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History

Who was Shah Jahan as per his own chronicles?

The history and life of Shahjahan, the Mughal Emperor, has been described in a book called Padshahnama or Badshahnama.  The account it provides is very different from what the official history books have told us about Shah Jahan.  This is also true of Akbar, which we saw in an earlier

29 Apr 20 5 min read
History

Analysis of the 2018 Elections – Part 1

Shankaran Pillai once fell in the septic tank on the side of a building with no one looking.  He started shouting – “Fire Fire”.  Soon a passerby called the fire-brigade who came looking that side and seeing this poor man in that filthy tank pulled him out and asked “Where is

11 Dec 18 5 min read
History

How Western Wealth was Plundered from Colonies like India

There is a truth that needs telling. There is context that needs explaining. The racial superiority of Europeans over the people of the past colonies is predicated on ONE lie – that the former were advanced and rich. They were NOT. Their wealth and riches is a measure of their barbarity.

10 Aug 18 2 min read
History

Nehru did Indeed Insult FM Cariappa and General Thimayya!

In an election rally, India’s PM Modi said that Congress has humiliated both General Thimayya and Field Marshal Cariappa.  A fact that the Congress aligned sites and online video blogging sites have tried to argue against.  Let us first begin with some facts from Kashmir War of 1948 and

09 May 18 8 min read
History

Kamala Nehru and Feroze Gandhi: A Love Affair

Nehru-Gandhi family’s sexual dalliances have been the stock of many a novel and films.  Everyone knows about flirtatious Nehru, lonely yet exploring Indira and wild Sanjay.  But the story of the family’s romantic history is far wider and deeper. Feroze was a Parsi (real name – Feroze Jehangir Ghandy)

03 May 18 2 min read
Africa

How can the Africans and Blacks Succeed?

In Anthony Bourdain’s Lagos related program [https://explorepartsunknown.com/destination/lagos/], there was a discussion with a local TV anchor – someone who also anchors the Presidential debates there.  She made a stunning comment that hit me hard.  She said – and I am paraphrasing – Blacks in Africa and the African-Americans

16 Oct 17 4 min read
History

Should Evil of History Ever be Commemorated?

As the confederate monuments were being brought down in the US, my mind wandered to the fetish of the Indian Secularists with genocidal devils and their attempts to not just honor them but to actively sanitize their characters by re-writing history. One man – way back in history said this [http:

17 Aug 17 5 min read
Asia

Mind-Blowing Pictures of World War II Relics in Ocean and Jungles

The Guadacanal is an island in Solomon Islands, a small nation.  During World War II, a major battle was fought here called the Guadalcanal Campaign,  or theBattle of Guadalcanal.  It was code-named Operation Watchtower.  Solomon Islands is a country over 28,400 square kms with 6 major and 900 smaller

06 Dec 16 5 min read
Hinduism

Why Does Khajuraho Temple Have Sexually Explicit Carvings?

Mandana Misra was a householder spiritual Guru of his time who was a student of mimamsa scholar Kumarila Bhatta.  He would perform all the rituals of the Vedas and followed the methods detailed in the Vedas.  When Adi Shankara went about the country promoting Spiritual way of life, he came

26 Aug 16 6 min read
History

Two Great Escapes That Changed India’s History Forever!

Aug 18th.  This is the day of Great Escapes in Indian history.  Two amazing and daring escapes which decidedly changed the future of India forever. The first was by Shivaji, who escaped the Agra Fort on Aug 18th from the clutches of the Mughal tyrant Aurangzeb.  The second was the

18 Aug 16 4 min read
History

Is Lake Mansarovar the Playground of Alien Forms?

We were on our way to a very special place – the Lake Mansarovar.  We had made the journey through very high altitude and some of us had fallen sick due to altitude sickness even though the journey was made very easy due to great roads that the Chinese had built

30 Apr 16 3 min read
History

Was Lal Bahadur Shastri Assassinated? By whom?

Lal Bahadur Shastri was the Prime Minister who almost led India to a victory, when he had to go to Tashkent to talk of truce with Pakistan.    We have discussed it earlier in our blog post “The Betrayal of Tashkent in 1965 [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/betrayal-tashkent-1965/]“.  Here

13 Feb 13 1 min read
History

Did Krishna really exist?

