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Ep 14: A Recent History of Naming

Historychatter Podcast

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  • 3 months ago
  • 31:09

Changing names sometimes causes major controversies, and sometimes it does not. HistoryChatter in this episode investigates the curious case of villages with embarrassing names. In rural India, mockery and ridicule are commonplace and residents from villagers with embarrassing names are often anxious that neighbors, relatives, and even the government might insult or isolate them. Yet, the process of officially changing the name of a village is a difficult and lengthy process. While there may be a number of reasons behind the naming of a village in India, in every case such names appear to subject villagers to endless mockery and embarrassment. Whenever villagers demand changes in names, it is a desperate attempt on their part to remove or rewrite an unpleasant or embarrassing history.   Hosted by Dr. Anirban Bandyopadhyay  You can follow us and leave us feedback on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @eplogmedia, For partnerships/queries send you can send us an email at bonjour@eplog.media. If you like this show, please subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts, so other people can find us. You can also find us on https://www.eplog.media DISCLAIMER: The views expressed on all the shows produced and distributed by Ep.Log Media are personal to the host and the guest of the shows respectively and with no intention to harm the sentiments of any individual/organization. The said content is not obscene or blasphemous or defamatory of any event and/or person deceased or alive or in contempt of court or breach of contract or breach of privilege, or in violation of any provisions of the statute, nor hurt the sentiments of any religious groups/ person/government/non-government authorities and/or breach or be against any declared public policy of any nation or state. Further, the show is not meant to defame/denigrate any person, community, organisation, institution, political party, politician, or any class of persons, gender, caste or religion, in any manner. The subject matter of this show may be sensitive in nature and hence listeners are advised to exercise discretion as appropriate. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ep 13: Did Nero Fiddle While Rome Burned?

Historychatter Podcast

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  • 3 months ago
  • 24:01

Roman emperor Nero’s name is often equated with ruthlessness and cruelty in popular memory. Most often, this image revolves around the assumption that he had been happily playing a stringed instrument while the city of Rome burned in a major fire accident. Some even claim that Nero himself had arranged for the fire so that he could build a new capital in its place. However, it is a matter of fact that much of this popular recall is not true. Nero was probably not a great emperor. He had committed plenty of violence and caused untold miseries to his subjects during his reign. Yet, it is not clear why and how his notoriety is memorised by the singular image of fiddling while Rome burned. In this episode Historychatter presents an account of how this particular image gained ground over time. It would seem that this image of Nero’s cruelty became popular many centuries after the event. It probably had more to do with his treatment of early Christians. This episode recalls this intriguing history of the image of Nero fiddling while Rome burned. In so doing, it asks how popular assumptions are burn and circulate over time. Hosted by Dr. Anirban Bandyopadhyay  You can follow us and leave us feedback on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @eplogmedia, For partnerships/queries send you can send us an email at bonjour@eplog.media. If you like this show, please subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts, so other people can find us. You can also find us on https://www.eplog.media DISCLAIMER: The views expressed on all the shows produced and distributed by Ep.Log Media are personal to the host and the guest of the shows respectively and with no intention to harm the sentiments of any individual/organization. The said content is not obscene or blasphemous or defamatory of any event and/or person deceased or alive or in contempt of court or breach of contract or breach of privilege, or in violation of any provisions of the statute, nor hurt the sentiments of any religious groups/ person/government/non-government authorities and/or breach or be against any declared public policy of any nation or state. Further, the show is not meant to defame/denigrate any person, community, organisation, institution, political party, politician, or any class of persons, gender, caste or religion, in any manner. The subject matter of this show may be sensitive in nature and hence listeners are advised to exercise discretion as appropriate. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ep 11: How Public Schools In England Invented Football

