Pinki

I have two djinns to guard me all the time, One male djinn and one fat female one, Or are they two male and none female, I was never bright to know what they are They guard me from Evil Pinki in Mirror They hide her so that no one sees her grin But now,… Read More Pinki

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Pithapuram Inscription of Velanati Choda Prithviswara

It is surprising to see that the inscription issued in Saka 1108 is nothing more than a mass of names and no achievements. What does this mean? The Velanati Chodas didn’t achieve anything or by the time of Prithviswara, everything is forgotten? That he is ruling from Pithapuram and not Tsandavole itself is an indication… Read More Pithapuram Inscription of Velanati Choda Prithviswara

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From Rajendra Chalukya to Kulottunga Chola

The dynastic change from Vijayalaya Chola Adhirajendra Chola to Vengi Chalukya Kulottunga Chola is one of the most chaotic events in South Indian history. Think about it. You know everything about Cholas till 1062, then, suddenly everything goes blank, then, again, clarity comes around 1080. Why is it a fascinating subject? Too many parameters, too… Read More From Rajendra Chalukya to Kulottunga Chola

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Demolition of Babri Masjid and Aftermath – Speech by Subramanian Swamy, March 13, Madina Education Centre, Hyderabad

I really hope this is a dead and dusted thing. Why they talk about Ayodhya? Why don’t they talk about the most Holy and Important Tirthas of Kailash and Man Sarover? Madina Education Centre in Hyderabad, run by Madina Education and Welfare Society, is silently and sincerely waging a relentless war against the evil forces… Read More Demolition of Babri Masjid and Aftermath – Speech by Subramanian Swamy, March 13, Madina Education Centre, Hyderabad

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Translatability of Gods – If it doesn’t exist?

A simple Venn Diagram. A ∩ B exists only when there is something common between the both. Building upon Assmann, who says two of the major advantages of ancient polytheistic religions were religious tolerance and international law, this intersection exists there because though everyone has got their own religions, there is an equivalent god for… Read More Translatability of Gods – If it doesn’t exist?

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The New India – Deliberate Provocation or Government Inaction?

The ecosystem believed BJP is a passing phase. So, it was silent for the first five years. But, by winning with an even bigger mandate, BJP clearly asserted it’s here to stay. What will the reaction be, if you are seeing your world slipping beneath your feet? After it became clear that BJP is coming… Read More The New India – Deliberate Provocation or Government Inaction?

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Keezhadi – Is there a controversy, first of all?

I was looking into Keezhadi excavations and it looks as if the whole controversy created around it is just a controversy and nothing more. A quick reading tells that this is presented as a Brahminical conspiracy to suppress the glorious Tamil civilization and a whole narrative is built around it. First of all, a few… Read More Keezhadi – Is there a controversy, first of all?

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Intellectual Dishonesty and Lost Arguments – A Discussion over Non-Vegetarianism and How it Spun Off into a Caste Based Atrocity Narrative

I was having an interesting discussion yesterday, which, being unpalatable to the person with whom I was discussing, led to me being blocked by her on Twitter. That, this discussion is still on her mind can be seen from this single tweet. As is my practice, I will shade out all the names except mine. And… Read More Intellectual Dishonesty and Lost Arguments – A Discussion over Non-Vegetarianism and How it Spun Off into a Caste Based Atrocity Narrative

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Cause and Effect – Indian Politics 1900-1930

1900-1930 was a very interesting timeframe in Indian history – it saw the permanent rift between Hindus and Muslims as political forces, and rise of alternate forces based on anti-Brahminism. It is interesting to note, the sequence of events happened in a reactionary way with huge implications even today. Also worth noting is the fact… Read More Cause and Effect – Indian Politics 1900-1930

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Indian Narrative – Why Things Work the Way they Work?

When Lord Krishna was about to come to Hastinapura and when the Kuru court was deliberating how to receive him, Duryodhana in no mean words says, Krishna shouldn’t be accorded the honour he deserves – it’s not because he doesn’t deserve it(rather, he deserves much more than what we can give him) but because he… Read More Indian Narrative – Why Things Work the Way they Work?

