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History, Southside | The real Cholas, in their time and ours

The history behind Ponniyin Selvan is much darker — and more fascinating — than we imagine

This is the most surprising of Ponniyin Selvan’s ideas: that medieval kings ruled, killed and conquered by the mandate of the people.
Published on Nov 02, 2022 08:10 PM IST

History, Southside: Medieval India’s queens: Were they feminist icons? Not Quite

In the medieval world, there is an untold story of formidable women who broke away from social confines, ruled kingdoms and built tall structures. But their visible power came at the cost of the invisibility of the unempowered women around them

Through medieval Indian queens are often seen as irrelevant or subservient to their husbands, they were among the most remarkable rulers in the subcontinent's history. Women in power are known from Tamil Nadu to Kashmir. (Shutterstock)
Published on Aug 30, 2022 09:44 PM IST

History, Southside | When India, SE Asia belonged to a globalised medieval world

Instead of seeing India as solely having influenced the east, it is more accurate to see India and its neighbours as sharing and developing a uniquely global Sanskritic culture together

The enormous stupa of Borobudur in Java, one of the largest buildings in the Indian Ocean world and among the largest Buddhist structures ever built.(Shutterstock)
Published on Jul 30, 2022 05:27 PM IST

History, Southside | Empires of sound and linguistic politics

South India's history and politics are complex and intertwined — and this is most evident in its languages. Here, I explore their vibrant and surprising past, including how the linguistic innovations of Southern India often outpaced those of the North.

For centuries, the languages of the South have had a turbulent relationship with each other and with those of the North. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 11:19 PM IST
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