How Indian was the Mughal Empire ?

This article shall explain how, from the time of Babur to that of Aurangzeb, foreign born nobility always formed the major component of Mughal nobility. No, not descendants of the original bunch who accompanied Babur or Humayun, but fresh recruits or their sons, arriving at every Mughal’s court. This component was very high during the reigns ofContinue reading “How Indian was the Mughal Empire ?”

The ghost of 1857 forever haunted the British Empire

The backbone of the British Empire was the army it created in India. It had one of the best cavalry and armed soldiers amongst all its colonies comprising of Indian and British soldiers. The British Army ensured that the subjects and the slaves lived in constant fear and retribution. Hence, the 1857 ‘War of Independence’Continue reading “The ghost of 1857 forever haunted the British Empire”

Book Review – Urban Naxals.

    Title : Urban Naxals – the making of  ‘Buddha In A Traffic Jam’ Author : Vivek Agnihotri Publisher : Garuda Prakashan Year : 2018 Rating : 9/10 Naxalism, most of us believe, is something happening in far away jungles – aided by small bands of extremists. Of tribal areas under some extremist rougeContinue reading “Book Review – Urban Naxals.”

From NCERT Jokebook : British became all India power in 1765

In this article, originally published in IndiaFacts website, I take a look at the laughable nonsense in a NCERT textbook passing off as “facts” . Photos of relevant pages have been added and a fact based refutal follows. This article details how the British could gain supremacy only after fighting many battles against the MarathasContinue reading “From NCERT Jokebook : British became all India power in 1765”

Shivaji an analysis – by Prof Narhar Kurundkar

  Disclaimer : This post has not been written by me. It is reproduction of an essay authored by historian Narhar Kurundkar. It is one of the best analysis of Chhatrapati Shivaji , and originally intended as the Preface to Shrimaan Yogi. The greatness of Shivaji and his limitations must be understood clearly. It isContinue reading “Shivaji an analysis – by Prof Narhar Kurundkar”

Savarkar – The Historian

I do not consider myself an expert on Savarkar and his work, but have an avid interest in India’s history. In that capacity, Veer Savarkar’s books are among my favourites when it comes to ‘the way history is told’. Read my full article about Veer Savarkar’s outlook towards Indian history at  Swarajya Magazine My booksContinue reading “Savarkar – The Historian”

ACROSS BRAHMAPUTRA WITH WARRIOR LACHIT BORPHUKAN

The great Assamese general knew his terrain, the brave river, the Mughals, and his battles well. Aneesh Gokhale follows his hero, this time, on foot in Guwahati, and returns drenched in history. Read my full article about my trip to Guwahati to learn about Lachit Barphukan at Creatuve India –>  Across Brahmaputra with Lachit Borphukan My bookContinue reading “ACROSS BRAHMAPUTRA WITH WARRIOR LACHIT BORPHUKAN”

Marathas & Bengal : Chhatrapati Shivaji as a national hero (IndiaFacts)

Looking back now from the twenty first century, it is up to us to decide what becomes more popular and what is important to us – the raids of 1740s or the nationalist efforts centred around Shivaji in the 1900s. The freedom fighters looked at history and found a route by which Shivaji could become relevant for the times they lived in, as well as tide over the one fifty year animosity between the two provinces.

Google Hangouts session on Indian History with Vision India Foundation , IIT D , IIT R students

Some days ago, I was invited for a Google Hangout session by a group of IIT Delhi and IIT Roorkee students, some of them associated with a group named Vision India foundation. It was indeed a privilege and honour for me to interact with them. A big thank you to Shubham Kumar for organizing theContinue reading “Google Hangouts session on Indian History with Vision India Foundation , IIT D , IIT R students”