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The Three Magi: A Carol (To a Gypsy Air) – Unknown

This regional spin off is interesting. Though the mention is of Bohemians, it’s not Bohemians per se, but what are called as Parne who intermingle with Gypsies and live their life. They are considered as vile and inacceptable as like the Gypsies. This carol talks about the Three Magi who were supposed to have visited… Read More The Three Magi: A Carol (To a Gypsy Air) – Unknown

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British Parliament over First World War – 3 Aug 1914

Read through, what you will find is that, Edward Grey, without even notifying the Parliament, without even seeing all the doors of negotiation, dragged Britain into a war which it no way is concerned about. The members dissenting the view are literally irritated at the way things are progressing – the government is deliberately driving… Read More British Parliament over First World War – 3 Aug 1914

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Herbert Samuel, British Parliament discussion on Section 93 of the Government of India Act, 06 April 1943

My Lords, you will have appreciated the comprehensive and able statement which has been made to-day on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, and will have particularly welcomed the fact that it has been made by the noble Earl, Lord Munster, who, after a period of active war service, has now returned to resume what was… Read More Herbert Samuel, British Parliament discussion on Section 93 of the Government of India Act, 06 April 1943

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William Birdwood, British Parliament discussion on Section 93 of the Government of India Act, 06 April 1943

My Lords, in the position I hold as father of the Indian Army I would like to convey my most grateful thanks, and those I know of all my brother officers, to the noble Earl for what he has told us of conditions in the Indian Army. About that I had no doubt, because I… Read More William Birdwood, British Parliament discussion on Section 93 of the Government of India Act, 06 April 1943

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Geoffrey FitzClarence, British Parliament discussion on Section 93 of the Government of India Act, 06 April 1943

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for India and Burma, who had given Notice of six Motions continuing in force Proclamations issued under Section 93 of the Government of India Act, 1935, said: My Lords, I beg to move the first of the six Motions standing in my name. I am obliged to the noble Lord… Read More Geoffrey FitzClarence, British Parliament discussion on Section 93 of the Government of India Act, 06 April 1943

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Pandya Kings in Raghuvamsam

Sugreeva mentions, in the description of lands in Ramayana, ततो हेममयं दिव्यं मुक्तामणिविभूषितम्। युक्तं कवाटं पाण्ड्यानां गता द्रक्ष्यथ वानराः।।4.41.19।। O Vanaras, leaving that river, you will find encrusted with pearls, the wonderful golden gate of the city of Pandyas. Alternately, this can be read as the Pandyans of Kavata, a name for their capital city.… Read More Pandya Kings in Raghuvamsam

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A Trip to Arunachalam and Vellore – Some Thoughts for a Better India

A few days before, I went to Arunachalam(Tiruvannamalai) without any plans. There are a few things which caught my eye. May be, these are some things which we need to look into, seriously? Well, I have got my usual complaint with the speed of Tamil Nadu buses – their snail pace. Chidambaram, some 225 distance… Read More A Trip to Arunachalam and Vellore – Some Thoughts for a Better India

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High Petrol Rates – Who is More Responsible? State or Centre?

Well, petrol rates are rising again and people are not going to be happy. There are demands for Central Government to roll back the prices. But, is the reality that simple? So, how is petrol price calculated, first of all? Cost of a barrel of petrol + Operational cost for OMCs + Distributor commission +… Read More High Petrol Rates – Who is More Responsible? State or Centre?

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Karnataka Elections – Lost Deposits and Throne Games

Karnataka elections turned much interesting than we anticipated. BJP, at on point, reached 121 seats majority while counting but, slowly, it slid back to 104 seats. This created some things unprecedented. Congress sensed an opportunity and declared that HD Kumaraswamy will be made the Chief Minister. They went to the Governor but they were not… Read More Karnataka Elections – Lost Deposits and Throne Games

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Kathua – On the March from Humanity to Vulture Politics

India is a tricky country. With all it’s cultural contradictions, outrages and societal issues, India still works as a single cohesive entity. The vastness and diversity is just mindboggling. There are agendas and there are forced marriages. Some people want more than what they have, some people are happy with what they have. Sometimes, things… Read More Kathua – On the March from Humanity to Vulture Politics

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Delving into the Mind of a Safe and Secure Kashmiri who is Funding disturbances in Kashmir Valley

There was a recent discussion with some friends which made me jog down memory lane, about a discussion I had with a Kashmiri Muslim at the peak of the stone pelting drama. For some surprising reason, I was very aggressive that day and the consequence was, our Kashmiri friend slunk away into his hole again.… Read More Delving into the Mind of a Safe and Secure Kashmiri who is Funding disturbances in Kashmir Valley

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Anti-Human Trafficking Bill – Chinks in it’s Armour?

