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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A powerful speech in support for Urdu – National Language Debates

From the Constituent Assembly Debate on National Language. Well, forget the Gandhi part. And the sort of North Indian bias reminds me of a word Vishnubhat Godse used in his book – he is going to pilgrimage to Hindustan. In his days, Hindustan is North India, Desh is Maratha core lands and South India, god only… Read More A powerful speech in support for Urdu – National Language Debates

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Dara Shikoh’s Introduction to the Upanishads – Sirr-e-Akbar

Anquetil Duperron found a copy of Sirr-e-Akbar, Dara Shikoh’s translation of Upanishads and royally defaced the name, in the usual European style as Oppenk’hat. At the start of the book, Dara gives the author’s introduction to the work. This preface, where Dara says Upanishads are a commentary of the Quran, is considered to be the… Read More Dara Shikoh’s Introduction to the Upanishads – Sirr-e-Akbar

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Battle of Dharmat – History of Aurangzeb – How much can we rely on that?

If Jadunath Sarkar is one of the best we have got and if this book is his magnum opus, I am not happy. Read the narrative, it looks as if Aurangzeb won the war against Maharaja Jaswant Singh solely because of Jaswant Singh’s incompetence and nothing else. In contradiction to what is presented by Sarkar,… Read More Battle of Dharmat – History of Aurangzeb – How much can we rely on that?

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Battle of Dharmat – History of Aurangzeb – Jadunath Sarkar

What sort of garbage is this? This looks more like a floral piece of fiction than an account in a book of history by an erudite scholar. The complete section hinges on only one part – the incompetence of Maharaja Jaswant Singh, which looks completely unfair. The highlighted parts solely assert that part. Reaching Ujjain… Read More Battle of Dharmat – History of Aurangzeb – Jadunath Sarkar

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Ghazni – Is he a Champion of Islam or is he a Just Another Conquer?

Below is what Tarikh-i-Sultan Mahmud-i-Ghaznavi(I don’t know it’s antecedents) says over Mahmud of Ghazni. 1. The father of the King was the Amir Sabaktagin, and his mother was the daughter of a noble of Zabalistan, for this reason he is (sometimes) called ‘Zabali,” 2. Another time the Sultan again sent him a letter, and wrote… Read More Ghazni – Is he a Champion of Islam or is he a Just Another Conquer?

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Treaty of Amritsar(1846) – Treaty or Sale Deed?

Always, I get confused with this treaty. Article 1 says transfer of ownership of property, Article 3 says the cost of transfer, Article 4 states that Gulab Singh can’t encroach and Article 5, Britain will be the arbitrator in any disputes. Article 10 establishes the British legitimacy over Article 5. These articles clearly point to a… Read More Treaty of Amritsar(1846) – Treaty or Sale Deed?

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Nepal in 1857 Indian War of Independence – What is the Truth?

What do we read in our textbooks regarding Nepal’s role in 1857 Indian War of Independence? That Nepal voluntarily supported the British and helped crush the opposition. I will present you a statement from the quasi-official version of the East India Company and  two more from two different books, poles apart, but which were written contemporareous to 1857 Indian… Read More Nepal in 1857 Indian War of Independence – What is the Truth?

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Delhi Media Is Hurting Brand India With Distortions – Mohandas Pai

From NDTV. A powerful read and I was expecting at least one such article for a long time. This is the view of a person who hates the prominence given to Delhi and to some extent, the Hindi belt. Very rarely, a positive word is written about something which is not from North India. This, reminds… Read More Delhi Media Is Hurting Brand India With Distortions – Mohandas Pai

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Stings And Lazy Journalism: Jawan’s Death Proves Partial Illegitimacy Of Stings – R Jagannathan

From Swarajya The tragic death of jawan Roy Mathew, who may have committed “suicide” after a website aired a sting operation in which he allegedly criticised the sahayak system in the army, raises ethical and moral issues on the legitimacy of such methods to collect “news”. While the jawan, who was unaware he was being… Read More Stings And Lazy Journalism: Jawan’s Death Proves Partial Illegitimacy Of Stings – R Jagannathan

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Manifesto of the Progressive Writers Movement, 1935

The Progressive Writers Movement formed as an anti-imperialistic and left-oriented literary movement with the aim to bring equality and attack social injustice. It was formed in 1935 in London as a consequence of a meeting of progressive Indian authors and it’s manifesto was published both in English and in Hindi. The manifesto, in English, published from… Read More Manifesto of the Progressive Writers Movement, 1935

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Operation Polo – Did the Hyderabadi Army fight the War?

