The Indus Valley Civilisation: Lost and found after 5000 years

The Indus Valley Civilisation: Lost and found after 5000 years

The Indus Valley Civilization was one of the oldest known cultures that flourished in the Indian Subcontinent between c. 3300- c. 1300 BCE. Mentioned first in Vedic Sources, this ancient civilisation is often referred to as The Indus Saraswathi Civilization or the Harappan Civilisation due to its situation along the Indus and Saraswathi rivers and [...]

Book Review- Creating a New Medina by Venkat Dhulipala

Book Review- Creating a New Medina by Venkat Dhulipala

Creating a New Medina authored by Venkat Dhulipala is an insightful and deftly crafted book, that provides a fresh perspective to long-established scholarship on the creation of Pakistan and its conceptions. Past historical accounts on its origins have been founded on the fundamental premise that Pakistan was a “bargaining counter”, an idea that was insufficiently [...]

An analysis of “Jinnah: His Successes, Failures and Role in History” by Ishtiaq Ahmed

An analysis of “Jinnah: His Successes, Failures and Role in History” by Ishtiaq Ahmed

Through the book, Ahmed puts forward arguments outlining the primary causes attributed to Jinnah's success and recognition as a leader in the buildup to the partition. One of the primary arguments that Ahmed focuses extensively on is the idea that the initial lack of success of the Quit India Movement was a pivotal step in [...]

Book review: The Sole Spokesman by Ayesha Jalal

Book review: The Sole Spokesman by Ayesha Jalal

The Sole Spokesman by Ayesha Jalal is a book takes a strong stand against the common teleological assumption that “the end result of the … partition was the ultimate goal of Muslim politics” and Jinnah in the years leading up to 1947. Through the book, Jalal’s arguments aim to explain Jinnah’s nuanced motives at the [...]

The Bengal Famine- The lesser known story

The long lines of people waiting for food India post colonisation and the legacy the Raj left behind will remain etched in the aeons of history. Stories of atrocities, human rights violations and the oppression by the Raj have been continually retold. One such atrocity that the British to this day continue to be condemned [...]

The Indus Waters Treaty of 1960

The Indus Waters Treaty of 1960

A map showing the flow of rivers as per the treaty “One bright spot ... in a very depressing world picture that we see so often”. This was a famous statement that the former US president, Dwight Eisenhower used to describe the Indus Waters Treaty, one of the most “successful international treaties has survived frequent [...]