The Romanovs

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By Sunil Kumar 9th month of 2017. On my visit to the U.K last month; picked up 3 books in Heffer’s Cambridge including this massive tome from Simon Sebag Montefiore; a history of Russia’s last imperial clan; the Romanovs. A …

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What does Nehru write about Shivaji in the “Discovery of India”?

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By Sunil Kumar My Qra answers continued: Excerpts from Nehru’s Discovery of India; “Only an Akbar might have understood the situation and controlled the new forces that were rising. Perhaps even he could have only postponed the dissolution of his …

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In what ways was Ashoka the great inspired by Buddhism and the Arthashastra?

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By Sunil Kumar Ashoka formed a strong empire and like other kings and emperors of the time intrinsically believed in the intrinsic powers of royalty. His religious world-view was tempered by Buddhism to the extent that he is supposed to …

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What are the top 10 non-fiction books about India everybody must read?

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By Sunil Kumar In no particular order; here are some non-fictional books about India that made an impact somewhat personally. Around India in 80 Trains – Monisha Rajesh: Liked the descriptions in this book, the train rides and different facets of …

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Sunday Salvation

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By Sunil Kumar As I ventured into the “Soulful Sunday” class; taking stock of my weekly moods that vary between bouts of patriotism; Spanish soap operas, Smallville and the daily social network trawling which yields both brickbats, bouquets and gems. …

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How were ministers in royal courts selected in Ancient and Medieval India?

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By Sunil Kumar Ancient and Medieval India is a long span of time characterised by many different kingdoms, ways of thinking, invasions and a change in thinking. However; there is still an underlying unified continuity. Earliest period: Indus Valley Civilization …

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Are Indian textbooks teaching true history?

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By Sunil Kumar(My Quora answers continued) Well; my answer to this question is subjective; based on my personal opinion, like most of Quora on a daily basis. We have to fundamentally examine what we mean by history. Is it the …

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Sanskrit Universe

By Sunil Kumar Continued; 3 accents of the vowels(svaras) udata: high pitch, anudat= low pitch, svarit= combination of pitch. Active Voice (कर्तृवाच्य / kartRRIvaachya): We will study “Active Voice” Study the following statements. Main Concepts: कर्ता, क्रिया, कर्म, kritrvachya- karma(with …

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Buddhist Theory of Apoha

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By Sunil Kumar Interesting article produced verbatim on my site: I THE STUDY OF THE problem of word-meaning in Indian philosophy has had a very complex and interesting development, much more interesting than is usually realized. It has probably sustained …

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Sanskrit Notes

By Sunil Kumar Aggregation: Pronunciation(uccharan) on the basis of Panini’s shiksha sutras. kantha: throat: mouth and throat are unrestrained talu: palatal: back of the tongue raised towards the palate Middle(murdha); high, lingual, cerebral: where the tip of the tongue reaches …

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