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Anisha Padma
Siddis and Habshis are Indian citizens of African descent who live in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana and Karnataka in India. Within secondary literature, the word ‘Siddi’ can be traced to the Arabic word ‘Sayyid’, which either denotes a title and/or lineage to Prophet Muhammad.[1] ‘…
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Narayani Gupta
Mirza Ismail was disapproving of the British’s improvement of Indian cities and towns, and greatly advocated for the need for gardens and parks. As part of the series ‘Reading a City’, Sahapedia explores Ismail’s thoughts on town-planning and his conflicts with bureaucracy. (Photo Courtesy:…
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B.N. Goswamy
The Nizams of Hyderabad were wealthy rulers who owned precious jewels and commissioned numerous paintings. From collar necklaces to table-cut diamonds, pearls and emeralds, these jewels shed light on the affluence of Nizams such as Mir Qamruddin Khan and Mir Mahbub Ali Khan. Prof B.N. Goswamy sheds…
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Rama Madhu Gopal Rao
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Anisha Padma
The Hyderabad locality, A.C. Guards, is named after a celebrated regiment of men of Afro-Arabian descent, who were officially called the ‘African Cavalry Guards’ under the sixth and seventh Nizams (monarch) of the erstwhile princely state. This transcript features the oral memory of the descendants…
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Anisha Padma
Siddis and Habshis are Indian citizens of African descent who live in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana and Karnataka in India. Within secondary literature, the word ‘Siddi’ can be traced to the Arabic word ‘Sayyid’, which either denotes a title and/or lineage to Prophet Muhammad.[1] ‘…
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Anisha Padma
Siddis and Habshis are Indians of African descent who primarily reside in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana and Karnataka. They have historically performed various roles in the subcontinent, working as traders, sailors, military tacticians, domestic slaves, dock workers and conscripted…
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Shefali Jha
He was born and grew up in Hyderabad, and as a young student in 1987, helped compile an exhaustive report on the city’s libraries which contained Urdu books and manuscripts. His interest in books both precedes and was fed by this extraordinary project.  Following is an edited transcript of the…
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Shefali Jha
The state of Telangana counts itself home to 676 libraries, with Hyderabad city accounting for 90 of these.[1] In fact, this is a count of public libraries that fall under either the Directorate of Public Libraries—such as the State Central Library located in Afzalganj (Fig. 1.), or specific to the…
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