Two days before, the Central Cabinet passed the anti-Human Trafficking Bill aiming to curb human trafficking. A laudable effort. As I understand, this bill aims at punishing the offenders and rehabilitate the victims. It will cover everything – setting up of constitutional bodies, setting up of protection houses, punishment for the rule breakers. But, still,… Read More Anti-Human Trafficking Bill – Chinks in it’s Armour?

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JNU Mandatory Attendance Circular Protests – An Attempt to Find Sense in Them

Suddenly, I came across a tweet which says offices of JNU being held under siege by students, put in by a staff member of the University who is literaly pleading the students he is sick and needs assistance. We too protested, but wenever ensured that some’s life is at stake. Trawling through the comments, it… Read More JNU Mandatory Attendance Circular Protests – An Attempt to Find Sense in Them

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The Ramachandra we don’t know – Did Alauddin Khilji ever reach Devagiri?

Barani writes, At Bhilsan ‘Alauddin had heard of the elephants and wealth of Deogir and enquired about the routes to that place. He had resolved to collect a large army at Karra for an attack on Deogir without informing the Sultan. Find­ing the Sultan more kind and affectionate than ever, he applied for some delay… Read More The Ramachandra we don’t know – Did Alauddin Khilji ever reach Devagiri?

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Kakatiyas defeating Ala-ud-din Khilji – The Ramifications

Barani writes, “In the first expedition the Malik Naib Kafur Hazardinari was sent to Deogir with the amirs and maliks and the red canopy. Khwaja Haji, the Naib ‘Arz i Mumalik, was also sent with him to look after the administration of the army and the collection of elephants and treasures. No army had been… Read More Kakatiyas defeating Ala-ud-din Khilji – The Ramifications

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Kakatiyas defeating Ala-ud-din Khilji – The Ramifications

Barani writes, “In the first expedition the Malik Naib Kafur Hazardinari was sent to Deogir with the amirs and maliks and the red canopy. Khwaja Haji, the Naib ‘Arz i Mumalik, was also sent with him to look after the administration of the army and the collection of elephants and treasures. No army had been… Read More Kakatiyas defeating Ala-ud-din Khilji – The Ramifications

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Constituent Assembly Debates – State of Kashmir or Jammu and Kashmir – Nehru’s Diatribe

Sir, this very simple motion of my honourable colleague has led some members of refer to almost all connected matters, not with this motion, but in regard to Kashmir, and so we have been led to think of this vast and intricate and difficult problem of Kashmir. It is a little difficult in this context… Read More Constituent Assembly Debates – State of Kashmir or Jammu and Kashmir – Nehru’s Diatribe

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Constituent Assembly Debates – State of Kashmir or Jammu and Kashmir – The Debate

The Honourable Shri N. Gopalaswami Ayyangar: (Madras: General): Mr. President, Sir, I rise to move: “That after paragraph 4 of the Schedule to the Constituent Assembly Rules, the following paragraph be inserted, namely:- ‘4-A. Notwithstanding anything contained in paragraph 4, all the seats in the Assembly allotted to the State of Kashmir may be filled… Read More Constituent Assembly Debates – State of Kashmir or Jammu and Kashmir – The Debate

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Constituent Assembly Debates – State of Kashmir or State of Jammu and Kashmir?

Seriously, I don’t get what Nehru thinks some times. Nehru’s attempts to replace the name of Jammu and Kashmir to Kashmir, even after knowing that Kashmir is a piece of real estate bought by the king of Jammu. And the way Sheik Abdullah was preferred – ashamed. He was made the leader because he ruled… Read More Constituent Assembly Debates – State of Kashmir or State of Jammu and Kashmir?