Was Krishna real or not.  Did he walk this earth?  Well some people are doing some research and here is an interesting video based on research on one guy – Prof Achar. ALso read through the detailed research articles by another person, Mr. Ramesh Panchwagh, which differ slightly from Prof. Achar’

17 Jan 13 1 min read
History

Mauritian President: “I am a Bihari”

Indian diaspora is spread all over the world.  And it constantly returns to trace its roots and heritage.  One such visit was by the Mauritian President Rajkeswur Purryag.  He broke down as he met villagers from Bihar, who are apparently related to him. > Mauritius PresidentRajkeswur Purryag turned emotional and broke

07 Jan 13 2 min read
Health & Medicine

Are Tattoos an advanced form of Acupunture?

Tattoos today are more a fashion statement.  In fact, in some cases, they signify rebellion to tradition in modern society.  But that may not have always been true.  Tattoos, it seems, may have been used to help in alleviating some illness or health issue in prehistoric times.  Interestingly, an Iceman

11 Dec 12 16 min read
History

Chanakya’s speech on how to keep Hinduism alive

Chanakya TV series was one of the best ever.  Many people I know still go back to it.  Chanakya was an inspiring personality in his own time and even now.  He brought the nation of India together in a way that no one had done before him or later.  He

10 Dec 12 2 min read
History

Famous people who missed Titanic disaster narrowly

Guglielmo Marconi – the father of long distance radio transmission, developer of radio telegraph system and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics in 1909 was offered a free passage on Titanic which floated off on Wednesday 10 April 1912.  But he had something to finish and needed to have a stenographer

05 Dec 12 3 min read
History

Suppression of History and India’s Civilization

Pashupati seal from HarappaJuan Armenta Camacho and Cynthia Irwin-Williams started excavations in 1962 at Hueyatlaco, which is an archeological site in Valsequillo, Mexico. The team was joined by Virginia Steen-McIntyre in 1966. What the excavation came up with should have shaken the very root of Historical studies in the world.

03 Jun 12 5 min read
History

Impact of Climate Change and Saraswati River study and analysis

A recent science article [http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120528154943.htm] suggested that the Harrapan civilization ended due to a flood and climate change. > The new study suggests that the decline in monsoon rains led to weakened river dynamics, and played a critical role both in the development

02 Jun 12 5 min read
History

Losing our Historical Legacy

India’s heritage seems to be in a major crisis. As a nation, India has not really cared for its historical legacy and day by day, it seems to get worse.  Recently Comptrollers and Auditor General of India came out with its take on how the historical sites and legacy

30 Apr 12 2 min read
History

Cult of Eminent Indian Historians and the Ayodhya verdict

It has been said time and again that the so called “Indian History” experts were anything but.  Justice Aggarwal declared: > “One cannot say that though I had made a statement but I am not responsible for its authenticity since it is not based on my study or research but what

09 Oct 10 5 min read
History

How the British conquered the Indians

I recently came across a review written in 1893 (March 19) in New York Times [http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?_r=1&res=9B04EEDA1F3FEF33A2575AC1A9659C94629ED7CF] of book “The Rise of the British dominion in India” by Sir Alfred Lyall. The piece describes the view of the “other side” on

06 Sep 10 6 min read
History

When African Slaves fought British in Indian War of 1857

African continent has been the worst victim of humankind’s worst crime – Slavery.  While Europeans and Whites in the US have been often characterized as the main culprits, that is not the whole truth. The art of keeping slaves was actually perfected by the Arabs.  The trend was pre-Islamic but

02 Sep 10 4 min read
History

Astronomical Proof of the Mahabharata War and Shri Krishna: Part I

Why one more date based on the astronomical evidence quoted from the Mahabharata?  I have made this effort for the following reasons: * All the previous dates by various scholars are from misunderstood quotes, incorrect translations and incorrect conversions between the Gregorian calendar and the Indian astronomical calendar. These scholars here