Sometimes, history is that obfuscated that you need to knit it from multiple sources. This can happene even in the case of modern history where, in some areas, considerable effort is spent to obfuscate information. This generally happens as a consequence of a change of government – Britain leaving India because of which they burnt many… Read More Operation Polo – Did the Hyderabadi Army fight the War?

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Jung-e-Azadi – Maqdoom Mohiuddin

Finally…after a search for years. Maqdoom’s iconic battle cry against the Razakar Movement in Hyderabad. Ye jung hai jung-e-azadi, azadi ke parcham ke tale Hum Hind ke rehne vaalonki, mehkoomonki, majbooronki, Azadi ke matwaalonki, Dehkaanonki, majdooronki Saara sansaar hamara hai Purab paschim uttar dakhkhin Hum Afrangi, Hum Amreeki Hum Cheeni java jaane watan Hum surkh sipahi… Read More Jung-e-Azadi – Maqdoom Mohiuddin

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A Case of Acute Mental Trauma – How Nations are Unmade

His father was a very powerful noble who was made responsible for the maintenance and expansion of a considerable part of a powerful kingdom. He had four brothers and his father died after a long life of repute. His father’s life was entwined before another noble, who was equally powerful but of a vastly inferior caste and… Read More A Case of Acute Mental Trauma – How Nations are Unmade

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National Language Debate – First Attempt to Bulldoze Opposition to Hindi and the Royal Troll in Response

Seth Govind Das : I should like to say a few words to my South Indian Friends at the very outset. As I just now said, it has been a problem for me for a few days past and I have been thinking whether I should speak in English or in that official language which… Read More National Language Debate – First Attempt to Bulldoze Opposition to Hindi and the Royal Troll in Response

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National Language of India – the Attempt for Sanskrit

The Hindu – Sep 10 1949 – India’s State Language – Claims of Sanskrit – Amendment to be moved to Article India’s Law Minister Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, is among those who have sponsored Sanskrit as the official language of the Indian Union. One of his supporters is Dr. B. V. Keskar, India’s Deputy Minister for… Read More National Language of India – the Attempt for Sanskrit

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The Wrong Economist Won – Robert L. Pollock on Amartya Sen’s Nobel in Wall Street Journal

Interesting read, but doesn’t it reek of the regular Caucasian snobbishness and outrage at recognizing someone who isn’t a Caucasian White? Updated Oct. 15, 1998 12:01 a.m. ET We’ve grown used to seeing the Nobel Peace Prize go to terrorists (like Yasser Arafat) and the Nobel Prize in literature to Marxists (seemingly every winner). But… Read More The Wrong Economist Won – Robert L. Pollock on Amartya Sen’s Nobel in Wall Street Journal

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Satavahana Ruler List – Matsya Purana

If you know what to look and where to look, Indian scriptures give you tremendous information. Take for example, the list of Satavahana Emperors. Matsya Purana, in Chapter 273 gives a clear picture of the list of the rulers. And note, somewhere in the middle, there are these slokas which place them relatively – महापद्माभिषेकात्तु यावज्जन्मपरीक्षितः।… Read More Satavahana Ruler List – Matsya Purana

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Twenty Two types of Defeat in a Debate – Tarkasastra

Again from the same book, A History of Indian Logic: Ancient, Mediaeval and Modern Schools by Satish Chandra Vidyabhusana. Tarka Sastra by Vasubandhu (it’s Chinese translation came in 550 AD making this book much older than that) lists out 22 different types of defeat in a discussion – Hurting the Proposition Pratijna Hani Shifting the Proposition… Read More Twenty Two types of Defeat in a Debate – Tarkasastra

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Nasik Prasasti of Gautami Balasri

Nasik Inscription of Gautami Balasri, the mother of Gautamiputra(obvious, right?) Satakarni) is such a famous inscription, known by it’s famous name Nasik Prasasti is one of the most important ones over Satavahana history. Well, everyone knows the name and none knows what it contains, especially in these days of euphoria of the Telugu movie over the… Read More Nasik Prasasti of Gautami Balasri

