What Narendra Modi and Nirmala Sitharaman can learn from the Mughals, the Marathas—and the Maharaja of Mysore—on direct cash transfer to India’s needy

With millions suddenly thrown out of jobs due to closures and shutdowns following the COVID outbreak, or deprived of a source of livelihood, governments across the world have rushed to …

Banks, lamps, oil, paints, paper, planes, power, soap, silk, steel, sugar: the precocious Maharaja who made Mysore “self-reliant”—a century before Narendra Modi could say ‘atma nirbhar’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s tongue-twisting call for an “Atmanirbhar Bharat” has evoked the usual gloating among the devout who still can’t get over Niti Aayog’s nursery-school alliteration, “vocal for local”. …

Was the last Maharaja of Mysore really a musical whiz, as his courtiers claim? Or, was the king merely passing off a subject’s work as his own, as R.K. Narayan alleged?

The centenary anniversary of the birth of the last Maharaja of Mysore, Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar (1919-1974), has kicked off in the erstwhile kingdom, in a renewed burst of royalty that is …

250 years ago, Tipu Sultan and his father Hyder Ali were not just fighting the British in India. They were also inspiring America’s independence movement.

In the Cesspool of Conspicuous Communalism that India is lapping around, is there anything more ridiculous than the sight of pusillanimous pygmies—who ducked the Quit India movement; grovelled before the …

Once upon a time, the RSS chief had the largeness of heart to call Sanjay Khan’s rendition of Tipu Sultan “patriotic”

‘Tipu Jayanti’, the commemoration of the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan, is round the corner, and you can virtually hear the usual cliche—“Tiger or Tyrant?”—being sharpened by the usual cliques. …