Quit India movement – A damp squib in madras

In 1942 the Congress met in Bombay. The nation was strife with rumours that a mega event of the freedom movement was in the offing and a nervousness on part of the colonial establishment was perceptible. Even the archbishop of Canterbury in his weekly prayer asked people to keep India in their prayers. Gandhi maintained…

Individual Sathyagraha movement

“No quantity but quality please. And I assure victory” said Gandhi promoting his latest  method to needle the British empire. The radicals in Congress wanted to launch a mass Civil Disobedience Movement and get everyone onto the streets, but Gandhi insisted on “Individual Satyagraha’. The sathyagrahis had to be approved by Gandhi himself. After serving…

Guest article – An Ahalya amidst us

By Nivedita Louis. Maa…mata…the word evokes a deep emotion for us all Indians. Personification of nations as mothers- the motherland was a hitherto new concept that took off in India during the 1900s. The British called their Motherland Britannia 2000 years ago, The Scots named her Caledonia, the Germans though they loved calling it their…

1947: A Madras story

What was it like to live in this city the year India celebrated its much-awaited independence?Seventy years have passed since that momentous date. One that changed the lives of billions living and those yet to be born. But what was Madras like during the historic year of 1947? And what did everyday life look like?…

The Jhansi of Madras

A suffocating marriage had Lakshmi fleeing from the city she had grown up in. She boarded a ship setting sail from Madras to Singapore in June 1940. (following a fellow doctor she would only later identify as K whom she thought she was in love with). A divorced 26 year old gynecologist, Lakshmi hoped to…