Yale University in the USA is famous for liberal education. In 2016, it ran into an awkward situation. Liberals loudly demanded that the name of Calhoun College, an affiliated college, be changed. Calhoun, a former US Vice President, had once declared slavery as a “positive good” for America; this was against the very humanistic values that Yale stood for. After much dithering, Yale yielded. In 2017, they removed Calhoun’s portrait from the College and changed its name. That was just the start.
The Pious Armenian of Madras: Coja Petrus Uscan
TRAIL ADMIN , April 22, 2020 , 1 Comment
The Armenians started coming to Madras (old Chennai) around the 16th century. Most of them migrated from Julfa, a suburb of Isfahan in Persia, because Madras was fast becoming a cosmopolitan trade centre.
The Indian Travelogue of Niccolao Manucci
TRAIL ADMIN , April 15, 2020 , LEAVE A COMMENT
When the Mughal Prince, Dara Shikoh was defeated by his brother, Aurangzeb, he had an Italian artilleryman in his employ by the name of Nicolau Manucci. According to Manucci, he was offered the chance to join Aurangzeb’s army but he decided to flee instead. In his memoir, Storia do Mogor (or Story of the Mughal), Manucci paints a fabulous picture of his life and casts himself as the long-suffering hero and Aurangzeb as the evil villain, his arch-nemesis. But can we believe him?
The Pirate-Admiral of the Konkan
TRAIL ADMIN , April 8, 2020 , LEAVE A COMMENT
The main base of the Western Naval Command in Mumbai is, like all naval bases, named as a ship would be. It’s called the INS Angre. If you ever have the pleasure of visiting the naval base, you can spot an imposing statue taking pride of place. It is the statue of a fierce warrior of the Maratha Empire, sporting an even fiercer moustache. This is the base’s namesake, Admiral Kanhoji Angre, one of the Indian Navy’s historical heroes.
- The Yale Controversy JULY 8, 2020
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