01 Sep 10 7 min read
China

Chinese came from Indians

If the issue had not been settled as yet, here is another study (Aryan Invasion Theory is REALLY a Myth [https://drishtikone.com/?q=blog/aryan-invasion-theory-really-myth]).Mapping Human Genetic History in Asia is the study conducted in 10 countries including India.  From Indian side the team comprised: Council of Scientific

11 Dec 09 1 min read
History

How India got its Independence – The Real Story

Utpal Dutt, the actor who played comedian in one of most memorable role in Hindi Cinema in Golmaal, was arrested on December 27, 1965 by the Government of West Bengal under the Preventive Detention Act. The Government of Bengal and India feared he was “subversive”. Why? Because he wrote a

14 Oct 09 5 min read
History

Racial Genocides, Aryan Racism and the Aryan Invasion Theory

The development of the racialist theory of the superiority of the Aryan “master” race is often attributed to Joseph Arthur de Gobineau, a French aristocrat and novelist and “Father of modern Racial Demography”.  He did so in his book An Essay on the Inequality of the Human Races (1853–1855)

11 Oct 09 8 min read
History

Aryan Invasion Theory is a Myth: large Harvard study

I still remember so much of hue and cry was made by the so-called secular fraternity in India on (i) why the Aryan Invasion Theory was true and (ii) anyone criticizing was doing so out of “inferiority complex” and with “Hindu superiority” leanings.  As if looking for a factual explanation

27 Sep 09 1 min read
History

Krishna and Mahabharat: Historical reality

Dr Manish Pandit, a nuclear medicine physician from UK is making a movie on Krishna as a historic figure.  Pandit has based his movie on dates and timelines coming out of scientific based research by credible evidence based on Archeology, Astronomy and Linguistics, apart from Oral evidence from Indian tradition.

30 Aug 09 13 min read
History

Indus Valley Script being deciphered

Indus Valley script is on the verge of being de-coded.  Work on it has been in controversy because of overzealous and self-important Western Historians who somehow believe that Indian scientists are less capable of doing the right job on Indian history, because they may be “clouded by their bias”.  Such

08 Aug 09 1 min read
History

Taste 9000 year old Beer Recipe soon

A 9000 year old beer recipe is now going to be available to the world. > Called Chateau Jiahu, this blend of rice, honey and fruit was intoxicating Chinese villagers 9,000 years ago—long before grape wine had its start in Mesopotamia. University of Pennsylvania molecular archaeologist Patrick McGovern had

31 Jul 09 1 min read
History

Netaji Bose on Time's cover

On March 7, 1938, Subhash Chandra Bose was on the Time cover.  Not that Time really loved Netaji, in fact Time used a lot of pejoratives for him all the time and his Indian National Army.  Of course, Time would also refer to Gandhi with a sarcasm calling him “Saint

17 Jul 09 1 min read
History

Akbar's Intriguing departure from his predecessors

Today I downloaded a book from Project Gutenberg – a source of free books whose copyrights have expired.  This book is titled “Akbar, Emperor of India” written by Richard von Garbe (Rector of the University of Tubingen) reprinted in April, 1909.[1] The author talks of how Akbar was one of

13 Jun 09 3 min read
History

How to talk to Ice Age folks

Have you ever thought if you were transported to the Ice Age or Stone Age, how would you communicate with those people?  Well according to a new study it seems that at least we will be able to speak some thing. And what about going forward?  Well, there are somethings

28 Mar 09 1 min read
History

Buddhist artifacts of 2000 years back found in Gujarat

Gujarat once had a big presence of Buddhism.  Hsieng Tsang had also documented that in his travelogues when he visited Vadnagar between 640 and 644 AD.  He had documented presence of 1,000 Buddhist monks and 10 Buddhist monasteries.  For last decade more and more Buddhist artifacts have been found.

17 Aug 08 1 min read
History

Conquest of Goa and our blind generation!

