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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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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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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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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