British Raj

September 24, 2022
September 24, 2022

‘Nil Chhaya’ reconjures ghosts of Bengal’s Indigo Revolution

‘Nil Chhaya' connects the Indigo Revolt to the oppressions faced by present day garment factory workers in Bangladesh.

June 16, 2022
June 16, 2022
UK

Honouring the memory of South Asian nannies taken to London during British Raj

A building in London which housed many Asian women, including South Asian, who were taken to England as nannies during the British colonial rule, is going to be commemorated with a blue plaque, according to BBC.

March 17, 2022
March 17, 2022

Did British colonialism make South Asians prone to diabetes, cardiovascular diseases?

South Asians, especially people from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, are six times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to Europeans.

September 16, 2021
September 16, 2021

Tarana Husain Khan's 'The Begum and the Dastan': Patriarchy is a labyrinth that defies time

I am convinced that while writing her book, The Begum and the Dastan (Westland Publications, 2021), Tarana Husain Khan’s aim was to leave her readers in a literary stupor, dizzy and yearning for more.

September 2, 2021
September 2, 2021

Radhika Singha's 'The Coolie's Great War': The forgotten ones of World War I

As of December 31, 1919, a total of 1.4 million Indians were recruited to various theatres of the First World War. Among them, approximately 563,369 were “followers or non-combatants”.

April 24, 2016
April 24, 2016

150 years old press that still works

More than 150 years ago, Kangal Harinath Majumder, an employee of a British-owned indigo production factory, witnessed how cruelly the workers were being exploited by the zamindars and the British Raj, and he decided to do something about it. Harinath left the job as a tutor at his small village in Kushtia and decided to wage a war against such atrocities in his own way— by publishing news in his own newspaper.