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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What was the name and status of Mumbai during the times of Emperor Ashoka?

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By Sunil Kumar Mumbai as it is today is the result of British reclamation of 7 islands and building of connecting roads by Indian entrepreneurs under colonial rule. Only the port of Sopara(near present-day Nala Sopara(technically Thane district) was famous …

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Are PM Modi’s statements about Nehru in the Indian parliament true?

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By Sunil Kumar With due respect to PM Modi; his opinions are partially true. So;yes and no.We know that jihadi toadies and their media outlets have an oversized impact in India with their own blinkered self-serving version of history; and …

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Did Alexander have ambitions on conquering Nubia?

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By Sunil Kumar There are accounts that Alexander was certainly interested in conquering Nubia(present-day Southern Egypt and Central Sudan); to bolster his claims of being a “world” conqueror. However; his plans for going south of Egypt into Nubia were supposedly …

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Can somebody list all the disastrous moves made by Congress since independence?

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By Sunil Kumar Let’s see ;Congress has been in power for most of Independent India’s existence; from 1947 to 2018(presently). Only exceptions; 1977 to 79; 97 to 2004; and 2014 to now. Starting with the cardinal sin of India’s Partition …

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Which is better; New Delhi or Mumbai? Why?

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By Sunil Kumar There should be a little clarity on what you mean by better. Jumping into the eternal Delhi-Mumbai tussle; I’d like to say that both are equally lousy compared to international cities. I’ve lived nearly all my life …

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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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Jaipur, LitFests And Life

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By Sunil Kumar My 244th Post on this site. About the flowing river of partial cerebral ecstasy that is the Jaipur Literature Fest. By now; I’m sort of a veteran of this relentless idea/thought/self-importance blabbering described as a meeting crossroads …

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Is Bollywood movie ‘Rustom’ based on a real incident?

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By Sunil Kumar Yes; the movie ‘Rustom’ is a fictional reworking of a real-life incident. Here’s some of it in detail; On the afternoon of April 27, 1959 Commander Kawas Maneckshaw Nanavati stepped out of his home in Cuffe Parade, …

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