Why did Lord Krishna say in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, that among all powerful weapons he was Vajra? Why didn’t he say Sudarshan Chakra, which is the most powerful weapon and many times stronger than Vajra?

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By Sunil Kumar Any answer to this question is in the realm of speculation. I will hazard an answer. The Sudarshan chakra is a discus and it has a lot of power, probably more than the Vajra. But it is …

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Who do you like better, Hercule Poirot or Sherlock Holmes? And why?

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By Sunil Kumar Tricky question, but simple answer. I like both of them, but Sherlock Holmes definitely ranks higher in my mind. Reasons- Probably because I read ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ earlier, when I was 10 years old, and …

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Which character should be made responsible for the Mahabharata war?

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By Sunil Kumar I think your way of viewing the Mahabharata War as a blame game is totally wrong. Everybody is entitled to his or her own opinion, but this was a ‘dharma yuddha’, not a normal terrestrial conflict where …

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Why was the ‘Emergency’ period under Indira Gandhi neither discussed nor even mentioned in school?

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By Sunil Kumar Good question and observation. Even in Maharashtra, where I was in school, the Emergency was never discussed or mentioned. My school was a Jesuit institution, and although we had the usual skits on national integration etc, this …

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Do Indian texts like the Vedas mention the ancient Persians and Iranians at all?

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By Sunil Kumar Giving an answer to your question would be reaching far back into hoary antiquity, when the concept of modern nation-states was not there, and the world was in a fluid civilizational construct. For example, the history of …

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What actually happened to the leg of King Henry VIII?

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By Sunil Kumar Henry VIII was involved in a jousting accident in a tournament at Greenwich Palace on 24 January 1536. His queen was Anne Boleyn, for which he had taken on the Pope, created a new Christian denomination(Anglican) in …

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Why did William Dalrymple call Delhi ‘The City of Djinns?’

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By Sunil Kumar You must be referring to one of his early books on Delhi- The City of Djinns. In fact, this was the first book of his I had read, although subsequently I managed to run through many of …

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Why did Indian soldiers not revolt against the British during WW-I?

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By Sunil Kumar World War I or what European academics terms as the ‘Great War’ was early days for the Indian revolutionary movement. If you remember, India’s most famous icon M.K Gandhi also supported the British in this war, as …

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Do you think ‘Henry Cavill’ could have been a better choice to play ‘King Henry VIII’ instead of ‘Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ in ‘The Tudors’?

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By Sunil Kumar Frankly, no. Neither actor looks like the real Henry VIII- an obese man who was reportedly massive – this comes across in many portraits and artifacts. I can vouch for this as a fact as I’ve seen …

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Why didn’t King Henry viii’s son from the third wife become the next king of England but his daughter from second wife became the queen?

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By Sunil Kumar The son did become the next king of England. By the second wife, I think you mean Anne Boleyn who Henry VIII executed. His son Edward from his third beloved wife Jane Seymour did become King (Edward …

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