History

Esther Leach of Calcutta

By early nineteenth century the English had transformed Calcutta so much that it quickly pleased the eyes of the newest Englishman in the city. There were these big mansions, government buildings like the ones in London, there were Landaulets, Barouches criss-crossing the wide Calcutta streets. There was every comfort that a proud Englishman could think of. As far entertainment was concerned Calcutta was not far behind, occasionally there were would

Some facts about Akbar

Here are some lesser known facts about Akbar. Original Name: Jallaluddin Muhammad Akbar as he came to be known was in reality his second name. The original name after birth was Badruddin Muhammad, ‘Badruddin’ meaning full moon of the religion as he was born in a full moon night. The Mughals generally kept names with the suffix “uddin” which means of religion. Following this tradition the names of the top

A BRIEF HISTORY OF SANTAL HUL OF 1855

A BRIEF HISTORY OF SANTAL HUL OF 1855 The Santal Hul of 1855 is a momentous event in the history of World. Looking back at the events which unfolded 162 years ago through a historical perspective, one can envisage that it was one of the rare occasions in human history where people considered as timid, ignorant, and savage took up arms against the mightiest Empire in history. The British Empire

JESUITS AND AKBAR

The bustling coastal city of Goa suddenly filled with talks of the arrival of Mughal messengers to the Archbishops and the Provincial of Jesuits. In September 1579, the messengers handed over a letter from the Great Mughal, which read, “I am sending Abdullah, my ambassador, and Dominic Perez, with the request that you will send me two learned Fathers, and the books of Law, especially the Gospel, that I may

THE FALL OF SERINGAPATAM, END OF THE FINAL ENEMY

I have discussed the background to this war in a former article, now this entire discussion about the battle is going to be pretty long.  I have also narrated that three armies from three sides were marching into Seringapatam to hunt down Tipu. Here we will elaborate the armies and the general plan of attack in little detail. The general plan of the campaign was for the principal army to

The Siege of Seringapatam: The Begining

If Lord Clive laid the foundation stone of East India’s Company’s strong bastion in Bengal, the Wellesley brothers were the architect of the Company’s expansion in India. They constructed the Manhattan of British Empire in India on the theory that Clive had exposed, the latter had shown the weak state of India rulers. In pen and paper the Company was a puny army, but on the field it was something

BANKING IN MUGHAL INDIA

INTRODUCTION TO THE TRADE IN MUGHAL EMPIRE                 The Mughal Empire was one of the biggest centres of attraction for trade and commerce all over the World. There were great flourishing trade centres in Lahore, Agra, Ahmadabad, Sironj, Berhampore, Dhaka, Patna, Benares, Golconda, Deccan, Bijapur, and Daulatabad. Trade routes crisscrossed the country, the vibrant trade route of Surat-Agra passed through Sironj and Burhanpur. In fact Burhanpur had trade connections with

BROTHERS IN ARMS:THE DAYS OF THE GREAT REBELLION

It is difficult to portray a man, about whom we know very little, whatever information we have is unsystematic, unorganized and shrouded in mystery. Yet the hero of the Santhal Rebellion is an unrecognized towering figure in Indian history. This extraordinary character changed everything that was becoming so usual in India, the collapse of Empires, and Emperors, the downsizing of rulers and their estates, the forced austerity upon nobles and