Articles published in Swarajya Mag / Creative India

I also write for Swarajya Magazine and their publishing partner Creative India. These articles, while still on historical lines are more geared towards religion , culture , architecture etc.

Through these, I try to bring to light the religious and cultural revolution brought about by our ancestors as also the various common threads that bind one region of this country to another.

Please visit following links for my Swarjya Mag articles.

1. Devi Ahilyabai Holkar reignited cultural triumph

“The reign of Ahilyabai Holkar was the final triumph of the Maratha empire over the Mughal.” 

2. When Lord Jagannath witnessed the Great Maratha devotion

Architects of many victories, the new rulers not only pulled out Orissa and Jagannath Puri from the cruel jaws of demolition and destruction, they infused religious and cultural vigour into the vibrant temple life.

3. Dyes, colours, pigments in Assam

A variety of plants such as the kuhum (safflower), palash (flame of forest), indigo and Indian madder were used to produce specific colours. There are 175 dye yielding plants found in Assamese literature. Flowers, leaves, bark extracts, plant based products, lac, shells, lamp black, gold, and insects were used for making the dyes. Lac colours are more popular in eastern Assam.

4. Across the Brahmaputra with Lachit Barphukan

The great Assamese general knew his terrain, the brave river, the Mughals, and his battles well. Aneesh Gokhale follows his hero, this time, on foot in Guwahati, and returns drenched in history.

5. Chhatrapati Shivaji – Strategy of hill forts

He was aware that power in Maharashtra meant control of his strongholds. The visionary knew the science of building, using, protecting and empowering them to be victorious, says Aneesh Gokhale.

6. Chhatrapati Shivaji – Battle of Salher 

The years between 1670 and 1672 are perhaps the turning point in India’s history. Chhatrapati  Shivaji began a grand counter offensive against the Mughals that saw more than a dozen forts retaken through tact and bravery, followed by lightning raids into Baglan, Khandesh and Surat. He topped it with a total rout of the Mughal army of 40,000, and more, on the open fields near Salher. A naval attack on Jinjira was carried out, another threatened on Bharuch. All of this happened within two years.

7. Durga Malla – Gorkha soldier in INA

The Azad Hind Fauj and martyrs like Durga Malla made many Indian soldiers rethink their place in the British Indian Army, leading to the revolts of 1946.

8. Savarkar – The historian

The nation that has no consciousness of its past has no future. Equally true it is that a nation must develop its capacity not only of claiming a past, but also of knowing how to use it for the furtherance of its future.

—Vinayak Damodar Savarkar