Why did Emperor Domitian banish all the philosophers in Rome in around 93 A.D.?

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By Sunil Kumar According to historians; Titus Flavius Domitianus or Domitian was hated by the aristocracy; and is mainly known for the reign of terror in the final years of his reign. Writers Tacitus and Pliny the Younger claim that …

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Why did the Soviet government censor the opera “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District” by Shostakovich?

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By Sunil Kumar Some of the reasons this opera was banned include; in-your-face sexuality that was perceived by the Soviet authorities as vulgar and anarchic; that would lead to disruption in society. Success abroad was termed by communist ideologues in …

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What is the impact of the Tudor period in the history of England?

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By Sunil Kumar Effects of the Tudor period on the history of England are quite profound. Indirectly; they were also quite substantially important for the country’s richest colony-to-be, India. England was a provincial backwater at the edge of Europe in …

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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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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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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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Who was Kalhan, the Writer of Rajtarangini? In which king’s court did he live?

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By Sunil Kumar For the story of Kalhan(or Kalhana); we need to take a trip nearly 900 years into the past. The son of a Kashmiri minister Carpaka; he was most probably a Brahmin who wrote the Rajtarangini(literally “River of …

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Why were Muslims considered a big reason for the Revolt of 1857?

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By Sunil Kumar Muslims were one of the reasons behind the 1857 Revolt; which is called “The First War of Indian Independence” in India; and rather uncharitably as “The Mutiny” by British historians. Now; consider India circa 1857. The mighty …

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