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Use technology to improve governance

NITI Aayog released a discussion paper earlier this year, in which it identified use-cases where the technology can potentially improve governance ranging from tracing of drugs in the pharmaceutical supply chain to verification of education certificates.
The three key principles of blockchain technology are transparency, decentralisation and accountability(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The three key principles of blockchain technology are transparency, decentralisation and accountability(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Oct 09, 2020 01:44 PM IST
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ByRajesh Ranjan

UK’s National Trust acknowledges colonial links to its properties

At least 50 such properties in England and Wales are linked to the East India Company, whose employees earned fortunes in India and returned home to build large houses and live in splendour.
A statue to Robert Clive in Shrewsbury, Britain. His house in Claremont, Sussex, purchased from wealth he made in India and the Powis Castle in Wales, which has a large collection of Indian items are among properties managed by National Trust.(Reuters.)
A statue to Robert Clive in Shrewsbury, Britain. His house in Claremont, Sussex, purchased from wealth he made in India and the Powis Castle in Wales, which has a large collection of Indian items are among properties managed by National Trust.(Reuters.)
Updated on Sep 22, 2020 04:37 PM IST
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India must focus on digital infrastructure, data protection laws

The same technologies that have done a lot of good, however, also imperil India’s freedoms. They have widened the global equity gap, created echo chambers of disinformation and empowered a small group of foreign companies.
A VSNL communication centre lying in disuse.
A VSNL communication centre lying in disuse.
Updated on Aug 15, 2020 03:49 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByVivek Wadhwa

William Dalrymple’s next book being penned through lockdown

His magnum opus in 2019, ‘Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire’ has been his most successful and critically acclaimed work till date; but that has only encouraged historian William Dalrymple to scale even higher.
No newcomer to the concept of a lockdown, the author is wasting no time on a ‘time-out’; feverishly penning his next work.(Getty Images)
No newcomer to the concept of a lockdown, the author is wasting no time on a ‘time-out’; feverishly penning his next work.(Getty Images)
Updated on May 03, 2020 05:42 PM IST
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Why India’s oldest port is leasing area as big as London Docklands

India’s oldest operating port has hired property consultant JLL India to survey and digitize records of its land bank, Chairman Vinit Kumar said in an interview at his office in Kolkata.
The 150-year-old Kolkata Port is now focused on improving profitability after years of high costs.(Bloomberg FILE)
The 150-year-old Kolkata Port is now focused on improving profitability after years of high costs.(Bloomberg FILE)
Updated on Feb 26, 2020 10:25 AM IST
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Bloomberg | ByPradipta Mukherjee

Panel probing Bhima Koregaon violence given 2-month extension

The commission, comprising former Calcutta high court chief justice JN Patel and IAS officer Sumit Mullick, had written to the government saying it was facing a funds crunch.
Protests broke out in Pune on Jan 2018.(HT Photo)
Protests broke out in Pune on Jan 2018.(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 02, 2020 07:05 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByHT Correspondent

The Indian masters whom the British flocked to collect

In the 17th and 18th centuries, high ranking officials of the East India Company became the new patrons of local painters, and demanded realistically rendered flora, fauna and domestic scenes. This came to be called Company art, an exhibition of which is on display in London.
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Updated on Jan 10, 2020 07:03 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByDhamini Ratnam

Rare Indian art displayed in London exhibition

Titled ‘Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company’, the exhibition has opened at the Wallace Collection until April, showcasing artwork from various collections across the globe, curated by writer William Dalrymple.
Images of artwork at the London exhibition.(SOURCED.)
Images of artwork at the London exhibition.(SOURCED.)
Updated on Dec 05, 2019 06:42 AM IST
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HTLS 2019: Fundamentals of freedom will guide India’s future

Gradually, people in India started resisting the diktats of the colonial power. An event in 1885 gave birth to the Congress.
Farmers plant rice in Pune, Maharashtra. A conversation for the future must relate to bringing about structural changes in the modes of production(HT Photo)
Farmers plant rice in Pune, Maharashtra. A conversation for the future must relate to bringing about structural changes in the modes of production(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 06, 2019 09:23 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByKapil Sibal

HT Picks: The most interesting books of the week

This week’s good reads include paintings by forgotten Indian masters, a book on a spymaster, and one on how to free your mind
Exquisite paintings, the life of a genius spymaster, and a book on freeing your mind - all that on the reading list this week!(HT Team)
Exquisite paintings, the life of a genius spymaster, and a book on freeing your mind - all that on the reading list this week!(HT Team)
Updated on Nov 29, 2019 06:38 PM IST
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The French lieutenants’ paintings

What were French soldiers doing in India in the 18th century? This exhibition holds a clue
, features French soldier and man of influence, Claude Martin (on a couch wearing a red coat).(Photo courtesy: BNF)
, features French soldier and man of influence, Claude Martin (on a couch wearing a red coat).(Photo courtesy: BNF)
Published on Nov 29, 2019 05:08 PM IST
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McCluskieganj, Tagore Hill and more: Places you must visit when in Ranchi

