Monthly Archives: February 2018

If India had actively participated in WW2, would India have been a developed country just like how the WWs made US a superpower?

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By Sunil Kumar If India had been an independent country; and part of the winning side- The Allies; then it may have made some difference to India’s standing- mostly political and not economic. Another big if- as an independent country; …

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What is a micro history book?

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By Sunil Kumar A microhistory book is as the name suggests an intensive investigation into a small unit of research(for example; a single individual, a village, community or event). However; it aims to be profound in its scope and ask …

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British India had provinces like United Provinces, North-West Frontier Province, etc. Why did independent India name them as states whereas Pakistan continued with provinces?

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By Sunil Kumar Only a matter of terminology. Difference between provinces and states is largely a measure of history; the role of the central government; the polity and decision makers; the size of the country and its legal institutions and …

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If India was not granted independence in August 1947, would Ceylon have gained freedom from British occupation on February 4, 1948?

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By Sunil Kumar    No; most probably. The Indian empire was the foundation for most of British expansion in South Asia as well as East Asia(Malaya, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Opium wars in China etc). The “Jewel in …

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What was the name and status of Mumbai during the times of Emperor Ashoka?

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By Sunil Kumar Mumbai as it is today is the result of British reclamation of 7 islands and building of connecting roads by Indian entrepreneurs under colonial rule. Only the port of Sopara(near present-day Nala Sopara(technically Thane district) was famous …

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What will happen if we acquire the knowledge reserves of Nalanda and Taxila in some way? Is there any use of that knowledge in today’s world?

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By Sunil Kumar Hypothetical answer to a hypothetical question. If there had been no invasions of India; no partition and the entire library of Nalanda and Taxila was retrieved intact; then classical scholars and researchers would be able to determine …

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Why didn’t Hitler invade Leichtenstein?

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By Sunil Kumar Leichtenstein is a very small country; so irrelevant to the Nazi war machine which had much bigger aims and huge countries in mind in order to achieve Lebensraum: more land for the Germanic people E.G: The former …

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Are PM Modi’s statements about Nehru in the Indian parliament true?

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By Sunil Kumar With due respect to PM Modi; his opinions are partially true. So;yes and no.We know that jihadi toadies and their media outlets have an oversized impact in India with their own blinkered self-serving version of history; and …

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Why did the British come up with the idea of Commonwealth of Nations? What is the utility in that?

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By Sunil Kumar The British came up with the idea of the Commonwealth for a simple purpose: national self-importance. Even if its former colonies grudge centuries of brutal enslavement; the U.K was a very important nation in world affairs for …

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How did Ashoka’s conversion impact others beyond India?

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By Sunil Kumar Ashoka is one of the most revered figures in Indian history; but everything is not always black and white. As per many historians including Sanjeev Sanyal; Ashoka was not as noble as he is made out to …

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