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Rule, Cyril Radcliffe, who had never been to India was given less than 40 days to draw up the new borders based on outdated mapsContinue reading “How India, Pakistan and Bangladesh were formed”
To the casual observer, Kerala’s clash with coronavirus started on the 27th of January when three Indian students returning from Wuhan tested positive for Covid-19. In actual fact, the story of Kerala’s much envied response to the pandemic starts a whole two years earlier. It was from the lessons learnt during the Nipah outbreak inContinue reading “Kerala: India’s unsung hero on the coronavirus outbreak”
Huh, a dark blot. Perhaps a cloud? That’s what golfers in Rajasthan thought. Finally, some cool rain to relieve the sweltering heat. But hope quickly turned to horror as swathes of locusts descended upon the heartland of India, devouring crops. People clamoured to grab steel pots and pans and honked their horns, in efforts toContinue reading “Locusts: A Scourge on South Asia”
Operation Blue Star: The Indian Army’s blood-stained operation which led to the death of thousands of Sikhs
In June 1984, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi ordered the Indian Army storm the Golden Temple – one of the holiest Sikh shrines, which led to her assassination and the killing of thousands of Sikhs. ‘Operation Blue Star’ which lasted from 1st to 8th June was an attempt to flush out Sikh separatists led by JarnailContinue reading “Operation Blue Star: The Indian Army’s blood-stained operation which led to the death of thousands of Sikhs”
India announces a country-wide lockdown of 1.3 billion people in the world’s largest coronavirus stay-at-home order yet. We look at the measures taken by the Indian government to curb the spread of COVID-19 and how such measures have affected the poorest in society.