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The far east and its ancient Indian connections

A Chinese eyewitness account of such a kingdom in Malay peninsula (Tuein-suin) talks of "500 merchant families, 200 Buddhists, and thousands of Brahmins" settled permanently in that country, and talks of locals giving their daughters in marriages to these Indians. It was the call of the Suvarnabhumi or Suvarnadvipa– the “land of gold” that lay in the Far East and was reputed to hold vast quantities of gold and precious minerals, which got the initial attention of ancient Indian traders and merchants and made them explore beyond their own f........

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108 Best Krishna Quotes & Sayings Inspire You - QuoteSove

Here are the best collections of Lord Krishna quotes and sayings make your life changes valuable Krishna sayings.........

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61 Best Lion Quotes and Sayings - QuoteSove

The best collection of inspiring motivational lion quotes and saying makes you feel motivated. And also the get lion king quotes.........

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The Indian queens who modelled for the world's first vaccine

When Devajammani arrived at the royal court of Mysore in 1805, it was to marry Krishnaraja Wadiyar III. They were both 12 years of age and he was the newly minted ruler of the southern Indian kingdom. But Devajammani soon found herself recruited for a more momentous cause - to publicise and promote the smallpox vaccine. And her unwitting role was captured in a painting commissioned by the East India Company to "encourage participation in the vaccination programme", according to Dr Nigel Chancellor, a historian at Cambridge University. The cure for smallpox was f........

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Powerful portraits show the last of Nagaland's tattooed headhunters

With proud, wistful expressions, the elderly figures in Peter Bos' portraits seem gentle enough -- kind, even. But the men's tattoos belie a darker truth: They were once fearsome headhunters whose facial markings symbolize the decapitation of their foes. These are members of the Konyak tribe, a group of approximately 230,000 people living in the Indian state of Nagaland, close to the Myanmar border........

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From Manusmriti to Indian Matchmaking, tracing the roots of arranged marriages

The concept of the Indian marriage, particularly of an arranged marriage is of immense fascination in the West. The recent Netflix series, ‘Indian Matchmaking’ addressed to an international audience, provides a glimpse into the strange Indian way of finding a mate. “In India marriage is a very big fat industry,” says ‘Mumbai-based’ matchmaker Sima Taparia, as she opens the show. Taparia, the protagonist of the eight-part series, owns a marriage bu........

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Rethinking Churchill: A Genuine Genocidaire Whose Worst Victims Were Indians, Writes Shashi Tharoor

Churchill was a fanatical advocate of imperialism, and his own words convict him of racism and anti-Semitism. He supported the pseudo-science of eugenics, musing about the idea of sterilizing the “unfit”. He professed scorn for women’s rights and opposed the Suffragettes who sought the vote for women. What he was interested in throughout his career was personal glory and self-promotion, and the Br........

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On 18 November 1962, Major Shaitan Singh and his men had created history in the mountains of Ladakh

This is a story of unimaginable sacrifice. This is a story of men pitted against impossible odds. This is the story of Indian soldiers who looked death in the eye and did not flinch. This is the story of the Battle of Rezang La. The annals of the Indian Army are replete with stories of bravery and uncommon valor. And then there are stories of courage so overwhelming that it is almost impossible for the human soul to even comprehend that such men walked the face of this very earth. On a freezing and unforgiving November night, 123 Indian soldiers – frostbitten, weary, hungry and he........

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The military campaigns of Rajaraja I Chola the great

In the first part of our series on Rajaraja I Chola we had explained his lineage and accession in detail. The accession of Rajaraja I marked the beginning of the grand Chola Age which took the dynasty to the pinnacle of glory. As per the Tiruvalangadu plates Rajaraja I began his digvijaya (victorious military campaign) with the conquest of the southern direction. The Pandya, Kerala, and Simhala were in an alliance against the Cholas since the times of Rajaraja’s forefathers. Th........

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Why The Sacrifice Of Veer Vanchinathan Needs To Be Celebrated, Not Ridiculed

In the case of revolutionary Vanchinathan, who killed a British tax collector, the aim of his act is questioned and insults are hurled at him. At a very young age, Vanchi killed Tirunelveli collector Robert William d'Escourt Ashe on this day (17 June) 109 years ago, and sacrificed his life for the cause of the freedom movement. He could not have imagined that his very motive will be questioned today, and people will cast aspersions on such a daring act. The incident happened in Maniyachi Junction (now Vanchi Maniyachi). Ashe along with his family was resting on ........

