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”
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”
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”
Hemchandra conquered Delhi and Agra . He won twenty two consecutive battles against the Mughals. He was crowned as a monarch and took the title “Vikramaditya” Read the full article published in DNA : The Forgotten King Do check out my books at Amazon India
How Sardar Patel tore up Jinnah’s “blank cheque” and averted Jodhpur’s possible merger with Pakistan Read the full article, which was published in DNA – Curious case of Jodhpur Check out my books on Maratha and Assamese history at Amazon India
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.
Do check out this short 4 minute clip put together by me, showing the various dates on which different Princely States acceded to the Union of India.
The Evolving Idea of India – Revisiting History The following write up of mine was published in a publication by IPPAI a Delhi based organisation / think tank . Was also invited to speak at their Goa seminar (IPPAI’s Regulator’s and Policymakers Retreat , Marriot Hotel , Goa) but couldn’t make it unfortunately. ExtremelyContinue reading “The Idea of India !”
Sample pages from ” Sahyadris to Hindukush “ Chapter 3 — Jirga , Kandahar The dry brown-red cedar leaf crunched under the horse’s hoof, splintering into a hundred pieces with a distinct crackle. Rehmat Khan Barakzai, astride the sturdy Arabian horse, wrapped his keffiyah closer to his face, to protect himself from the chillyContinue reading “Chapter 3 – Jirga , Kandahar”
The far flung region of North East India is seldom mentioned in our history books ! One such unsung hero is Lachit Barphukan, the Assamese commander who defeated the huge Mughal armies of Aurangzeb, commandeered by none other than Ram Singh, the Raja of Amer. The Battle of Saraighat is an extremely famous naval battle,Continue reading “Lachit Barphukan – A few interesting anecdotes .”