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Artist's impression of the proposed Bnei Menashe heritage center
Chronicles

Bnei Menashe Indian Jews

The Bnei Menashe consider themselves the descendants of the Biblical Menashe, son of Joseph, who they call Manmasi or Manmasia. In Manipur they are identified as Kukis and as Mizos in Mizoram. After more than fifty years of asserting Jewish claims, the Bnei Menashe, “the children of Menasseh,” were recognised by the Chief Rabbi of Israel (2005) which made them eligible to make “Aliyah” (emigration) to Israel.

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From An Historian’s Notebook: Imperialism in One Country?

For one brief, shining moment, the United States seemed to really be the beast its enemies made it out to be – the centre of world power, an unchallenged superpower in a unipolar world, capable of fulfilling its imperialist destiny and imperial fantasies without let or hindrance.

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Raja Rammohun: A Look Back in Wonder

When the first poster came out before the film’s release in October 1965, there was little to choose between Chowdhury and H.P. Briggs’ famous portrait of the Raja made in 1832. As the sestercentennial (250th) birth anniversary celebrations of Raja Rammohun Roy pick up pace in India and Great Britain, one can only look back in wonder at the film.

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Chronicles

Advent of Gunpowder Technology in Bengal

Generally it can be stated that gunpowder and firearms reached North-West India by land from Middle East and Iran, to South India it came by sea from China and Europe, to Bengal from South China by sea and to Assam from China by land-route.

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From an Historian’s Notebook: Putin & Bengali Cold War Nostalgia

In 1991, when the Soviet Union officially came to an end, the Indian left was bereft. The Bengali branches of the left were particularly upset: Who would take the place of Stalinda as the embodiment of Bangali second-hand machismo and martial vigour? Who would stand up to the American imperialists in their place?

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From an Historian’s Notebook: Russian Lullaby

He was actually born in Siberia in 1888, but his family came from what would now be Belarus, in what was then imperial Russia. Why Siberia? I don’t quite know the story, though any historian reading this detail will think immediately of political exiles and deportations

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