Tale of India’s conquest and its decline is so horrendous and so depressing that everytime you hear about a new element it leaves you will utter disbelief!  How could someone do such a thing??  Read this story of Goa’s conquest.  It would have been fine, if we had

29 Jul 08 3 min read
History

Nehru's arrogance and scorn for which we keep paying

In the world of geopolitical maneuvering either you should become a powerful “bad-ass” or side with one. Those who do neither and with arrogant demeanour as well as false confidence as their ally are very few and far between. India had the dubious distinction [http://www.thehindujobs.com/thehindu/2004/

26 Jul 08 2 min read
History

Betrayal of the jawan who died un-named

“Dear Comrade, On the eve of my visit to China, I venture to write to you to dispel doubts and rumors.” Thus wrote Jawaharlal Nehru [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,823573,00.html] to each member of his Cabinet in 1954 before his famous (and in

26 Jul 08 3 min read
History

Aryan Invasion Theory: the myth cant die?

There is yet another discussion going on at another blog – Shunya [http://blog.shunya.net/shunyas_blog/2008/07/indigenous-arya.html?cid=123310506#comment-123310506] – on the so-called Aryan-Invasion Theory. It is interesting the way Namit, the author of the post characteristizes different protagonists in the discussion. Subhash Kak (head of

22 Jul 08 3 min read
History

Choco alcohol.. 1100 BC back..

What could be worse than being a chocoholic?  Or an Alcoholic?  Becoming an addict of alcohol made of chocolate!  Now this was going on ···1100 BC .. where else?  In Latin America [http://discovermagazine.com/2008/apr/07-getting-drunk-on-chocolate-in-1100-bc]… > A recent chemical analysis of 3,000-year-old pottery shards in northern Honduras turned

03 Jun 08 1 min read
History

When Prostitution was a state enterprise and paid for by the State

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I had talked about prostitution in an earlier post [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=blog/spitzer-law-enforcers-human-failing-and-10000-years-pretense] and how despite its presence and ability to thrive in every society, everyone has closed their eyes to its inevitability and played a holier-than-thou game only to abuse the women folk

23 Mar 08 2 min read
History

The Indian Magic Mango Trick

This is a very interesting picture [http://ian.macky.net/secretmuseum/page_3.22.html] set from “The Secret Museum of Mankind [http://ian.macky.net/secretmuseum/index.html]“.  I am not sure of the year of this picture – but it seems really old!  The Asia section also has some

12 Feb 08 1 min read
History

Myths of Gandhism, Ram, and the Partition

Mahatama Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948.  It has roughly been 60 years since then.  For all these years, a lie – and a blatant one at that – has been perpetuated by the Indian National Congress.  That, while dying he uttered the words – “Hey Ram”.  This was to make him

09 Feb 08 5 min read
Economics

How can India progress?

We are a country and a society that is badly wounded and impoverished over the centuries. I would argue that it has as much to do with our attitude of self-induced helplessness as much as it is to do with the needless aggression of the outsiders. Nevertheless, a beginning needs

24 Oct 07 4 min read
History

Today in History

Today is my Mother’s birthday! So, Happy Birthday Mom! Today’s Events in History 1740 – Maria Theresa (pictured) assumed the throne of the Habsburg Monarchy in Austria, following the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713. 1818 – The United Kingdom and the United States signed the Treaty of 1818, which settled the

20 Oct 07 1 min read
History

Today in History

People born today:Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar [http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/refpages/refarticle.aspx?refid=761566035], American astrophysicist and Nobel laureate (1910) Sir Thomas Browne [http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/refpages/refarticle.aspx?refid=761567522], English physician (1605) Auguste Lumière [http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/refpages/refarticle.aspx?refid=761573634], French

20 Oct 07 1 min read
History

Jodha-Akbar's Trailer

Here is a trailer from Jodha-Akbar, the movie by Ashutosh Gowarikar. I saw it at Ravi’s site [http://bolllywood.blogspot.com/]. I must say that the movie looks extremely promising!

15 Oct 07 1 min read
Education

How do Languages Evolve?

Languages change in strange manners. There are words in Indo-European languages that are still very similar – like the pronunciation of the word for numeral 2 – Dos (Spanish), Do (Hindi), Dva (Russian). Yet, there are many words, obviously, that are very different! There’s a reason why Japanese translations [https://word-connection.

