TAMILISAI MOVEMENT

In 1943, Tamil was good to speak in but not to sing? Ironically a bias had crept into a system brought on to break biases. The Carnatic music Sabhas that had sprung to be the patrons of regional music- a post hitherto held by the zamindars soon fell a trap to their own pomposity. In…

DURGABHAI DESHMUKH

When in 1941, 32 year old Durga graduated she was perhaps the eldest in the passing out batch of Madras Law College. But her years of youth had indeed been well spent in the freedom struggle. In the 1930 Salt Satyagraha Movement at Triplicane beach, held parallel with the Dandi march, Durga actually kick started…

When there was counterfeiting , in reverse !

It was actually a counterfeiting in the reverse. When the intrinsic value of metal within a coin became more valuable than the established denomination itself, people started hoarding coins in Madras as elsewhere in the country. No wonder for there was a world war going on and feud usually was a Glutton for metals. Copper…

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…

When Madras surrendered…….

9th September is the 271st anniversary of the only time in history  Madras was taken by an enemy. Madras- the jewel of the Coramandel coast was constantly in the roving eyes of the enemy. Surprisingly its six metre high walls restricted the adversary quite competently for long. Unable to breach them HyderAli even tried to…

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?…