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Dravidians, Aryans, and the question of how India/South Asia got its people

[This write-up is also available on the website Quora, here] The humans (Homo sapiens) who first arrived in India were those early adventurers who left Africa – that is where our ‘modern human’ species first evolved – around 60000 years ago to reach India via land. Countless waves of migration happened later, and all of… Continue reading Dravidians, Aryans, and the question of how India/South Asia got its people

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The British colonial origins of gravity-defying ancient Indian science

This was published in thewire.in on 13 January 2019. Here is the link, and below is an excerpt. All such developments from the 1800s gave rise to a trend that we sadly never fully abandoned. Faced with constant assaults on their traditions, the then-elite Hindus found solace and self-respect in ancient texts, and maybe didn’t… Continue reading The British colonial origins of gravity-defying ancient Indian science

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Why do some Indians like to obsessively make outrageous claims about ‘ancient Indian science’?

I wrote the following as an answer to the question on Quora What were some of the global events that had the greatest impact on the history of India? I will write about a very obvious global event and its very under-appreciated impacts on India’s history. The event is British colonialism. The underappreciated impacts are… Continue reading Why do some Indians like to obsessively make outrageous claims about ‘ancient Indian science’?

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How to address the entrenched inequalities and injustices in India as an ordinary citizen

I wrote the following as an answer to the question ‘What are the common forms of inequality prevailing in India‘ on the platform Quora: We have, in every city and town, and every village, a large section of people – of human beings, of folks like us – who do not possess even the basic… Continue reading How to address the entrenched inequalities and injustices in India as an ordinary citizen

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The “oppressive” history of family planning and population control in India

I wrote this for Swaddle on July 8 2018. Here is the original article. I based it primarily on the book ‘Reproductive Restraints: Birth Control in India, 1877-1947’ by historian Sanjam Ahluwalia of Northern Arizona University Below are some excerpts: Birth control began in India not as a free choice by individuals to manage their fertility, but as… Continue reading The “oppressive” history of family planning and population control in India