How India, Pakistan and Bangladesh were formed

Pre partition India mainly consisted of British controlled areas and sovereign princely states which were not fully and formally part of British India. In a call for independence from British Rule, Cyril Radcliffe, who had never been to India was given less than 40 days to draw up the new borders based on outdated mapsContinue reading “How India, Pakistan and Bangladesh were formed”

The Partition of India: A Brief Timeline

British Rule The British arrived in India in the 1600s, In 1858 the country came under direct British rule; this began the period known as the Raj, meaning “to rule” or “kingdom” in Hindi. At the time, dominant religious groups in the country included Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs. The British colonised this large nation throughContinue reading “The Partition of India: A Brief Timeline”

The burning and rebuilding of Jaffna Public Library

At midnight on 31st May 1981, the prestigious Jaffna Public Library was set ablaze by Sri Lankan security forces and state-sponsored Sinhala mobs. The library housed over 97,000 rare books and manuscripts, positioning it as one of the largest in Asia and the foremost repository of Tamil literature and culture. Library’s Origins The library wasContinue reading “The burning and rebuilding of Jaffna Public Library”

How this street art festival is transforming Chennai

Breathtaking street art has propped up on flat buildings in Chennai’s Kannagi Nagar district, as part of the Start Chennai festival. The paintings were curated by St+Art India Foundation who have done similar work in New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Goa. Sixteen walls were painted to sport large scale murals by 10 artists, including five fromContinue reading “How this street art festival is transforming Chennai”

India’s Migrant Workers Begin Heading Home as Coronavirus Lockdown Eases

Indian migrant workers begin heading home as the government eases restrictions on travel form the nationwide lockdown. Migrant workers who’ve sought out work outside their home states have been stranded since March 24th as the closure of transport links, shops and businesses has left them without money or food and no way of returning home. Continue reading “India’s Migrant Workers Begin Heading Home as Coronavirus Lockdown Eases”

Life in a bunker during the Sri Lankan conflict

In so called ‘No-Fire Zones’ Tamil civilians built makeshift bunkers to seek shelter. Conditions were appalling in the scorching heat, with food and medicine scarce. The area was very densely packed with families sheltering in flimsy tents, digging bunkers where possible in the sandy terrain or constructing them with improvised sand bags stitched out ofContinue reading “Life in a bunker during the Sri Lankan conflict”

Hospital in India’s Gujarat segregates Muslim and Hindu COVID-19 patients. ⁣

⁣Wards for confirmed and suspected Covid-19 cases at the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital in Gujarat state were being assigned according to the patient’s faith.⁣⁣Medical Superintendent Dr Rathod was quoted saying, “Generally, there are separate wards for male and female patients. But here, we have made separate wards for Hindu and Muslim patients.” On being asked the reason forContinue reading “Hospital in India’s Gujarat segregates Muslim and Hindu COVID-19 patients. ⁣”