Ranchi was already famous before MS Dhoni in the eyes of tourists for various reasons. Before the Indian Independence, it was considered a hill station and even after it, because of its salubrious climate, people flocked to it in search of better health.
Ranchi is a part of the Chota Nagpur hilly tracts and this region was ruled by the Nagvanshi Dynasty who supposedly started their rule from the early years of the Christian era till the time they became tributaries to the British East India Company.
Ranchi is a part of the Chota Nagpur hilly tracts and this region was ruled by the Nagvanshi Dynasty who supposedly started their rule from the early years of the Christian era till the time they became tributaries to the British East India Company.
Updated on Nov 11, 2019 07:23 PM IST
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BySaurav Ranjan Datta

Review: The Steel Frame by Deepak Gupta

The Steel Frame is an addition to the extensive body of literature on the Indian Administrative Service
Charles Cornwallis (1738-1805), Governor-General of India, who sowed the seed which grew into the IAS.(Bettmann Archive)
Charles Cornwallis (1738-1805), Governor-General of India, who sowed the seed which grew into the IAS.(Bettmann Archive)
Published on Oct 25, 2019 07:48 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | BySujoy Gupta

Two Rembrandts are on display at the CSMVS. Check them out now

The etchings are part of an exhibition on artistic exchanges between Indian and the Netherlands in the 17th century.
Abraham Welcoming the Angels, a drypoint etching by Rembrandt circa 1656, from the collection of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Note how he etched Abraham in non-European clothing, with the countenance of a Sufi cleric.(CSMVS)
Abraham Welcoming the Angels, a drypoint etching by Rembrandt circa 1656, from the collection of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Note how he etched Abraham in non-European clothing, with the countenance of a Sufi cleric.(CSMVS)
Published on Oct 17, 2019 08:33 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByVanessa Viegas

William Dalrymple’s latest book charts the course of The East India Company

Author William Dalrymple’s new release is a result of six years of extensive research on East India Company and their ruthless pursuit of power.
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Updated on Sep 11, 2019 05:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByNavneet Vyasan

Book Review: William Dalrymple’s tome to perils of corporate power abuse

The towering 522-page tome, which was in the making for six painstaking years, thoroughly dissects the machinations of the East India Company (EIC).
Historian, writer, art curator, as also an award-winning broadcaster and critic, William Dalrymple has written a new book titled The Anarchy - The East India Company, Corporate Violence, And The Pillage Of An Empire.(Mayank Austen Soofi/HT Photo)
Historian, writer, art curator, as also an award-winning broadcaster and critic, William Dalrymple has written a new book titled The Anarchy - The East India Company, Corporate Violence, And The Pillage Of An Empire.(Mayank Austen Soofi/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 25, 2019 02:25 PM IST
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Indo Asian News Service | ByIndo Asian News Service, New Delhi

New book captures brilliance of Ranjit Singh’s polity, rule

Given the vastness of the subject, the book focuses on Ranjit Singh’s cosmopolitan Sikh court in Lahore.
One of the early master strokes of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s reign was a treaty with the East India Company(HT Photo)
One of the early master strokes of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s reign was a treaty with the East India Company(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 19, 2019 07:02 PM IST
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Malavika’s Mumbaistan: A Woman Thing?

Both women had distinguished themselves with their sterling commitment and loyalties to their respective parties.
Sushma Swaraj abd Sheila Dixit
Sushma Swaraj abd Sheila Dixit
Updated on Aug 08, 2019 09:19 AM IST
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ByMalavika Sangghvi

Is the TV show Beecham House a case of Raj nostalgia? Two British historians weigh in

The series is critical of the East India Company, but has received negative reviews for it’s White saviour complex.
Beecham House follows a former East India Company soldier, John Beecham, as he returns to Delhi to become a trader in the late 18th century.
Beecham House follows a former East India Company soldier, John Beecham, as he returns to Delhi to become a trader in the late 18th century.
Updated on Aug 03, 2019 05:58 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByManik Sharma

The war of 1857 was much more than just a sepoy mutiny or a peasant revolt

It was an assertion of the sociocultural identity of Bharatiya society which was under attack by the British
India, Sepoy Rebellion (1857). One can say cultural nationalism was at the core of the first war of independence in 1857(UIG via Getty Images)
India, Sepoy Rebellion (1857). One can say cultural nationalism was at the core of the first war of independence in 1857(UIG via Getty Images)
Updated on Jun 03, 2019 09:35 PM IST
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ByArun Anand

UK to raise new battalion of Gurkha Rifles, hails their bravery, sacrifice

The Theresa May government in United Kingdom on Monday announced plans to establish a new battalion of Royal Gurkha Rifles, which has a history dating to the East India Company, and saw action in the two World Wars and several contemporary conflicts.
The Theresa May government in United Kingdom on Monday announced plans to establish a new battalion of Royal Gurkha Rifles, which has a history dating to the East India Company, and saw action in the two World Wars and several contemporary conflicts.(AFP)
The Theresa May government in United Kingdom on Monday announced plans to establish a new battalion of Royal Gurkha Rifles, which has a history dating to the East India Company, and saw action in the two World Wars and several contemporary conflicts.(AFP)
Updated on Mar 12, 2019 08:28 AM IST
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HT Picks: The Most Interesting Books of the Week

