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Deepashree Dutta
Dr Pius Malekandathil is a historian and professor at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The focus of his work is the maritime history of the Indian Ocean, with an emphasis on Portuguese history. He has authored numerous books and articles, including The Indian…
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Deepashree Dutta
‘Playful are these boats of the pirates/harmads, they marched, keeping time as it were, with the motion of the waves! Like the vultures that hovered the sea, they marched flapping their wings of sail.’[1] The above lines are from the ballad of Nuranneha and the Grave, believed to have been composed…
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Deepashree Dutta
The Portuguese arrived in India in 1498. From the early sixteenth century they began to gradually trickle into Bengal. However, in contrast to the western coast, Portuguese presence in the coast of Bengal was primarily characterised by private initiatives, giving the settlement a unique nature. The…
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Anwesha Sengupta
Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) has witnessed a few turbulent decades after Independence. Deeply affected by India’s Partition, it received millions of refugees in the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s. The refugee crisis coincided with a series of mass upheavals, with a cross-section of the city’s…
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Anwesha Sengupta
Dr Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay is assistant professor in history and political economy at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali. He is a scholar of history, historical anthropology and political economy. His research projects explore themes in informality, infrastructure…
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Anwesha Sengupta
Calcutta (Kolkata) was deeply affected by the partition of British India. Sir Cyril Radcliffe’s line that separated the eastern wing of Pakistan (present-day Bangladesh) from India had devastating consequences for the region’s economy and society. Calcutta, being the most important urban centre of…
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Anwesha Sengupta
Kolkata/Calcutta had witnessed a series of popular movements in the first three decades after Independence/Partition. These movements, led by Left political parties, witnessed massive participation of students and teachers, refugees and labourers, women and the middle class. They came out on the…
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বিশ্বজিৎ হালদার (Biswajit Halder)
বাঙালির সঙ্গীতচর্চার একটি বিশেষ ধারা তরজাগান। যদিও সময়ের সাথে সাথে এই ধারা আজ হারাতে বসেছে তার কৌলিন্য, তবু এর মধ্যে লোকরঞ্জনের যে আশ্চর্য ক্ষমতা বোধ করি তার ফলেই গ্রামীণ সমাজ আজও টিকিয়ে রেখেছে এই দেশীয়রীতির সঙ্গীত-নাট্যধারাটি। বর্তমান দিনে রামায়ণ-মহাভারত-বেদ-পুরাণদির কাহিনির পাশাপাশি নিরক্ষরতা…
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