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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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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Which force was more instrumental in the destruction of the Mughal Empire, Nadir Shah or the Marathas?

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By Sunil Kumar Consider the Mughal Empire as a fine old building; decaying and about to collapse in 1857. Founded by Babur; expanded by Akbar; Aurangzeb’s reign sees a consolidation and puritanical intolerance. Two formidable enemies are more forged by …

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Can Britons be considered as the reason for the birth of Indian nationalism, which was absent until 1857?

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By Sunil Kumar No, actually. A pan-Indian identity and ethos has been present in the subcontinent for a long time; and even foreigners and invaders acknowledged this. Indian identity was in existence since the Indus Valley Civilization with the Sumerian …

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Can you give us the clear difference between the nawabs and nabobs during the British colonization of India?

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By Sunil Kumar “Can you give us the clear difference between the nawabs and nabobs during the British colonization of India?” Not much of a difference; the words are nearly synonyms. Nabob is an old Anglo-Indian word used for people …

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In the early days of colonialism; who was the Briton with multiple wives?

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By Sunil Kumar The question is slightly incorrectly framed; as some historians have mentioned that when the East Indian company had just started to make inroads into India; interracial marriage was quite common. So; there must have been multiple contenders …

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