Monthly Archives: November 2016

How did Ramayana and Mahabharata influence the art and culture of India?

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By Sunil Kumar The Ramayana and Mahabharata are synonymous with the art and culture of India. They have had a greater impact on the Indian mindscape as billions of people have been affected and many have lived their lives based …

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Who inspired Gandhi?

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By Sunil Kumar According to the book “Gandhi Before India” by Ramachandra Guha; Gandhi’s stay in South Africa was more instrumental in his life story than anything else. As a student in the London Inner Temple; he was inspired by …

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Is everything presented in The Crown real?

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By Sunil Kumar The Great Smog of London episode is dramatized; and historically inaccurate. Although the pollution thing happened; the way the government deals with was a TV invention, and the British did something to rectify the situation; but only …

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Global Infobabble

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By Sunil Kumar The three tectonic shifts for news in India this year have been; Demonetization, Brexit and Trump. Although the latter two are significant only for the reams of global newsprint devoted to discussing their implications; demonetization is the …

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Did the Sikh Gurus ever debate with Jain monks?

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By Sunil Kumar Before I touch on the story of a debate; according to Khushwant Singh, many eminent Jains admired the Sikh Gurus and came to their help in difficult times. When the ninth Guru Tegh Bahadur was preaching in …

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What happened to Nachiketa?

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By Sunil Kumar Nachiketa was given to Yama(the god of death) by his father Vajashravasa after he noticed that only old, lame cows were being offered; and asked which god he would be given to.   After waiting for three …

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How is jet fuel traded?

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By Sunil Kumar Jet fuel is rarely traded in exchanges and usually involves hedging; an “over-the-counter” futures contract between two parties. Fuel prices and airline profits are volatile; so to stabilize this component in their balance sheet; jet fuel is …

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What is Moriarty’s past? What could have turned him into the brilliant criminal villain that we know of in Sherlock Holmes?

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By Sunil Kumar According to the stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle; Moriarty is a man of good birth and excellent education; endowed with a phenomenal mathematical faculty. When he was 21; he wrote a treatise on the Binomial theorem; …

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What were the underlying social,political, economic factors that led to many patriotic films made from 1995-2006?

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By Sunil Kumar In my opinion there was no substantial rise of patriotic films in India(1995–2006). In fact; most films after independence were substantially more anti-establishment; espousing socialist virtues(anti-zamindar, thakur, big industrialist); and the British; who we had recently gotten …

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What exactly happened when Indira Gandhi devalued the rupee on 6/6/66?

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By Sunil Kumar Throughout the 1950s and the 60s; India had high trade deficits. The Indian rupee had been pegged to the pound sterling for a long time; and even in 1966; a lot of international trade happened in the …

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