As time passes and history of an event gets older, it is embellished with all sorts of exaggeration and sometimes, degenerates into a sort of pseudo-mythology. And if there is a reinvigorated effort to elevate him to a higher pedestal after the passing of centuries, it gets very hard to sift fact from fiction. One… Read More Karikala – Separating Fact from Myth
The problem with the Central Asian Khanates is that they survive mostly by the force of the ruler. That’s the reason why we see them collapsing such spectacularly, generally in a fratricidal war. Suluk is one such Khagan whose death created such a collapse that the Islam in Transoxania(Arab – Mawrannahar) spread only after he… Read More Suluk Khagan – The Destroyer of the Arab Pride in Transoxania
Stalin, once said to his son, “No, you’re not, You’re not Stalin and I’m not Stalin. Stalin is Soviet power. Stalin is what he is in the newspapers and the portraits, not you, no not even me!” That is what Jayalalitha is, an institution. She is the government, she is the party, she is the… Read More The End of an Era – A Eulogy
Below is the title of praise(Birudagadyam) of Ramaraya taken from Ramarajiyamu. This gives a clear picture of the extent of his achievements(well, some may be just fiction like that of Warangal or Cuttack unless he is a leading general of the Kalinga expedition) as well as how such titles are written. Break up(important) – Kalyana… Read More Title of Praise(Birudagadyam) of Ramaraya
Communism has three classes of people as ideologues and implementers – Rich people like Karl Marx who thought what is right – they assumed what is right and acted according to it, without knowing whether their assumption is right or wrong Poor people who wanted to prove themselves like Lenin. This is the real class… Read More Pavel Dybenko – Charting the life of a Communist
Kharavela is one of those mighty and intriguing persons in Indian history about him we know literally nothing. What is known is that he is a powerful ruler who defied both the Mauryans and the Satavahanas. Ironically, most of what we know is from the inscription below, located in Udayagiri caves near Cuttack. Line 1-2… Read More Hathigumpha inscription
All the portraits of Hyder Ali show a fierce looking bushy bearded man. But the one below, plucked from his grandson’s biography of him gives a completely different picture.