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The Kerala Perumals and the Foundation of Calicut

According to the Keralolpatti, Parasurama reclaimed from the sea the land between Gokarnam and Cape Comorin, and gave it to the Brahmins whom he brought from Abicchatra. He settled them io sixty-four villages. For their convenience and cumfort ho brought Sudras, whom he compelled to adopt the form of marriage known as Sambandham and the… Read More The Kerala Perumals and the Foundation of Calicut

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The Matla Chiefs

The dying days of Vijayanagar Empire was a saga of betrayals and superhuman struggles for survival till the complete empire except a few areas completely disappeared. It is interesting to note that Vijayanagar is one of the very few empires where literally everyone in the top are self made including the Emperors. Take the case… Read More The Matla Chiefs

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Adhikari Thesis – Pakistan and National Unity

The usual Communist garbage – masses should rise, Bakanization and legitimizing the concept of Pakistan. This guy, Gangadhar Adhikari, fails to notice or rather, refuses to notice, India is a single nation state unlike Russia which is 10000 countries conquered by the Czars and goes on to apply Russian mode of revolution to India. A… Read More Adhikari Thesis – Pakistan and National Unity

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Ahom Myths – Preparing Khunlung and Khunlai for their Journey to Earth

It’s an interesting piece – telling the way of life in the kingdom they are going to go, and the demands of those who are sending them. Next day, Lengdon sent for Khunlung and Khunlai. They made preparation to come. They put on embroidered coats and cloths on their bodies. The messenger escorted them. They… Read More Ahom Myths – Preparing Khunlung and Khunlai for their Journey to Earth

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Nepal-Tibet War of 1856 – Jang Bahadur Rana’s Greatest Glory

After Gagan Singh’s murder, the executions carried out ensured that Jang Bahadur Rana is literally the only person standing to be appointed the Mukhtiyar. He made himself the virtual ruler of Nepal and instead of the traditional policy of balancing Nepal against China, he decided to openly side the British. So, he starts this by… Read More Nepal-Tibet War of 1856 – Jang Bahadur Rana’s Greatest Glory

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If System is Designed to Support an Individual – The Case of Henry Inglis

As one goes through a British report on Khasi and Jaintia Hills titled Report On The Administration Of The Cossyah And Jynteah Hill Territory, he will be surprised at the omnipresence of Henry Inglis in the area. This single episode gives a clear picture on why Robert Mugabe necked out all the Europeans from Zimbabwe.… Read More If System is Designed to Support an Individual – The Case of Henry Inglis

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Dissensions Regarding the Succession to the Cherra Raj – A typical British Report on a Tribal Kingdom

On my arrival at Cherra Poonjee I found that violent dissensions were raging between Rajah Ram Sing, of Cherra Poonjee, and almost all the principal Sirdars of his district. The last Rajah, Soubah Sing, died on the 5th of June 1856, and Rajah Ram Sing, who is the eldest nephew of the deceased, represented to the… Read More Dissensions Regarding the Succession to the Cherra Raj – A typical British Report on a Tribal Kingdom

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Clash of Civilizations – The Discussion between Meghavahana, the King of Kashmir and a Sabara Chief

Taken from Rajatarangini, the background of the story is thus. Meghavahana while in conquests, comes across a Sabara sacrificing a person. The king stops him and the Sabara says, to save his infant son, he needs to sacrifice this man to Chandika. The king offers himself in place of the victim. Below is what transpired… Read More Clash of Civilizations – The Discussion between Meghavahana, the King of Kashmir and a Sabara Chief

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KPS Gill’s Press Statement over the Suicide of SSP AS Sandhu

I have not called this press conference to express my grief at AS Sandhu’s death. My feelings on this count are between his family and myself. What I have to say today is that we have already given up most of this country to criminals, to corrupt politicians, and to unscrupulous lobbyists who will work… Read More KPS Gill’s Press Statement over the Suicide of SSP AS Sandhu

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KPS Gill’s Letter to IK Gujral over the death of ex-SSP AS Sandhu

