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Aurangzeb is controversial because of India’s present, not because of its past: Audrey Truschke

This portrait of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb mounted on a horse, and ready for battle, was originally produced circa 1660. In 1700, the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb was arguably the richest, most powerful man in the world. He ruled for nearly 50 years, from 1658 until 1707, over a vast empire in South Asia that boasted a population exceeding the entirety of contemporary Europe. Today, he has been forgotten in the West. In modern-day India, however, Aurangzeb is alive in public debates, national politics, and people’s imaginations. From Mumbai to Delhi…

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Past Depression Tied to Worse Breast Cancer Survival Odds

Women with a history of depression may have lower survival odds with breast cancer than patients without past mental health problems, research in Denmark suggests. In the study of more than 45,000 women with early-stage breast malignancies, 13 percent of patients previously treated with antidepressants died within five years of their cancer diagnosis, compared with 11 percent of women who hadn’t ever taken medication for depression. “We did not find that women with depression were diagnosed at later stages,” said lead study author Dr. Nis Palm Suppli of the Danish…

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past perfect: A walk thru Pondicherry

not like a whole lot of India, Pondicherry appears to cherish its historical past instead of wiping it smooth with bright new homes, or letting it crumble in indifference. Pondicherry’s brush with colonial history and global appeal—it became ruled by using France from the 17th century to 1952, and in short via the Dutch and the British—has always given its antique-world attraction a decidedly cosmopolitan flavour. The town’s professional call Puducherry is a clue to the way it negotiates the beyond. in the beginning known as Puducheri, a Tamil port,…

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