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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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 were mathematical symbols written in ancient India?

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By Sunil Kumar Mathematical symbols in ancient India. As every right-thinking Indian knows; without regarding the liberal bias for Western reworking of historiography; zero; the decimal system; infinities, infinitesimals, quadratic equations etc can all trace their lineage to Indic thought …

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Why did the East India Company become hostile towards Tipu Sultan?

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By Sunil Kumar Tipu Sultan was the ruler of Mysore in the last two decades of the eighteenth century(1700s). After the death of his father Haider Ali; Tipu fought three wars against the British East India Company; and it was …

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In Sherlock Holmes, how can Watson say to Holmes that he had never heard of Professor Moriarty in Final Problem, when he had already heard about him in the novel prior to it, the Valley of fear?

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By Sunil Kumar Writing fatigue or carelessness from the creator Arthur Conan Doyle probably. Any fictional world is the creation and vision of the author. And for a universally renowned canon like Holmes; amazingly so; as we have been imagining …

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What do other non black (white, brown skin, Chinese, etc) people think of Black Panther? Do you think it’s worth the hype?

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By Sunil Kumar Finally got the time to watch “Black Panther” in a jazzy multiplex. So; what did I think of one of the most successful “superhero” movies of all time? Any film is actually a combination of the narrative …

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Why is the Rummandei inscription of Ashoka famous?

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By Sunil Kumar Simple; The Rummandei inscription is close to the Buddha’s birthplace in Lumbini. Apparently; the Lumbini Pillar Edict or the Rummandei inscription recorded that sometime after the twentieth year of his reign, Ashoka travelled to the Buddha’s birthplace …

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What is the real cause behind Jawaharlal Nehru’s death?

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By Sunil Kumar Apparently; India’s betrayal by China in the 1962 war led to mental trauma; and caused a deterioration in his health leading to his death due to “an internal haemorrhage, a paralytic stroke, and a heart attack.” He …

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Whom should I follow, Rajiv Malhotra or Devdutt Pattanaik?

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By Sunil Kumar Don’t follow anyone in particular; keep a spirit of inquiry alive; and draw your own conclusions. I’m not commenting on the relative merits and demerits of Malhotra or Pattanaik; it depends on your perception and what you …

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