I am very sad. This is the letter which Late KPS Gill wrote to the then Prime Minister, IK Gujral in response to the suicide of AS Sandhu, an SSP during the peak of Khalistani Movement, who committed suicide after a vicious witchhunt in the name of human rights. And whatever he raised in 1997,… Read More KPS Gill’s Letter to IK Gujral over the death of ex-SSP AS Sandhu

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From the Horse’s Mouth – How Pakistan Engineered the 1947 ‘Kashmir Rebellion’

Akbar Khan was the formal point of contact whom the Government appointed to manage the Kashmir show, with instructions that it should be shown as a rebellion of the people against the government. Sourced from Operations in Jammu and Kashmir, these are the relevant bits of his interview to Defence Journal. The usual Pakistani bravado… Read More From the Horse’s Mouth – How Pakistan Engineered the 1947 ‘Kashmir Rebellion’

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The Portuguese and the Dutch – Military Heavyweights or All-round Jokers?

The history of Calicut is an interesting read. It is important to note that, Kerala being that insulated from outside influence, it’s rare to see an outsider invading it. This, shifts the complete story to Kerala proper – with kingdoms expanding and contracting as time went on. Let’s take the major power in the North… Read More The Portuguese and the Dutch – Military Heavyweights or All-round Jokers?

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Initiation of Mahabhishekha Ceremony – The Oath

The priest who, with this, wishes that a Ksattriya should conquer in all the various ways of conquest, to subjugate all people, and that he should attain to  leadership, precedence, and supremacy over all kings, and attain everywhere and at all times to universal sovereignty, enjoyment, independence, distinguished distinction as king, the fulfilment of the… Read More Initiation of Mahabhishekha Ceremony – The Oath

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Mr Howe’s Account of the East Indian Manner of Inoculation which gives a Sanction to the present Practice in England , 1767

And we sing paeans for Jenner.. The inhabitants of Bengal knowing the usual time when the inoculating Bramins annually return, observe strictly the regimen enjoined, whether they determine to be inoculated or not; this preparation consists only in abstaining for a month from fish, milk and ghee, (a kind of butter made generally of buffalo’s… Read More Mr Howe’s Account of the East Indian Manner of Inoculation which gives a Sanction to the present Practice in England , 1767

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Calicut – The Local Super Power about which we Know Nothing

There are a few important things when we look at Calicut – 1. The capital city was never taken 2. It has reduced two global colonial powers to mere jokes in it’s area of operations 3. Even till the last day, the king and his principal vassals are competent field commanders. 4. Calicut collapsed exhausted,… Read More Calicut – The Local Super Power about which we Know Nothing

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The Description of the Zamorin during the first two Portuguese Missions

Well, there is only one thing common in both – the focus on jewellery. And the gifts. Even after seeing how richly decorated the Zamorin was, aren’t they ashamed of what they are planning to gift him? First visit On passing the last gate, the general and his attendants entered along with the noblemen into… Read More The Description of the Zamorin during the first two Portuguese Missions

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The Portuguese Gifts to the Zamorin – First Three Missions

All three are fit for their stature – the first and second, an indication of their social standards and the third, to their way of life. First Visit Four capotes or cloaks of Scarlet cloth, six hats, four branches of coral, twelve almasares, a box containing seven brass vessel, a chest of sugar, two barrels… Read More The Portuguese Gifts to the Zamorin – First Three Missions

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The First Land Attack of Portuguese in India

This should be, seriously, included in all text books. Again, and again, and again, they prove that they are nothing more than pirates and barbarians. And Aflonso Albuquerque, who succeeded Almeida in October, resolved to destroy Calicut itself. He had conceived this idea as early as 1503. But, then he had neither the means nor… Read More The First Land Attack of Portuguese in India

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A Description of the Zamorin Family

The Namakaranam and Annaprasanam of the children are performed in the sixth month after their birth. The Tampurattis are named Sridevi and Mahadevi and the Tampurans Manavikraman, Manaviyadan and Virarayan. Those who bear the sane name are distinguished by pet name; the Tampurattis aro called Anujatti, Kunhianujatti, and Jyeshtatti, and the Tampurans Ettan, Kunhettan, Kuttiettan,… Read More A Description of the Zamorin Family

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Chinese Dynastic Changes – Social or Political?

