Profile of R.V. Smith
Did the daughter of Prithviraj Chauhan commit 'sati' because her husband was killed in a battle at Panchkuian Road?
Sanctioned by the British Army, the Prize Agents, active since autumn of 1857, ransacked houses, havelis, palaces and other properties, pauperising the royalty of Delhi overnight.
Both the monarchs commemorated the festival and partook of the traditional dinner at the Agra Fort
Diwali was considered, even by the orthodox Muslims, a festival of natural joy of God’s creation.
In the mad rush of life in Delhi today, one cannot even think that red-light area existed on the Kashmere Gate-Red Fort stretch of the main road and that its occupants called out to the Tommies.
Mausiqi Manzil now is in a dilapidated condition, though students of music continue to be trained there, thanks to its director Ustad Iqbal Khan and his affectionate begum.
In this week's diary, historian RV Smith writes about the Bakrid festivities- tracing it back the Mughal era.