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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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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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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Did Alexander have ambitions on conquering Nubia?

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By Sunil Kumar There are accounts that Alexander was certainly interested in conquering Nubia(present-day Southern Egypt and Central Sudan); to bolster his claims of being a “world” conqueror. However; his plans for going south of Egypt into Nubia were supposedly …

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What would happen if Sherlock Holmes would investigate a case in Bihar?

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By Sunil Kumar Depends on which Sherlock would be investigating; a 19th century Victorian Sherlock Holmes or a 21st century social media savvy new-age Sherlock . If Holmes along with Watson would be coming to one of “our colonies”; India …

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What was the role of Maratha kings in the fall of Vijaya Nagar Empire?

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By Sunil Kumar Founded in 1336 after rebellions against Tughlaq Rule in the Deccan; the Vijaynagar empire was a mighty kingdom that sparked a cultural and artistic renaissance in South India. Harihara and Bukka who established the kingdom are generally …

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Winds of Change

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By Sunil Kumar Watching Netflix and Obama with Letterman. So; flashing back to one of the final events I attended last year; a discussion on China featuring an Australian Richard Rigby; an ex-diplomat and Pramit Pal Chaudhari; who was I …

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