I write a fort – nightly column for DNA Newspaper which is based out of Mumbai. Through these, I try to present a view of history not usually covered in school textbooks, hence the name #Alternate Histories. Short essays about little known facts spanning the length and breadth of both space and time.
Please follow these links for the original articles as they appear on the DNA website. Each article is 800 words long. Happy reading
Do you know that Assam also produced a very brave general by the name of Lachit Borphukan? He fought against the Mughals at the same time as Chhatrapati Shivaji!
Let’s learn a bit more about this forgotten warrior.
“This is all so exhilarating. And it happened right around here. I feel proud. Unfortunate that I have never heard of this great victory over the British”
The old soldier, wearing a worn-out sepoy uniform, let out a puff of smoke. He wanted to talk about his inspiration – Maniram Dewan.
“This place is a turning point for India’s history” he remarked to his friend Rakesh.
But the way our current narrative is contructed, we tend to give undue importance to defeat and ignore victory — which is detrimental as a whole
The victorious Vasai campaign led by the brother of Peshwa Bajirao against a formidable colonial force was a watershed
For three centuries from 712 AD to 1001 AD, Indian kings kept Arab invaders at bay !
How Sardar Patel tore up Jinnah’s “blank cheque” and averted Jodhpur’s possible merger with Pakistan
The great Ahom king Rudra Singha had mobilised 4 lakh soldiers to invade Mughal-ruled Bengal, but his untimely death at Guwahati stalled the campaign
Sayajirao ushered in progressive reforms and modern amenities and towered over the other princes loyal to the British Raj
Hemu, the last Hindu ruler of Delhi, has left behind a legacy of courage in the face of overwhelming odds