Colombo’s cast-iron telegraph and electricity poles have a fascinating tale to tell

Colombo’s cast-iron telegraph and electricity poles have a fascinating tale to tell

By Dr. Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai/newsin.asia Ruins or remains of material culture in urban areas help us reconstruct important historical episodes. Telegraph and electricity ruins across the British colonies are a witness to the gradual evolution of the system of communication. Roads built or renovated across colonial Ceylon also have fascinating stories to tell. Thus, a close study of the many...

Significance of International Mother Language Day

Significance of International Mother Language Day

By Dr. Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai/newsin.asia Many years ago, working in the Kolkata station of All India Radio, it was an interesting to find a special place being given to a tribal language called Santali. News and other programs were broadcast in this little known language. Programmes in Santali continue to this day and are popular along with broadcasts in Bengali,...

The South Asian court jester was more than an entertainer

The South Asian court jester was more than an entertainer

By Dr. Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai Court jesters in South Asian history were not “jokers” nor were they mere entertainers who lightened the stiff and ritualistic atmosphere in the courts of Asiatic potentates. Their sharp wit and pithy remarks were invariably backed by wisdom which was often used by the monarchs to good effect, sometimes even to get out of sticky...

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