Antarctic and beyond: In conversation with Dr. Rasik Ravindra

Today we are very pleased to have Prof Rasik Ravindra former Director of National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), to talk about Life in Antarctica. He has served as the Director of NCAOR for six years from January 2006- August 2012. He has been conducting and guiding scientific research in Antarctic, Arctic and Southern Ocean. Dr. Ravindra has led Indian Expeditions to Higher Himalaya, Antarctic, Arctic and South

In Conversation with Professor Peter Birkelund Andersen

 I am very pleased to have Dr. Peter Birkelund Andersen, Associate Professor in the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies in the University of Copenhagen. Dr. Andersen’s main research themes are social changes and changes in religion and culture. In his four years research work in India, he spent a year in a Santhal village where he learned the Santhali language. In 2010 he was in the India Office Library

In Conversation with Jean Dreze

Jean Drèze has lived in India since 1979 and became an Indian citizen in 2002. He studied Mathematical Economics at the University of Essex and did his PhD at the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi. He has taught at the London School of Economics and the Delhi School of Economics, and is currently Visiting Professor at the Department of Economics, Ranchi University as well as Honorary Professor at the Delhi

In Conversation with Dr. Daniel Rycroft

Dr. Rycroft, Thank you for giving me the opportunity to take this interview.  It is a great pleasure to talk to you especially on the 158th year of Santhal Rebellion. For over two decades through your research projects and personal interest you have associated with the Adivasis and closely observed their life and culture. You have also organized many International Conferences and Exhibition on the Adivasis. The exhibitions, documentary films,

Seven Maharanis

We will touch a different topic today, and since we love history this will be a page from an almost forgotten chapter of Indian History. In the days of democracy, monarchy appears a closed and forgotten episode, it of course is, however we are not completely oblivious about the splendor connected with it. If this had been be the case, the palaces, gardens of the famous monarchs would be least visited place by tourists but that

Bangarh a medieval relic

Approximately 1.7 kilometres North-East of the Gangarampur Bridge over the Punarbhaba River lies the lost city of Devkot ,locally known as Bangarh. Bangarh, since it was traditionally regarded as the capital of the demon king Banasura. Francis Hamilton Buchanan was one of the first to understand the historical significance of the ruins of Bangarh. “The great number of stones in these ruins, and a vast many, have been removed by

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 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


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