12 Oct 07 2 min read
History

Myths of Islamic "Sciences" and its history

A very interesting blog from Global Politician, Islam, the Greeks and the Scientific Revolution, part 1, [http://globalpolitician.com/articledes.asp?ID=3559&cid=3&sid=9] by Norwegian blogger Fjordman. Here he argues that Islam and the Arabs may have transferred knowledge, but they didn’t contribute much of

08 Oct 07 3 min read
Economics

Change keeps the Past Current!

India has a lot of problems – population, apathy of the educated, pollution, and corruption.  That is what keeps the country down.  Can it move on?  Tom Friedman said that technology is a great equalizer.Vinay Rai [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=think_india_an_interesting_book_from_my_

22 Sep 07 2 min read
History

Today's Ram never Existed!

I often wonder if it is time that God be abolished from the public life?  The personalities that fill up the pantheon of "Gods" around the world are USED shamelessly by everyone. In the US, when a politician or a pastor rapes young boys as a gay and he suddenly

14 Sep 07 4 min read
History

Indian History – finally someone talks sense!!

The Indian pseudo-seculars, the Indologists, and the Indian "historians" have long claimed nonsensical stuff in the name of Indian history.  Their claims were as credible as Snow-white’s story is.. with at times hardly any basis.  Never have any scientific methods been used in learning from history by this "intellectuals"

11 Sep 07 1 min read
History

Jehad, Economics and the Structure of Islam!

> "Interestingly, we’ve found that the vast majority are not inspired by jihad or hate for the coalition or Iraqi government – the vast majority are inspired by money," said Captain John Fleming of the navy, who is spokesman for coalition detainee operations in Iraq. This is the conclusion of this

26 Aug 07 2 min read
History

Communists and the downright Anti-National Marxists!

Netaji, Vivekananda, and Aurobindo are the forgotten Bengali geniuses as they are inconvenient to the Marxists Here is another article [http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=14514872] that clearly shows the utter hypocrisy of the Communists.. and Marxists in particular!  People whose masters were and are rabidly arnti-Indian.. can’

25 Aug 07 2 min read
History

How Partition affected the Sub-continent's Music soul!

Some letters in the Pakistani daily Dawn are sometimes very interesting.  Here is another one.. where this guys juxtaposes the melodies born out of the melting pot of Bengal, UP and Punjab.. against the "two nation theory" and partition.  How partition took away – ruthlessly – the soul and the many wonders

22 Aug 07 2 min read
History

Modern Indian History timeline

Here is a very informative timeline of Indian history given in a comment by Harpreet [http://www.shekharkapur.com/blog/archives/2007/07/partition_of_in.htm#comment-96306] on Shekhar Kapur’s blog.  I think it should be shared with all. Part One – the East India Company1600 Elizabeth I grants

31 Jul 07 4 min read
History

Indian Intelligence and the Prostitutes of Indian Media

This is one of the finest articles [http://www.rediff.com/news/2007/jul/26raman.htm] that has come out of the amazing B. Raman himself (by far my favorite commentator).  Here he describes the details of two amazing stories in the Indian intelligence history – one a failure and one

28 Jul 07 6 min read
History

Vande Matram the Controversy – my thoughts

There was a huge controversy in India over Vande Matram – the National Song of India.  The issue was that it praised a Goddess and that was against Islam because of its monotheism and there were also discussion on the intent of Bankim Chandra’s novel as one that perpetrated hatred

21 Jul 07 5 min read
History

History of Religions in 90 seconds

This is a rather interesting map of the spread of religions in the world.  Rather amazing to see how the different protagonists were born and died and how the religions spread around the world. Powered by Qumana [http://www.qumana.com/]

13 Jul 07 1 min read
History

A Voyage in 1893 that Changed India!!

See below an interesting letter that Jamshetji Tata – the pioneer of Indian Science and learning wrote to Swami Vivekananda recalling their voyage from Japan to Chicago on a ship in 1893! Here he is asking Swami Vivekananda to take leadership of the Research Institute of Science (later to become the

11 Jul 07 3 min read
Creative

Taj is now amongst the Top 7!!

The new wonders of the world have been announced.  Nation-wide campaigns for voting have been successful, but suprisingly, I have found that other places came 1st and 2nd!!  Any way, here [http://www.rediff.com/news/2007/jul/08wonders.htm] is the list: * The Colosseum, Rome * The Pyramid of Chichen

08 Jul 07 1 min read
History

How India was lost 250 years ago TODAY!

