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Different forms of work make up the practice of war, one in which actual combat is only the most spectacular. In the British army in India, it was native Indian labour which did the menial work of... [Item of the Day]
Indian troops arrived on the European continent at the end of September 1914 to fight in the Great War. They had been basically trained for colonial warfare in warm climates and were woefully short... [Item of the Day]
The Andaman Islands lie in the Bay of Bengal to the south of Kolkata. In 1858 a convict settlement was established on the principal island. On 8 February 1872, the Viceroy of India Richard Bourke, on... [Item of the Day]
The Indian Textile Labour Association TLA was founded as the outcome of a strike in the Ahmenabad textile industry which broke out on 4 December 1917. This day was commemorated as majoor din (labour... [Item of the Day]
The first auction of Assam tea on January 10, 1839, in London created a lot of excitement.  Connoisseurs described it as 'good, middling, strong, high burnt, rather smoky,….” The great Assam tea... [Item of the Day]
In the 1790s three wars against British rule in India were fought by Hyder Ali and his son Tipu (1750-1799), Muslim ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore in the South of India. Tipu Sultan and his followers... [Item of the Day]
The legendary Indian dak (mail) runner faced many dangers and he was armed with a spear to protect himself against wild animals. A runner carrying mail from Calcutta towards Moondepore Tuppa was... [Item of the Day]
'Nildarpan' or the 'Indigo Planting Mirror', a play on the Bengal indigo plantation written by Dinabandhu Mitra, was first performed on 7 December 1872 in Jorasanko, West Bengal. The play evoked the... [Item of the Day]
The peasant rising in 1946 in Telengana (in Hyderabad, South India) was directed against forced labour and feudal oppression. Later it developed into an agrarian liberation struggle to eliminate the... [Item of the Day]
In 1951 Vinoba Bhave, a follower of Ghandi, started his peace march on foot through the violence-torn region of Telangana (India). On April 18, in a meeting with the villagers at Pochampalli, the... [Item of the Day]