In some book I was reading, the author gave China an expiry date of 2040. I don’t know about it, but the reason which he gave was captivating. China is an export oriented economy. Wherever the raw materials are located and whereever the products are finished, they are sold primarily through sea. Because of this, the coast… Read More Chinese Dynastic Changes – Social or Political?

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A dissection of Vasco da Gama’s visit to India – What’s the Reality?

There are some important points which Castaneda wrote in his “The History of the Conquest of India”. Read through and this is the narrative which will be built. It is something like, after the violence in Africa, it is possible that the Zamorin got to know of the Portuguese and treated them nothing more than… Read More A dissection of Vasco da Gama’s visit to India – What’s the Reality?

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Change of Guard Part 1 – Death Ceremonies of the Zamorin

The funeral ceremonies are similar to those of the high class Nayars. The Attikkurissi directs them; the dead body is burnt and the Tampurans ‘bend under the branch’ as soon as they return from the cremation ground; on the 7th, 9th or 11th day after death, declared suspicious for the new Zamorin by the palace… Read More Change of Guard Part 1 – Death Ceremonies of the Zamorin

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Varahamihira’s Saka Era – Is it 78 AD?

Varahamihira in Brihatsamhita writes, And Kalhana builds upon this. Going by the traditional Saka Era starting in 78 AD, we are seeing a difference of around 700 years between the current Saka Era and the Saka era mentioned by Varahamihira. Saka Era represents the victory of Indians over Western Kshatraps or in simpler terms, Western… Read More Varahamihira’s Saka Era – Is it 78 AD?

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So, there were Nehru baiters from Day One – Maulana Hasrat Mohani in the Constituent Assembly on 18 Sep 1949

Maulana Hasrat Mohani: The first thing is about the Objectives Resolution I have got a verified copy of this thing together with the two speeches delivered by Pandit Nehru at the time of the passing of the Objectives Resolution. It is this : The Constituent Assembly declares its firm and solemn resolve to proclaim India… Read More So, there were Nehru baiters from Day One – Maulana Hasrat Mohani in the Constituent Assembly on 18 Sep 1949

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The Definition of Brevity – Scriptures in a Single Sloka

This is the beauty of Sanskrit literature. There are instances of a story written in 25000 slokas and there are instances were the same story was told in one sloka. Below three are a single sloka recitations of Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavata. I am not sure who wrote them, but the case is that all… Read More The Definition of Brevity – Scriptures in a Single Sloka

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A Bovine making a case of it for slaughter – Douglas Adams

Probably, this is the best and most famous piece over vegetarian terrorism. Douglas Adams wrote it in Restaurant at the End of the Universe and in this, a bovine approaches a table in a restaurant and lists out the culinary features of various parts of it’s body. I would rather say, not for non vegetarians. A… Read More A Bovine making a case of it for slaughter – Douglas Adams

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Bahubali – Morally Correct and Politically Correct – Which should take Precedence?

Though analysing a movie this much seems a bit out of the nature, the reality is that what transpired in Bahubali is how kingdoms are made and unmade. Take the case of the senior – Amarendra Bahubali. His father was made the king in preference over his elder brother, Bijjaladeva, who is physically handicapped. But,… Read More Bahubali – Morally Correct and Politically Correct – Which should take Precedence?

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Justice Karnan’s Contempt Proceedings – The discussion in Supreme Court

The question is, if Supreme Court asks for impeachment, will the Parliament heed. AG Mukul Rohatgi: (Pointing to Karnan) The Contemnor is here Justice Karnan: (Lists a number of cases and complaints against several other judges he made) says “Instead action is being taken against me CJI Khehar: So it means that ..we take it that you stand… Read More Justice Karnan’s Contempt Proceedings – The discussion in Supreme Court

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If Brain is a Dustbin – A Review of Bahubali 2