Many globalization critics in India have blamed East India Company directly for our long suffering at the hands of British.  Little realizing that it was, after all, our own rulers and people who put us in a mess.  Every character was, in himself, enough to create havoc.  But when they

24 Jun 07 4 min read
History

1.6 million ancient manucripts found and being documented in India!

1.2 million manuscripts from ancient and medieval India have been documented [http://hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?id=98cf1878-904f-418b-a229-dd3fede1328a&ParentID=6e6a22fb-8f38-4192-9c9e-340216133e78&&Headline=Manuscripts+unfold+new+vistas+of+medieval+India] by National Manuscripts Mission in India.  Now it is digitizing them. These include: Smriti, Dana, Abhiseka, Upanayana, Vrata and Puranas

21 Jun 07 1 min read
History

Shiv Sainiks: the losers!!

Can someone tell these ultimate losers that cyber cafes do not CREATE websites!!  Cyber Cafe just offers services to access the web!  And most of the folks surf in their homes!  Most importantly someone in the Hindu community should shove some sense into these idiots’ minds.. either they get their

03 Jun 07 1 min read
History

Nehru's legacy – 43 years later!

Today is Pandit Nehru’s Death Anniversary.  He died on May 27, 1964. He represented a lot of things in Free India.  He represented secularism to many (although I believe he was a radical pseudo-secular) and a romantic vision (again misguided at most times though) for the future.  His rule

27 May 07 6 min read
History

Indology Nonsense from Univ of Chicago's Martha Nussbaum!

Martha Nussbaum is the Professor at University of Chicago for Philosophy.  Here she is talking about the Gujarat riots after Godhra.  It is amazing the way the Leftist view is taken and the history is made a mockery of!  Let me deal with her points – in italics here. First, Aryan

17 May 07 4 min read
History

World was and will remain a "Zero Sum" Game!

We started in the primitive era as beings who saw the world as a "zero sum game".  Many centuries and lots of education and "progress" later… we still think that world and life is a zero sum game!  We still face the same issues.. the same wars..  the same threat

10 May 07 1 min read
History

Panini's Ashtdhyayi Rules for Sanskrit and Backus-Naur forms for Functional Programming

VishK [http://vishk.wordpress.com/2007/02/11/backus-naur-form-and-ashtadhyayisanskrit-grammar/] talks about "Functional Programming" – a paradigm in programming. > Functional programming (FP) is of interest to many people because it describes ‘what a programmer is trying to accomplish’ without worrying about ‘how the computer will accomplish it’.   It is a paradigm where

24 Feb 07 1 min read
History

Stop Equating Kashmiri Terrorists to Bhagat Singh!

Hizbul-Mujahideen [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hizbul_Mujahideen] is one of the worst terrorist organization in the world. Syed Salahuddin is their chief. Everyone who knows them knows how close they are to Al Qaeda and Pakistan’s ISI. But these idiots keep trying to confuse the world. Be that

08 Jan 07 2 min read
Europe

When Millions Should be Killed to Mourn a Few Thousands!

It has become so fashionable to talk of peace these days and blaming the World.. yes.. actually the West and the others in the world for all the mess in the Islamic world and the direct connection between Poverty and Terrorism that it nauseates me no end!! This argument of:

16 Aug 06 1 min read
Asia

Balance of Views, Expression and Violence

The current controversy on the Prophet cartoons ceases to stop. And as it grows on around the world – more property and lives are lost. The debate on the range and intensity of response takes on a life of its own in all fora. I have been to at least two

06 Feb 06 2 min read
History

Revolutionaries of One Era are Moderates of Another!

“Revolutionaries of one era are moderates of another” …… was how Bal Gangadhar Tilak assessed Dadabhai Naoroji’s opposition to his “Swaraj is my Birth-right!”.  Little realizing that one day he himself will “live” his own principle! July 30, 1920: Tilak Dies Aug 1, 1920: Gandhi launches Non Cooperation Movement Is

15 Nov 05 1 min read

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