This week’s reading list includes a history of modern south India, a biography of an enduring star, and a biography of a city
The biography of a film star and one of a city, and a history of south India all feature on HT Picks this week.(HT Team)
The biography of a film star and one of a city, and a history of south India all feature on HT Picks this week.(HT Team)
Updated on Dec 14, 2018 10:02 PM IST
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This Mumbai exhibition showcases rare artworks from the colonial era

Art historian Dilnavaz Mehta’s Rare Finds exhibition puts the spotlight on artworks, maps and books that date back to the colonial era.
Festival of Buckrah Eade, Outside the fort at Delhi by John Luard, 1832-38(Courtesy: Dilnavaz Mehta)
Festival of Buckrah Eade, Outside the fort at Delhi by John Luard, 1832-38(Courtesy: Dilnavaz Mehta)
Updated on Nov 30, 2018 12:19 PM IST
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How the British impoverished India

When the Crown took over from the Company, from 1861 a clever system was developed under which all of India’s financial gold and forex earnings from its fast-rising commodity export surplus with the world, was intercepted and appropriated by Britain
The British historians Phyllis Deane and WA Cole presented an incorrect estimate of Britain’s 18th-19th century trade volume, by leaving out re-exports completely. I found that by 1800 Britain’s total trade was 62% higher than their estimate, on applying the correct definition of trade including re-exports, that is used by the United Nations and by all other international organisations.(REUTERS)
The British historians Phyllis Deane and WA Cole presented an incorrect estimate of Britain’s 18th-19th century trade volume, by leaving out re-exports completely. I found that by 1800 Britain’s total trade was 62% higher than their estimate, on applying the correct definition of trade including re-exports, that is used by the United Nations and by all other international organisations.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 30, 2018 01:02 PM IST
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ByUtsa Patnaik

Whose curry is it anyway?

The British curry tradition dates back to 1747 and has little to do with ours. As for Japanese curry? Revolting!
Indians are keen to claim ownership of curries, wherever in the world we find them(Shutterstock)
Indians are keen to claim ownership of curries, wherever in the world we find them(Shutterstock)
Updated on Sep 23, 2018 12:30 AM IST
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Bhima Koregaon violence: Suicide victim’s kin embrace Buddhism, allege discrimination

Suresh Sakat, who has been given police security, claimed that the family took ‘diksha’ (conversion to Buddhism) after the adherents of their previous faith failed to provide justice to them ever since the family became a target of the rightwing forces.
Police officials keeps a watch around the vijay stambha (victory memorial) in Bhima Koregaon in Pune on May 8, 2018. Violence had erupted when Dalit groups were celebrating the bicentenary of the Bhima Koregaon battle in which the forces of the British East India Company defeated the Peshwa’s army.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Police officials keeps a watch around the vijay stambha (victory memorial) in Bhima Koregaon in Pune on May 8, 2018. Violence had erupted when Dalit groups were celebrating the bicentenary of the Bhima Koregaon battle in which the forces of the British East India Company defeated the Peshwa’s army.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 06, 2018 02:32 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByNadeem Inamdar

Three things Karl Marx got mostly right

Karl Marx was absolutely right — the British conquered India with the vilest motives, but they were yet an unconscious tool of history, in that they compelled the best Indians to look into the mirror, to examine what was flawed in their society and to work strenuously to correct this
Karl Marx may have been the first major thinker who focused on the vital importance of technology in shaping social life(Mohit Suneja)
Karl Marx may have been the first major thinker who focused on the vital importance of technology in shaping social life(Mohit Suneja)
Updated on May 06, 2018 11:08 PM IST
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Bhima Koregaon woman whose house was burnt in violence found dead in well

Her family alleged that some persons, whom she had named as culprits in her statement to the police were threatening and pressurising her to withdraw her statement.
The body was found in a well near her house in Bhima Koregaon village on Sunday.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The body was found in a well near her house in Bhima Koregaon village on Sunday.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Apr 23, 2018 09:11 PM IST
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UK historian wants 1857 revolt soldier’s skull to be buried at India-Pak border

Dr Kim Wagner has suggested the skull be buried near the Ravi River, at the border between India and Pakistan, where Alum Bheg was known to have participated in the Battle of Trimmu Ghat.
The historian has triggered “tentative discussions” on the issue with diplomats in India and the UK, but acknowledges that these things take time and does not expect a resolution in the immediate future.(HT Archives)
The historian has triggered “tentative discussions” on the issue with diplomats in India and the UK, but acknowledges that these things take time and does not expect a resolution in the immediate future.(HT Archives)
Published on Apr 15, 2018 11:28 AM IST
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A curious old tale for a new cycle of time: Shebaba by Renuka Narayanan

A quaint story from the annual Kapalishwar festival of Mylapore is a reminder that the Eternal God is far above human conflicts and quarrels.
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(Getty Images / iStockphoto)
Updated on Apr 15, 2018 08:40 AM IST
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