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Poking at Aryan Invasion Theory – Two Inconsistencies

The standard argument put forward is that the so-called Aryans, some barbarians, raided India and burnt the Indus Valley Civilization to ground and took their place. They created an artificial language, a proof of which is not found even after hundred years, they  selectively picked and interpreted sections from the Vedas to fit their definition. Well,… Read More Poking at Aryan Invasion Theory – Two Inconsistencies

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Patel’s Speech on Princely State Integration – 12 Oct 1949

Gandhis and Nehrus are our freedom fighters, no one remembers those Hamidullah Khans and Jayachamaraja Wodeyars who sacrificed everything when promised something, that something far less than their sacrifices and even then, the promises stood reneged. Well, why did we cheat them, then? It’s not as if the money is huge. It is slightly less thanthe… Read More Patel’s Speech on Princely State Integration – 12 Oct 1949

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The Wrong Kamban – Patronage First and Everything Later

Well, it looks like, these days, I am posting more in languages I don’t know and would need serious help in giving them a decent translation. Today’s case is about a few poems attributed to Kamban. Due to some reason, Kamban, estranged from his patron Rajaraja II Chola, migrated to the court of Prataparudra I of… Read More The Wrong Kamban – Patronage First and Everything Later

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The Bargi Menace – Sifting Fact from Fiction

The word Bargi, meaning plunderer came to be synonymized with the Marathas in Bengal. The word originated from the Marathi Bargir meaning horseman and from Bargir-dari – guerrilla warfare which Marathas are famous for and which was introduced by Malik Ambar. The Maratha depredations were that that severe that people migrated away from the frontlines… Read More The Bargi Menace – Sifting Fact from Fiction

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An Agamic Estimation of the Idol of Lord Venkateswara of Tirumala

Again based on the book The Tirumala Temple. It looks like there are four types of Vishnu idols according to Agama Sastras – Yoga, Bhoga, Vira, Abhicharika. Bhoga Murti indicates wealth and should be installed in a village. Vira Murti is installed at the outskirts of a village and is used as a guardian deity.… Read More An Agamic Estimation of the Idol of Lord Venkateswara of Tirumala

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Tukka Panchakam – The lament of a Forlorn Woman

After trashing the Bahamani Sultanate, Sri Krishna Deva Raya turned his attention towards Kalinga. May be because of Kalinga’s support for rebellion in Udayagiri or may be to continue his exploits, he launched himself against Kalinga. Two armies marched, one through the southern route led by Timmarusu, may be through Srisailam-Panagal and one through the… Read More Tukka Panchakam – The lament of a Forlorn Woman

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Indo-Bangla Border and it’s Enclaves – A Curio and a Nightmare

It’s not just the southern part of Bangladesh which is tough to draw because of those many islands. The northern part, especially in Rangpur division was even tougher since there are around 200 stand alone bits scattered in India and Bangladesh, these bits ranging in size from 25 sq km to a few square metres, creating… Read More Indo-Bangla Border and it’s Enclaves – A Curio and a Nightmare

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Forced War I – Incompetence in East Africa

Well, someone gets a thought and the British decide to annex German East Africa comprising of the current Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania. With a German force of 3000 German of which only 1200 are active soldiers supported by 11000 African(wholly Askari?), it should have been a cakewalk for the British to take down the colony. The German… Read More Forced War I – Incompetence in East Africa

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The 72 Polygars of Madurai

Viswanatha Nayaka, for whatever reasons, divided his kingdom into 72 Palem(district)s, each headed by a Palegadu/Palayagadu/Polygar. Lifting directly from the Kakatiya administration(either they themselves are Kakatiya Nayak descendants or had someone close to them like the Sri Kalahasti-Chengalpattu-Vandavasi Velama Nayaks who are descended from Kakatiya Nayaks. After all, he is from the Vijayanagar Court and… Read More The 72 Polygars of Madurai

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Tom and Jerry – Tom strikes back – India and Pakistan at UNGA

Nawaz Sharif, UN General Assembly on 22 Sep 2016 Mr. President, Excellencies, Distinguished delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen. We congratulate Mr. Peter Thomson on his election as President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly. We agree that implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda should be the focus of this Session. We also pay tribute… Read More Tom and Jerry – Tom strikes back – India and Pakistan at UNGA

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