Monthly Archives: December 2016

Can Ashwini Kumaras be compared with Castor and Pollux?

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By Sunil Kumar Apart from the fact that both of them are twins; and invoked for helping people(either through medicine or sailors); it is a stretch to draw a comparison. The Ashwins are sons of Surya and Saranyu; sometimes Samajna; …

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Why did JRD Tata support the Indian Emergency?

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By Sunil Kumar JRD Tata was definitely old school; a generation of industrialists who pioneered change during the early years of independence; and a byproduct of the British Raj.   This is not to undermine his contribution to Indian aviation …

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Why was Ardhamagadhi Prakrit used to write the scriptures of Jainism?

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By Sunil Kumar The reason for this is quite simple; it was the language of the court in the most powerful empire of the time – the Magadha janapada which later morphed into the Mauryan empire. The Jain agamas were …

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Who are the most significant goddesses in Greek mythology?

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By Sunil Kumar From what I’ve read a long time back; book by Edith Hamilton, a few major Greek goddesses. After the Roman empire conquered Greece; many of their names had Roman equivalents which are equally famous. Aglaia: The Greek …

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What is the depth of the Strait of Malacca?

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By Sunil Kumar The Strait of Malacca connects the Andaman sea(Indian Ocean) and the South China sea(Pacific Ocean). Running between the Indonesian Island of Sumatra to the West; and peninsular(West) Malaysia and extreme southern Thailand to the east; it has …

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Was India’s first nuclear test named Smiling Buddha in response to the US fleet stationed in the Bay of Bengal? Had India not tested the nuke; what would be the result?

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By Sunil Kumar There are two versions why India’s first nuclear test was called “Smiling Buddha”. Device detonation was on 18 May 1974(Buddha Jayanti) – a festival marking the birth of Siddhartha Gautama aka the Buddha. Also; according to Shekhar …

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Why does Greek mythology focus more on being a hero; while Indian mythology on a leader?

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By Sunil Kumar I think the difference is in the cultural framework; and looking at things. Greece is a Western society; more individualistic, cut-throat and relies more on personal bravery and aggrandizement. So you have people like Theseus, Hercules, Perseus, …

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What were the contributions of Jawaharlal Nehru in achieving freedom?

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By Sunil Kumar Let us take a look at Jawaharlal Nehru’s life story(1889–1964). Cynicism left aside due to the current barrage of information detailing his numerous mistakes; I was a great fan of Nehru as a child. And I managed …

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The Brown Man’s Burden

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By Sunil Kumar Reading Shashi Tharoor and Obama the past week; the Brown Man’s Burden surfaced in my consciousness with alarming regularity. Although the only dreams appealing are mine alone; yet the eloquence, deep and probing intellects of these two …

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