Why Alexander said while dying: “To the best” and not: “To the best Greek”? Is it because he had a Persian family and allies from India?

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By Sunil Kumar Most accounts of Alexander and what he said are reconstructions from medieval romances. The man had become an icon; larger than life in the imagination of the world of the time largely due to his popularity in …

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Did Nehru go for the Salt March?

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By Sunil Kumar   The Salt March or the Dandi Satyagraha was one of the greatest acts of defiance and PR successes of the Indian freedom struggle. Receiving no response from the British Viceroy Irwin about his complaint about the …

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Why did Europeans develop the curiosity to explore the world and/or colonise, but not Indians, Chinese or Muslims in the early modern period (after 15th century) even though they were quite advanced in science?

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By Sunil Kumar Wholly dependent on the political situation in all these nations vis-a-vis the Europeans. For India; practically all of the subcontinent was overrun by barbaric Muslim hordes coming from West and Central Asia. How could Indians(or Indic kingdoms) …

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What if Fox Mulder met Sherlock Holmes?

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By Sunil Kumar Fox Mulder meeting Sherlock Holmes is a very improbable scenario. However; as we are talking about two fictional characters they can meet in some sort of comics crossover or a science-fiction/fantasy scenario on British/American TV. Now if …

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How many of you support Narendra Modi just because there is no other better option?

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By Sunil Kumar  Definitely want a better option than every leader we have currently. Politics globally is muck-raking; but it seems to have reached endemic proportions in India. Wishful thinking; but even so-called “educated” technocrats and self=proclaimed social reformers rehash …

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What was the objective of Dalhousie behind the doctrine of lapse?

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By Sunil Kumar Simple. Dalhousie was a Scottish thief, charlatan and a swindler who wanted to please his Queen Victoria by manipulative legal agreements that denied Indian kings, princes and small chieftains their justified rights. European colonists did not care …

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Why did Eastern Europe become so violent post the dissolution of the Soviet Union?

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By Sunil Kumar Eastern Europe has always been a violent place. In Communist times; there was a sense of outward order as the media was not free and there was enforced order; as most of the countries were vassal states …

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What TV series did you enjoy so much you wish you could watch it again without the knowledge of what will happen and why?

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By Sunil Kumar As an Indian who enjoys watching TV series from around the world; here’s a short list from whatever I can recall currently. Will keep on changing. From India: Mahabharata(B.R Chopra); Indradhanush, Darr(95–96: Irfan with Anurag and Abhinav …

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Who is your favourite character from Indian history; and why?

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By Sunil Kumar Who i My favorite character from Indian history is the unknown man/woman; citizens of the idea of India who had to bear witness to the unfolding of so many different changes/upheavals in their world; physically, mentally and …

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How did the Marathas help the Sikhs?

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By Sunil Kumar The story of North India is slightly different from the West(or Maharashtra- The HQ of the Marathas) but there was/is a strand of continuity in the entire Indian subcontinent. After the great Vijayanagara empire was destroyed by …

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