as always. Image courtesy: Kannada Prabha “I’ll give you a fresh sample of a lie uttered by a writer. In light of the opposition to the proposal to establish a University in Srirangapatana named after Tipu, this writer has falsely claimed that Tipu was a hater of Hindus, and that he had forcibly converted 71,000 Hindus to Islam. When I heard this, I immediately suspectedRead More

Posted On December 10, 2012By SandeepIn Abrahamism, Commentary, Indian Politics

The Case Against Dishonesty

My feelings for the multi-headed and ever-reverse-evolving beast called the Indian National Interest alias Takshashila alias…whatever its next avatar…have similarly evolved over the past 5-6 years. In the reverse. Currently, I feel infinite pity. It could change depending on what shape they’ll take tomorrow. From proclaiming that they stand “strongly” for the Indian National Interest, they’ve plumbed the depths of whitewashing cruel historical records and falsifying historical truths, a project that invariably needs the aid of falsehood and ignorance or both. The latest exhibit purportedly makes a “case for IndianRead More
This man has caused great loss not only to the Muslim community but to the entire society. He may be occupying a very high office, but we will not spare him. He has committed grave and deliberate mistakes. I have ordered a detailed inquiry into the bank’s functioning. This is how Mumtaz Ali Khan, Karnataka Minister for Haj, Wakf and Minority Welfare thundered in November 2009. Guess who he thundered against? The One Who Rightfully Got Elevated in True Congress Tradition of Rewarding the Corrupt. The One Who Now AdornsRead More
So Girish Karnad is back again. In style. And with a fury I scarcely expected he was capable of. It’s really a monumental pity that a fine actor like Girish Karnad can nary control his itch to mouth inanities. On Friday afternoon at the Tata Literature Live! festival in Mumbai, playwright Girish Karnad surprised audiences with an unexpected and elaborate criticism of author V.S. Naipaul. Naipaul was awarded the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award on Wednesday night. Even if I’m tempted to attribute Karnad’s outburst to professional jealousy, good sense advisesRead More

Posted On October 16, 2012By SandeepIn Indian Philosophy

On The Need to Revive the Temple Culture

How often have you heard this refrain or its variants: Naah! I don’t go to temples. I don’t like going to temples…I mean, there’s no point…all that noise, meaningless mantras and rituals…some are so unhygienic…I believe in God but I’m spiritual…after all, Hinduism is a personal religion and I don’t really need to go to a temple to pray….? How often have you yourself uttered this refrain? Answer honestly. Admittedly, there’s a grain of truth in each of these bits. Several temples today are dirty, unhygienic, noisy, and appear meaninglessRead More

Posted On October 4, 2012By SandeepIn Commentary, Indian Politics

Mahatma Gandhi’s True Legacy

Exactly one refrain emanating from the 1970s generation encapsulates the significance of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday: a complaint that October 2nd is a Dry Day. That’s what Gandhi has been reduced to after 65 years: a symbol of Prohibition that middle class India must vocally protest against. Of course, not with malice because somewhere deep down, Gandhi still commands respect. I picked the 1970s generation because this generation has benefitted the most from liberalization and the reforms that followed during the NDA regime. Among other things, these benefits have included exposureRead More

Posted On September 10, 2012By SandeepIn Indian Politics

Disquisition or Publicity?

Note: These are excerpts from D.V. Gundappa’s Kannada book entitled Vrutta Patrike (Newspaper) first published in 1928 then reprinted a few times. The book is a collection of essays derived from D.V. Gundappa’s speeches and writings roughly beginning in 1928. My translation uses the enlarged edition published in 1968, which is the one available today. The excerpt published in this piece is from an essay titled Vicharave pracharave? (Disquisition or Publicity?) Any translation error is mine. Journalistic writings of the past were mostly intellectual in nature. An editor typically usedRead More
Back to the Beginning Our history of the Madurai Sultanate began with the disintegration of the Pandyan empire for a reason. The death of Maravarman Kulashekara Pandya I in 1308 marks the beginning of the end of any semblance of stability or sustained rule by one mighty empire in South India. To be sure, this lack of stability had begun at least two centuries prior to Kulashekara Pandya’s death. The original mighty empires of Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Cholas, Pandyas, and Pallavas were not just militarily powerful: their real significance was theRead More