Did Aristotle have any role in Alexander’s conquests, like Chanakya in Chandragupta?

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By Sunil Kumar Aristotle and Chanakya have a few similarities, but many differences. Unlike Kautilya a political and pragmatic strategist, who was instrumental in Chandragupta Maurya’s dethroning of the Nanda dynasty and laying the foundation of one of the ancient …

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Is it ironic that Nawazuddin Siddiqui, a man from UP playing the role of Bal Thackeray in his biopic who was against migrants from UP?

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By Sunil Kumar Yes, it is indeed ironic that Siddiqui is playing the part of Bal Thackeray in the biopic. I believe that this is going to be a 2-part series. But, this question would be better answered by the …

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How did China become such an advanced country in so little time?

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By Sunil Kumar Reams have been written on how China became an advanced country in a smaller time frame. It is particularly galling for us Indians as our democracy is a functioning anarchy. Also, nefarious designs by the country across …

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¿El Bhagavad Gita sigue siendo leído en India?

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Por Sunil K Sí, el Bhagavad Gita todavía se lee en millones de hogares indios. La base de la cultura y el pensamiento de la India se ejemplifica en religiones como el hinduismo, el budismo, el jainismo y el sijismo. …

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My Day At The 9th Tata Annual Lit Fest

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By Sunil Kumar Another day in the cross-currents of life. A literary sun is a different day, so yesterday found me at the inauguration ceremony of the 9th Annual Tata Lit Fest. After an understated beginning, attended by lesser people …

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If you could ask your favourite character from Orange is the New Black a question, who and what would it be?

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By Sunil Kumar My favourite character from Orange is the New Black would be Laura Prepon; who plays Alex Vause in ‘OITNB’. One question is not enough for me. I’d rather go for a dinner; and ask a load of …

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Why did no one ever dethrone the Mughals despite the fact that Delhi was conquered so many times by the Maratha, Durrani, British, etc.?

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By Sunil Kumar Interesting question. I will attempt to analyze the three disparate forces mentioned here and possible reasons for why nobody ever tried to dethrone the Mughals. After the invasions in the early 11th century, the Sultanates starting from …

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Is overpopulation the main cause of India not producing great mathematicians like Aryabhata, Brahmagupta, Sridharacharya and Ramanujan?

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By Sunil Kumar According to me; no. All of these mathematicians you mentioned were the product of a different cultural milieu. A way of life that prized learning above all else. The Greek philosopher/polymath Pythagoras acknowledged his debt to 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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