Monthly Archives: December 2017

Why did M.K Gandhi not get Bharat Ratna or the Nobel Peace Prize?

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By Sunil Kumar The Bharat Ratna; the highest civilian award in the Indian Republic was instituted in 1954. M.K. Gandhi was assassinated on Jan 30, 1948. So; clearly he couldn’t be given one. Edit: However; there have been many representations …

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If given a chance; would you like to be in Batman(Dark Knight trilogy) or Sherlock Holmes?

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By Sunil Kumar Since this question is a flight of fancy; I’d like to direct both; the Dark Knight and Sherlock Holmes; and get some share of the profits. Actors are better off doing their parts.

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Should Narendra Modi ban the BBC just like Indira Gandhi?

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By Sunil Kumar If Mr. Modi even contemplates banning the BBC; we would have to contend with another barrage of fascist allegations; the murder of democracy and squashing of dissent. The loudest voices in this crusade would not be British; …

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Who gave Ashoka the teachings of the Buddhist religion?

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By Sunil Kumar s one of India’s most famous emperors; Ashoka’s life story has been a constant source of debate and discussion. According to 11th century royal historian Kalhana; Ashoka was a devout Hindu till his conversion to Buddhism; and …

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Why was Hitler defeated in Russia?

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By Sunil Kumar Hitler was defeated in Russia for a simple reason: he was overconfident, smug and arrogant. The long story; after Hitler began rearming Germany in the mid 30s and assisted the winning side in Spain; he saw the …

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What are the stages of evolution in Greek philosophy?

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By Sunil Kumar Here’s a chronological list(note many different texts will have the same information in either exhaustive or lesser detail and various interpretations on significance depending on the writer’s preferences). THE PRE-SOCRATICS Around 600 BCE; the Greek cities of …

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What did the title dewan mean in British Raj? Was he superior to the ruler? What powers did the dewan have?

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By Sunil Kumar The original Persian title dewan meant an important government official, minister or ruler. It also refers to the chief revenue officer in a province or princely state. In the Indian context; the title of dewan or diwan …

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In the early days of colonialism; who was the Briton with multiple wives?

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By Sunil Kumar The question is slightly incorrectly framed; as some historians have mentioned that when the East Indian company had just started to make inroads into India; interracial marriage was quite common. So; there must have been multiple contenders …

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Did King Ashoka fight wars after converting to Buddhism?

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By Sunil Kumar This question is interesting but open to speculation. According to books I’ve read recently; the whole story of Ashoka becoming a pacifist after converting to Buddhism is open to debate. According to some historians; Ashoka’s conversion to …

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Why did the USSR invade Afghanistan?

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By Sunil Kumar The year was December 1979. The Cold War was still on; with the USA and the USSR competing for global influence. Both were equally paranoid; wanting practically every country on the globe to fall into their camp. …

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