If India was not granted independence in August 1947, would Ceylon have gained freedom from British occupation on February 4, 1948?

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By Sunil Kumar    No; most probably. The Indian empire was the foundation for most of British expansion in South Asia as well as East Asia(Malaya, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Opium wars in China etc). The “Jewel in …

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Why did Sanjay Gandhi slap Indira six times at a dinner party?

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By Sunil Kumar This is a famous story about Indira Gandhi and Sanjay reported by Washington Post Journalist Lewis M. Simmons. Supposed to have happened some time before the Emergency in 1975. Also mentioned by various media; and Vinod Mehta …

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Was there any visible change in Indira Gandhi’s working style after she was re-elected as PM in 1980?

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By Sunil Kumar After the 7th General elections were held on 3rd and 6th Jan 1980; Indira Gandhi again became the 8th Prime Minister with a landslide victory of 353 seats; on Jan 14th.   Her prime-ministership(the final innings of …

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How was Rahul Gandhi as a student?

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By Sunil Kumar Rahul Gandhi was an interesting student. Here’s the official version; Due to security concerns; he was home-schooled; and obtained degrees in international relations and development studies at the Universities of Rollins and Cambridge. Born in 1970; he …

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What are personal relations like between Maneka Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi?

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By Sunil Kumar The world’s largest democracy; and its most chequered and celebrated family; the two main Gandhi women; are as different as chalk and cheese. Although; they share the same profession; politics; their long history and relationship with the …

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Was Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel more competent than Nehru in the race for the first PM of India?

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was certainly more pragmatic and practical than Jawaharlal Nehru. M.K Gandhi however was very fond of Nehru and wanted the world to deal with a more articulate and suave face. Mr. Patel along with V.P Menon was …

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Do you think Bhagat Singh was the greatest legend in the history of India? Why?

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By Sunil Kumar I think Bhagat Singh was the greatest youth icon in India’s history. Although my respect for Shaheed Bhagat Singh(We should also mention Rajguru and Sukhdeo) is enormous; in the 5000(+/-) long story of India; there have been …

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Did the rise of the Maratha confederacy and the fall of the Mughal empire facilitate British colonization?

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By Sunil Kumar My answer to a qtn on Qra(the series continued); Interesting. The rise of the Maratha confederacy also happened due to the fact that the Mughal Empire weakened after the death of Aurangzeb in 1707. Shivaji; who laid the …

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Qra Answers Continued: Why doesn’t any media criticize Ambedkar ever?

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By Sunil Kumar Another Quora answer to a question on Dr. B.R Ambedkar. Answer: It is not politically convenient to criticize Dr. Ambedkar. So all parties are planning to co-opt him for their own agenda. For what it’s worth; there …

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Q Answers Series: History Of The Sikhs In Shanghai

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By Sunil Kumar The Qtn: What is the History of Sikhs in Shanghai? I read somewhere that the Shanghai Military police recruited Sikhs from British India for proper law and order implementation.. Can anyone provide detailed information about this please. …

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