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From Meluha to Hindustan, the many names of India and Bharat

It is important to note that in geographical terms, the space that is today referred to as India, was never a constant entity in the preceding centuries. However, scholars have often pointed out that one of the oldest names used in association with the Indian subcontinent was Meluha that was mentioned in the texts of ancient Mesopotamia in the third millennium BCE, to refer to the Indus Valley Civilisation. But Meluha, of course, had lost currency way before modern political systems developed in the region. The earliest recorded name that con........

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Discrimination based on skin color has roots in colonialism

The entire world is anguished over the mindless killing of an Afro-American by a racist white cop. India is no exception. The 'liberals' in India are condemning the rabid colour consciousness of America and the western world in general, conveniently forgetting that the Indians also tacitly believe in colourism and don't approve of the colour black. The question is, what makes us dislike black whereas ancie........

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Wodeyars of Mysore: The only royal family that ruled over a kingdom for 500 years

No other Indian dynasty has ruled over a kingdom for an elongated time period of more than 500 years, a feat exclusively attained by the Wodeyars. They ruled the Mysore Kingdom, which is present-day Karnataka, almost uninterruptedly between 1399 and 1947. History of the Wodeyars The Wodeyar dynasty was founded as a feudatory principality by Yaduraya Wodeyar in 1399. For more than 150 years between 1399 to 1565, the Wodeyars ruled as vassals of the Vijayanagara Empire. Then, for almost 200 years between 1565 to 1761, they remained independent rulers.........

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Ancient Mosaic Floor Discovered in Verona

A well-preserved ancient Roman mosaic floor has been recently discovered near Verona. This discovery in the northern Italian city came to light a century after the remains of a villa were found in 1922, after which the site was abandoned until recently. The villa is believed to date back to the 3rd century AD and lies in a hilly area above the town of Negrar di Valpolicella. Last summer a team from Superintendent of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape of Verona resumed the digging and returned later in October and again in February this year. The excava........

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Kowloon Walled City: In Hong Kong, it was the densest place on Earth

Picture a colossal empire of little houses stacked on top of each other. Visualize them connected by staircases snaking under dangling wires, through corridors so dark even police were rumored to be afraid of them. Now picture 33,000 people living there, within the space of one city block. That was Kowloon Walled City, once considered the densest settlement on earth. Before it was demolished twenty years ago, photographer Greg Girard spent years with collaborator Ian Lambot documenting this unique Hong Kong phenomenon, and reme........

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Seth Walchand's Secret: The Story of a Forgotten WW II Bunker in Mumbai

Seth Walchand Hirachand Doshi is considered to be one of the “greats” in the Indian business world, and widely hailed as the Father of the Indian Transportation Industry. The industrialist has contributed to aeronautics, the shipping industry as well as the automobile industry (the iconic Padmini or ‘dukkar’ fiat was manufactured by a division of the Walchand Group, his family-owned business.) Walchand began his career right after the end of World War I, but when World War II was in full force, some of his decisions made him worry about his family’s well being.........

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Black Magic Specialist Astrologer Ganesh Shastri Ji. Welcome to the universe In Black Magic where you can get answer for all your issues like vashikaran Kala jadu, Black Magic.........

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Malik Ambar: The African slave who built Aurangabad and ruined the game for Mughals in the Deccan

The story of Malik Ambar, an African slave turned warrior, is an unusual one. Sold and bought several times by slave dealers during his youth, fate brought him miles away from his home in Ethiopia to India. In India, not only did Ambar get his freedom back, but he also rose up the social ladder, got an army, vast estates, and founded a city that today goes by the name ‘Aurangabad’.........

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83-Year-Old Hotelier Uses Atlas to Track Lord Ram's Itinerary During His Exile Period

An 83-year-old hotelier, Ashok Kumar, running a prominent hotel chain in Rajasthan and many educational institutes in Haryana, UP and Punjab, has used the lean period of lockdown to find out the itinerary of Lord Ram during his exile period in the atlas of present times. “His travel itinerary is clearly seen on today’s atlas. Lord Ram started from Ayodhya (still exists) to Janakpur (Nepal), returned through Bihar to go south via Chhattisgarh (Bastar region), Andhra........

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Different Era of Wooden Furniture: A Brief Overview

The evolution or origins of furniture can be traced to the pre-historic or Neolithic era when all that it meant was simply stone benches to tables made of rocks. Humans were nomads then, dependent on hunting and gathering and therefore lived in temporary settlements.  Use of furniture was limited to benches and chairs for seating and beds for sleeping. Materials commonly used were tree stumps, stones, rocks etc as is evident from the excavations. Mesopotamia or Ancient Egypt –Firs........

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