Can Britons be considered as the reason for the birth of Indian nationalism, which was absent until 1857?

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By Sunil Kumar No, actually. A pan-Indian identity and ethos has been present in the subcontinent for a long time; and even foreigners and invaders acknowledged this. Indian identity was in existence since the Indus Valley Civilization with the Sumerian …

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Did Alexander the Great have a love life?

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By Sunil Kumar Ofcourse; Alexander was possibly bisexual. For a guy who wanted to reach the ends of the earth(the known world at the time) and who defeated the very formidable Persian empire; carnal relations were a sidetrack in his …

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Will Fox Mulder find his missing sister, Samantha in the new season 11 of the X-Files?

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By Sunil Kumar Have been watching Season 11 for some time now. Mostly focused on Mulder and Scully’s son Jackson Van De Kamp. The missing sister “Samantha” plot point which was used in many previous story arcs seems to be …

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Can you give us the clear difference between the nawabs and nabobs during the British colonization of India?

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By Sunil Kumar “Can you give us the clear difference between the nawabs and nabobs during the British colonization of India?” Not much of a difference; the words are nearly synonyms. Nabob is an old Anglo-Indian word used for people …

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Could French have become the ruling power in India instead of the British if they had not recalled Dupleix in 1754?

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By Sunil Kumar This is a very old question I have heard about in some books dealing with the period. Historical speculation. Much as I would like if European powers had packed up their bags sooner; Quora was an Indian-made …

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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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