Ishita Roy

Journalism & History

Cancer- is a condition where abnormal cells of the body divide uncontrollably and destroy body tissues. But today we have it’s cure. And to make sure that the right information reaches to everyone, National Cancer Awareness Day is observed! Cancer- is a condition where abnormal cells of the body divide uncontr Read More

Queer History Through The Lens Of Indian Literature Going through literary sources, one can trace the queer history of India. Though it is an undeniable fact that the history wr


The Afghan Decision: to stay or to leave

Over a year ago, on 15 August 2021, the Taliban took over the capital city of Kabul and declared its control over Afghanistan. Ever since the takeover, human rights violations have rapidly increased forcing many Afghans to flee their homes and seek refuge in different countries. However, there were still some who chose to stay, still hopeful for their country.

Had you been in their shoes, what choice would you have made? Make your decisions with this ne

Shahjahanabad, an abode to Mughal era temples

Delhi: Recently, an Instagram series on #MughalEraMandir started by historian Rana Safvi and author Sam Dalrymple has won the hearts of netizens. Exploring the lanes of Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi), they have come across temples of Old Delhi, which were built under different Mughal Emperors. Contrasting the history plagued by bigotry that we read today, the series on Mughal-era temples highlights the harmonious culture that we have inherited.

Shahjahanabad is a fascinating place for any history en

Stories from the forgotten graves of Hazarat Nizamuddin

Amid the uproar, Delhi is also a city of hope and lost history. In search of this lost history, Ali Fraz Rezvi ventured out to find his great grandfather’s grave, buried almost a hundred years ago among the many forgotten graves of the Hazarat Nizamuddin. Unable to find his great-grandfather’s grave, he found other lost stories.

On June 12, Karwaan, The Heritage Exploration Initiative, a student-led initiative to revive the love for history, organised a heritage walk of such forgotten graves, l

Havelis of Shahjahanabad: Heritage in oblivion

Havelis in Old Delhi which once stood out for its grandeur, today tell the tale of the ever-evolving Delhi. Havelis at least a hundred years old are declared heritage buildings; this puts restrictions on even the owner's right to construct. However, the heritage status rarely makes a difference, as most of them lie in ruins.

Old Delhi- once known as Shahjahanabad, was the creation of the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, who wanted to distinguish himself from the other rulers. Fond of architecture,

Delhi's oldest Durga Puja returns to its pre-pandemic glory

Though people from across Delhi make a beeline to pandals in Chittaranjan Park, purists still head to the oldest Pujo in the capital–organised by the Bangla Senior Secondary School. To understand its significance, one must go back into the pages of history. It is believed that families from Bengal first migrated to Delhi way back in the 19th century. In 1864, a railway line was laid out, which connected Calcutta to Delhi, allowing many Bengalis to travel to and settle down in Delhi for better op

Harassment in College Campuses: Where Are the Safe Spaces?

“He seemed like a good person. A feminist. A revolutionary. Someone who ticked all the boxes. This made it very difficult for me to accept that people like him can also be [sexual] predators,” says Pihu*, a postgraduate student at the University of Delhi (DU).

The ‘he’ being spoken about here was a doctoral student from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), who was accused of multiple sexual harassment charges by DU students. “He approached me online. I looked up to him because he was a master’s s

The Legend Feroz Shah Kotla Fort

Firoz Shah, a great Tughlaq King from the 14th Century, was keen on grand buildings. Thus, he built a new palace named Firoz Shah Kotla along with three existing palaces. The palace was built by the bank of river Yamuna, and was named Firozashahbad. The palace served as a place of recreation with lush green leaves, a baoli or well, and large halls.

Due to the history plagued by bigotry that we read today, it is unimaginable but also the truth that the complex served as the symbol of harmony. Ne

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