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Rudrangshu Mukherjee

The forgotten revolutionary

The background of Rash Behari Bose bore none of the marks of privilege and distinction that were so prominent in the career of Subhas Chandra

The forgotten revolutionary
Updated On : 29 Dec 2023 | 10:45 PM IST

A 'search' for Ashoka

Olivelle has written a thought-provoking book. He has scrupulously avoided the hagiographic sources about Ashoka because he feels they contain too many uncertainties

A 'search' for Ashoka
Updated On : 13 Oct 2023 | 10:48 PM IST

Maulana Azad: Proud Indian, proud Muslim

Azad, according to Dr Habib, was not comfortable in the presence of a crowd. He sought the solitude that is conducive to scholarship

Maulana Azad: Proud Indian, proud Muslim
Updated On : 22 May 2023 | 10:38 PM IST

The last days of Mughal Delhi

The best sections in the book are those that deal with the revolt of 1857 in Delhi

The last days of Mughal Delhi
Updated On : 13 Mar 2023 | 11:09 PM IST

A hundred years of Anandabazar Patrika: In black and white and red

A voice of protest, of struggles and aspirations, Anandabazar Patrika embodied the spirit of a nation in the making, writes Rudrangshu Mukherjee

A hundred years of Anandabazar Patrika: In black and white and red
Updated On : 23 Mar 2022 | 9:22 AM IST

Massacre in a Bagh

Datta's book made it clear that the horror of the massacre shaped the making of Gandhi and the nationalist movement he led

Massacre in a Bagh
Updated On : 26 Apr 2021 | 10:59 PM IST

Archaeologist as public servant

Nayanjot Lahiri deftly portrays the career of one of independent India's pre-eminent but little-known archaeologists

Archaeologist as public servant
Updated On : 02 Jan 2021 | 1:08 PM IST

The spy who loved humanity

A new biography of Klaus Fuchs, the celebrated physicist who passed nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union, forces readers to rethink their idea of what constitutes treason

The spy who loved humanity
Updated On : 08 Aug 2020 | 2:17 PM IST

Dinyar Patel's book, Naoroji, fills a gap in major historical scholarship

Historical scholarship has been so preoccupied with the later nationalists - Gandhi, Patel, Nehru, Bose et al - that it has neglected, or been indifferent to, the individual who started it all.

Dinyar Patel's book, Naoroji, fills a gap in major historical scholarship
Updated On : 26 Jun 2020 | 10:24 PM IST

Maoism: A Global History is a milestone in describing a harrowing legacy

Julia Lovell's book on Maoism is concerned with understanding the phenomenon of Maoism when it swept the globe, in some places politically and in most places ideologically and intellectually.

Maoism: A Global History is a milestone in describing a harrowing legacy
Updated On : 08 May 2020 | 9:58 PM IST

The art of cricket: A book on the life, foibles and all, of Neville Cardus

Hamilton has written a marvellous book about a now-forgotten figure. It will be enjoyed by all those who remember and value cricket

The art of cricket: A book on the life, foibles and all, of Neville Cardus
Updated On : 09 Nov 2019 | 12:10 AM IST

Book review: No clash of cultures in India during the Persianate age

Richard Eaton employs rich empirical detail to demonstrate that intellectual encounters between the Sanskrit and Persian worlds were not tied to any one religion and that the two were not hostile

Book review: No clash of cultures in India during the Persianate age
Updated On : 16 Aug 2019 | 9:27 PM IST

People cannot be taken for granted in democracy, says Rohit De's new book

Rohit De's carefully crafted history shows that the people and their awareness of their own rights cannot be taken for granted or ridden roughshod by the state and political parties

People cannot be taken for granted in democracy, says Rohit De's new book
Updated On : 31 May 2019 | 8:40 PM IST

The British in India: Gilmour's book typifies revisionist history writing

Gilmour reconstructs the lives of the Britons in India with loving detail but one misses the distance that separated the rulers from the ruled

The British in India: Gilmour's book typifies revisionist history writing
Updated On : 18 Jan 2019 | 10:11 PM IST

Book review: Ramachandra Guha's meticulous reconstruction of Gandhi's life

The detail in Ramachandra Guha's magisterial biography occasionally comes at the cost of interpretation and meaning

Book review: Ramachandra Guha's meticulous reconstruction of Gandhi's life
Updated On : 13 Oct 2018 | 12:03 AM IST

The Skull of Alum Bheg: Wagner unfolds chapter of 1857 uprising in Sialkot

The skull of Alum Bheg should perhaps stay in England to remind 'civilised' Englishmen how their forefathers dealt with recalcitrant colonial subjects

The Skull of Alum Bheg: Wagner unfolds chapter of 1857 uprising in Sialkot
Updated On : 27 Apr 2018 | 11:12 PM IST

Aurangzeb, unreconstructed myth

This is a very disappointing book on a very important subject. Aurangzeb still awaits his historian

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Updated On : 14 Mar 2017 | 10:44 PM IST

King of hearts

Rosie Llewellyn-Jones has written a well-researched book on Wajid Ali Shah, Awadh's ill-fated last ruler, but ignores the significant cultural context of his reign in Lucknow

King of hearts
Updated On : 26 Jul 2014 | 1:31 AM IST