Historychatter Podcast

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  • 4 months ago
  • 24:53

HistoryChatter resumes the discussion on the early History of football based on the pioneering research of E G Dunning. As discussed in an earlier episode, traditional football began as a bloody and unruly contest among the poorer classes in England. By the eighteenth century, however, it underwent a major change in its career. The seven earlier public schools saw their students take it up. Incidentally, these schools too were at the time going through a transformation themselves. Initially set up to educate poor students, now they were taken over by students from the aristocracy and the gentry. Urbanization and industrialization had been pulling away the poorer sections into the ranks of industrial labourers. At public schools, football moved into an existing structure of relations between senior and junior students. The seniors themselves hardly obeyed any rules, since the masters appeared to come from relatively lower classes. There were several instances of student rebellions in all public schools in the early 19th century. By the 1840s, Thomas Arnold, the legendary Master of Rugby, came up with a set of new rules. These rules struck a fine balance between disciplining unruly senior students and moulding them into responsible leaders. Other public schools followed suit. In 1849, Eton College introduced the rule that hands cannot be used at all during the game and a goal has to be scored under the bar posts, not above them. This was the final separation between Rugger and Soccer. The game spread to the rest of the country over the next twenty years and to the rest of the world subsequently. That story will be taken up later. Hosted by Dr. Anirban Bandyopadhyay  You can follow us and leave us feedback on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @eplogmedia, For partnerships/queries send you can send us an email at bonjour@eplog.media. If you like this show, please subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts, so other people can find us. You can also find us on https://www.eplog.media DISCLAIMER: The views expressed on all the shows produced and distributed by Ep.Log Media are personal to the host and the guest of the shows respectively and with no intention to harm the sentiments of any individual/organization. The said content is not obscene or blasphemous or defamatory of any event and/or person deceased or alive or in contempt of court or breach of contract or breach of privilege, or in violation of any provisions of the statute, nor hurt the sentiments of any religious groups/ person/government/non-government authorities and/or breach or be against any declared public policy of any nation or state. Further, the show is not meant to defame/denigrate any person, community, organisation, institution, political party, politician, or any class of persons, gender, caste or religion, in any manner. The subject matter of this show may be sensitive in nature and hence listeners are advised to exercise discretion as appropriate. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ep 10: Durga Pujo in 2020 ft. Jawhar Sircar, Anthropologist of Religion

Historychatter Podcast

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  • 4 months ago
  • 29:51

In the first part of the Durga puja special, we were talking about the history of the puja as a public festival. We were also looking at how the festival gave rise in recent years to a new kind of art and artists and how politics has always characterized the organization of public Durga Puja now more than ever. In part two of the Durga Puja special of HistoryChatter, we look more specifically and more contemporary issues. How are pujas in private households conducted these days? What is the nature of politics around the puja this time round? How is the Covid 19 scare going to affect footfall? Host, Dr. Anirban Bandyopadhyay asked these and a number of other questions to former CEO of Prasar Bharati, Mr. Jawhar Sircar, who is also an anthropologist of religion by training and published widely on contemporary politics in India and West Bengal. He shared a number of useful insights, such as how pujas have now become a site of entry into organized politics. He was quite dismissive of the Bengali sense of discretion and said many will step out enthusiastically, if necessary by ignoring health risks. Overall though, he was hopeful that the administration would not allow for the situation to get out of hand.   You can follow us and leave us feedback on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @eplogmedia, For partnerships/queries send you can send us an email at bonjour@eplog.media. If you like this show, please subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts, so other people can find us. You can also find us on https://www.eplog.media DISCLAIMER: The views expressed on all the shows produced and distributed by Ep.Log Media are personal to the host and the guest of the shows respectively and with no intention to harm the sentiments of any individual/organization. The said content is not obscene or blasphemous or defamatory of any event and/or person deceased or alive or in contempt of court or breach of contract or breach of privilege, or in violation of any provisions of the statute, nor hurt the sentiments of any religious groups/ person/government/non-government authorities and/or breach or be against any declared public policy of any nation or state. Further, the show is not meant to defame/denigrate any person, community, organisation, institution, political party, politician, or any class of persons, gender, caste or religion, in any manner. The subject matter of this show may be sensitive in nature and hence listeners are advised to exercise discretion as appropriate. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ep 9: History, Art & Politics of the Durga Pujo

Historychatter Podcast

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  • 4 months ago
  • 34:32

HistoryChatter in this special episode recalls a history of the Durga Puja festival. It has seen a number of shifts in its public career since the 16th century. This episode looks at these shifts. Initially, the puja would be organized by private households of wealthy landlords. More recently the puja is now organized by neighbourhood voluntary associations. Meanwhile, there have been changes in the design of the icon and the venues too. It has subsequently given rise to a new kind of public art. Finally, politics has always had a role to play in the organization of pujas as a community festival, but in recent years the state intervenes much more directly. This special episode of HistoryChatter revolves around these three axes: history, art and politics around the Durga Puja. Hosted by Dr. Anirban Bandyopadhyay  Let us know what you thought about this episode... You can follow us and leave us feedback on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @eplogmedia, For partnerships/queries send you can send us an email at bonjour@eplog.media. If you like this show, please subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts, so other people can find us. You can also find us on https://www.eplog.media DISCLAIMER: The views expressed on all the shows produced and distributed by Ep.Log Media are personal to the host and the guest of the shows respectively and with no intention to harm the sentiments of any individual/organization. The said content is not obscene or blasphemous or defamatory of any event and/or person deceased or alive or in contempt of court or breach of contract or breach of privilege, or in violation of any provisions of the statute, nor hurt the sentiments of any religious groups/ person/government/non-government authorities and/or breach or be against any declared public policy of any nation or state. Further, the show is not meant to defame/denigrate any person, community, organisation, institution, political party, politician, or any class of persons, gender, caste or religion, in any manner. The subject matter of this show may be sensitive in nature and hence listeners are advised to exercise discretion as appropriate. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.