Choked

By Sunil Kumar This week’s book review. Finished reading “Choked” by Pallavi Aiyar. Relatively quickly; within a day. The book is an instructive insight into pollution; and like for most women; the author’s interest was piqued after the birth of …

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Sacred Games – Book Review

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By Sunil Kumar A post after a long time. So here goes. Managed to read Vikram Chandra‘s 900+ pages book; Sacred Games. Since it’s going to be on Netflix; this spiked interest and I managed to decipher why the commissioning …

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What happens if Mumbai is the capital of India?

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By Sunil Kumar If Mumbai is the capital of India; then it will become a centre for political wheeling-dealing much like Delhi. Also; new infrastructure will have to be created for every different state and Maharashtra will have to shed …

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Which degree did Dr. Ambedkar do in London?

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By Sunil Kumar Dr. Ambedkar completed three degrees in London M.Sc: 1921 June, London School of Economics, London. Thesis – ‘Provincial Decentralization of Imperial Finance in British India’ D Sc. 1923 Nov London School of Economics, London ‘The Problem of …

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What were the contributions of Jawaharlal Nehru in achieving freedom?

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By Sunil Kumar Let us take a look at Jawaharlal Nehru’s life story(1889–1964). Cynicism left aside due to the current barrage of information detailing his numerous mistakes; I was a great fan of Nehru as a child. And I managed …

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Did the Sikh Gurus ever debate with Jain monks?

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By Sunil Kumar Before I touch on the story of a debate; according to Khushwant Singh, many eminent Jains admired the Sikh Gurus and came to their help in difficult times. When the ninth Guru Tegh Bahadur was preaching in …

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What exactly happened when Indira Gandhi devalued the rupee on 6/6/66?

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By Sunil Kumar Throughout the 1950s and the 60s; India had high trade deficits. The Indian rupee had been pegged to the pound sterling for a long time; and even in 1966; a lot of international trade happened in the …

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How did Modi and Swamy manage to evade arrest during Emergency? How was life affected?

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By Sunil Kumar My answer originally appeared on a knowledge-sharing network; Quora. Actually; S. Swamy’s story is more thrilling than Modi’s. According to the book “The Emergency” by Coomi Kapoor and online interviews given by Mr. Swamy; he and JP Narayan …

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How did the 1975 Emergency shape the future of Indian politics?

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By Sunil Kumar Thanks. 41 years since the 1975 Emergency. Indian politics has altered beyond belief in this time period. The immediate consequence of Indira Gandhi’s experiment was that India had a non-Congress government for the first time. Jayaprakash Narayan’s …

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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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