What garbage is this? There are no non-Hindu elements in the movie and is outrageously Hindu in character, characters coming out of an Amar Chitra Katha comic, hero always better than heroine, support for Jallikattu and finally, a verdict that the movie is a box office flop, the verdict, broken as the article was being written… Read More If Brain is a Dustbin – A Review of Bahubali 2

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Shambhaji’s Letter to Ram Singh of Amber asking him to rebel

Well, he didn’t know about the true colours of Jaipur…It is the only Rajputana kingdom which never rebelled against the Muslims and voluntarily surrendered whenever there is a change in gaurd. Written c. November 1682. [After five long sentences of traditional eulogy] Shri Shambhu Raja craves your friendship and after enquiring about your welfare communicates… Read More Shambhaji’s Letter to Ram Singh of Amber asking him to rebel

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An interesting debate over the wordplay – Constituent Assembly

Shri Brajeshwar Prasad : (Bihar: General) : Mr. President, Sir, there are six amendments standing in my name. I would like to move only one, amendment No. 192, List V, Eighth week. Sir, I move: “That in amendment No. 130 of List IV (Eighth Week), for the proposed clause (1) of article 1, the following… Read More An interesting debate over the wordplay – Constituent Assembly

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Tamil Sangams and Kumari Kandam – What’s the veracity?

The reference to a submerged southern land from which the Tamils migrated came from two books – Iraiyanar Akapporul and Silappathikaram. Silappathikaram talks about the submerged land mass Kumari while Iraiyanar Akapporul talks about the poetic gatherings which happened there, called Sangams albeit much exaggeratedly. Things would have stayed rational had the continent of Lemuria… Read More Tamil Sangams and Kumari Kandam – What’s the veracity?

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The Exile of Yudhistira – Rajatarangini

A beautiful piece of poetry with which Kalhana ends the First Taranga. Yudhistira lost interest in governance and covered himself with sycophants. Irritated, a coup was launched against him and he was exiled. Below verses describe his exile. Then permitted by them to leave his own country, after the fight had been called off and time… Read More The Exile of Yudhistira – Rajatarangini

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Some ‘Interesting’ Legislative Assembly Debates

Seriously? Are these are the questions being raised in a State Assembly? A sampling below (Telangana Assembly, 9 Mar 1953) – *32 (148) Shri Srihari (Kinwat): Will the hon. Minister for Public Works be pleased to state: (a) “Whether it is a fact that no water tap is provided in the Inspection Bungalow at Adilabad, in… Read More Some ‘Interesting’ Legislative Assembly Debates

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Kulbhushan Yadav Issue – Deciphering the Pakistani Brain

A Swarajya Magazine article over India’s Cold Start Doctrine used a very important statement. In three wars with Pakistan, India’s defence forces experienced the frustration of seeing the political leadership surrender on the negotiating table what the soldiers had won on the battlefield. And another, Dr Subhash Kapila writes, The long mobilisation time gives the… Read More Kulbhushan Yadav Issue – Deciphering the Pakistani Brain

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Rajatarangini – Introduction to Ranjit Pandit’s Translation

Coming from the pen of Nehru, I seriously don’t have any words to say. Come on, Nehru is a Kashmiri Pandit, not a European who is looking at a translation of a Sanskrit book demeaningly. Well, those are my thoughts, wonder what’s yours’ are… Nearly four years ago, when we were both together in Naini… Read More Rajatarangini – Introduction to Ranjit Pandit’s Translation

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The Retreat of the Persians – the Need for Better Research

In the onslaught of the Arab armies, Persian Empire collapsed. What do you mean by collapse? Defeat of field armies and their destruction, civilian areas open for Arabs to occupy. All this is fine. What happens to the armies? Either they surrender or they are annihilated. Surrender can be absolute, but annihilation? Is it possible?… Read More The Retreat of the Persians – the Need for Better Research

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The Battle of Bobbili – A British Account

It’s a small fort, a petty bickering between two local Zamindars. But, the valour of the defendants made it legendary. While Orme said four ordinary soldiers, legend says the stabbing work was done by Tandra Papa Rayudu, the brother-in-law of Ranga Rao and his commander of chief, who was based at Rajam. The soldiers of Vijaya Rama… Read More The Battle of Bobbili – A British Account

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