Monthly Archives: March 2018

What if Hitler hadn’t killed himself?

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By Sunil Kumar Interesting. Let us consider the day Hitler commits suicide in his underground bunker; April 30, 1945. Along with him; his two-day old wife Eva Braun and Alsatian dog Blondi.   In any case; the Germans were …

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Who do you think are more wealthy- today’s billionaires like Jeff Bezos or great emperors like Akbar?

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By Sunil Kumar Consider the context in which both operated; Jeff Bezos in a 21st century globalized world; and Akbar; as an emperor of one of the richest countries of the medieval universe; India.  As per Forbes- click on …

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What would have happened if Chandragupta Maurya and Acharya Chanakya had tried to extend the Mauryan empire towards China?

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By Sunil Kumar To try to give an answer to this fictional scenario; let us consider the Mauryan empire at the time of Chandragupta Maurya and the “China” of the time period. In fact the word “China” in English comes …

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Why did Napoleon call Britain “a nation of shopkeepers”?

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By Sunil Kumar Like Hitler; Napoleon Bonaparte was a big enemy of the British; and believed that all of Europe should be under his control. The U.K has always had a geographic advantage of being an island. Bonaparte was less …

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Where was the 1979 film ‘Junoon’ by Shyam Benegal shot?

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By Sunil Kumar Junoon was a 1978 film starring Shashi Kapoor; his wife Jennifer Kendal, Tom Alter etc. The timeframe is around the 1857 “First War of Indian Independence”.Based on noted “hills” writer Ruskin Bond’s fictional novella “A Flight Of …

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How accurate are the events of the movie “The Darkest Hour” to the actual historical events?

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By Sunil Kumar Watched this a few weeks back and the movie sticks close to fact; but adds a little bit here and there for dramatic effect. Cinematography and acting by Gary Oldman as the old man is engaging; obvious …

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Are black cabs the only cabs in London?

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By Sunil Kumar Apart from London black cabs called “hackney carriages” for historical reasons; the English have had “mini-cabs” for more than 50 years. Have seen Adverts and cards in many restaurants, hotels, hostels and establishments in the U.K. Uber …

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Who is the actual architect of the NE election triumph for the BJP, Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, or Ram Madhav?

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By Sunil Kumar Apart from the reasons mentioned in the other answer; the architects of the BJP triumph in the North East are PM Narendra Modi’s charisma, anti-incumbency against a government which ruled for 25 years; Ram Madhav, Sunil Deodhar; …

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What was winnowing in world history?

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By Sunil Kumar An agricultural method. Threshing is separating the grain from the stalks. In early days this was accomplished by men hitting it with a flail(an implement consisting of handle with a free swinging stick at the en). After …

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Why does Gandhi get all the credit for Indian independence when the British left India largely because of the damage Hitler had caused to them in WWII? Shouldn’t he get blamed for the partition of the country & the death of millions of Sikhs/Muslims?

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By Sunil Kumar M.K Gandhi gets all the credit for Indian freedom as he was the most “famous” icon of Indian Independence. Rabindranath Tagore transformed Mohandas into a “Mahatma”. The British left India due to multiple reasons: a “naval” mutiny …

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