Our Caricatured Heroes : How Nehru became Chacha & Other Tragedies

A couple of photographs of Bhagat Singh wearing red and yellow turbans, and sporting some stubble were published in the I&B Ministry and the Punjab Government advertisements in 2010. They were criticized by Bhagat Singh’s family, Prof. Chaman Lal and Bipan Chandra on the ground that Bhagat Singh had renounced (not just stopped sporting) his…

WHY COULD JAWAHARLAL NOT TOLERATE “PRIYA PURUSHOTTAM”?

Rajarshi Tandon’s politics did not initially irk Panditji. The latter had actively backed the former’s ‘No Tax’ campaign in 1930, and also lent support to his work with Kisan Sabhas. Both the leaders came from Allahabad, and worked together since the 1930s, beginning with the Civil Disobedience Movement. In the 1937 Provincial Elections, the INC…

Mobocracy 1920-21 Reprised in 2020-21: Gandhi is No More, but His Words can Guide

During his 1920 train tours, Gandhi discovered India, and more importantly, understood the Indians. The country was in a state of ferment, people were highly expectant, keen to be led and express themselves socially and politically. During and after his visits, Gandhi recorded his observations- “the Congress is a demonstration for the mob. Though organized…

रानी विक्टोरिया का इस्तक़बाल और सूखे घोड़ों की सवारी

बरगद के तने सी चौड़ी रानी विक्टोरिया जड़ मुद्रा में जमी बैठी हैं कलकत्ता में । काले कौवों को अक्सर इस कांसे की काली महारानी के साथ क़हक़हे लगाते देखा जा सकता है । 1901 में जब रानी ने अपनी भारीभरकम देह त्यागी थी ,तब उनके एक मातहत नथेनियल कर्ज़न ने उनकी और ब्रितानी हुकूमत…

चारण-भाटों का अकबर महान, इन संतों से मिलने के नहीं हैं प्रमाण

किस्से-कहानियों का अकबर सर्वव्यापी है । बहुतेरे साधु-संतों के संग अकबर की मुलाकातों की किंवदंतियाँ प्रचलित हैं । बीरबल के किस्सों के हिसाब से अकबर सवालों, पहेलियों और गप्पों का भी बादशाह था । सत्यान्वेषी अकबर दीवान-ए-खास में बैठकर विभिन्न धर्माचार्यों के साथ धर्मचर्चाएँ किया करता था । बर्बर बाबर और कठमुल्ले औरंगजेब जैसे धार्मांध…

Lt.Gen. Sagat Singh -A Veritable Superhero!

The Chief of the Army Staff or the Field Marshals do not conduct on-ground operations during a skirmish, a battle or a war, but local commanders do. Quite by design, India has chosen to ignore the heroics of such diehards, the most prominent among them being Lt.Gen. Sagat Singh of the 3rd Gorkha Rifles. Perhaps…

Dhimmi , Dhimmi EVERYWHERE

Dhimmi, Dhimmi everywhere, Not a drop of Dharma. Only Rent-seekers, pole climbers, Withered away all Karma ? (4) Surrounded by an ocean wide of wilful ignorance, Ever willing to surrender, Explore the scope for compromise on matters of civilization, Apologetic , guilt-ridden, Always unsure, ever unwise. (11) A millennium of servitude has killed and buried…

MURSHIDABAD – The City of Totos, Tumtums & Hazaarduari

Located on the eastern bank of  Bhagirathi, the ancient channel of Ganga, Murshidabad was the capital of Nawab-Nazims of Bengal in the 18th century. It gradually lost its importance to Calcutta, but remained the seat of Nawab Bahadurs . I had read about the beauty of Hazaarduari Palace ,but was dissuaded from making the journey…

NO COMMUNAL VETO –NOT NOW & NEVER AGAIN

The slogans of Azadi are back. Jinnah must be recounting his Fourteen Points again in his grave. Parliament recently enacted Citizenship (Amendment) Act to provide a path to Indian citizenship for those members of Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Parsee and Christian religious minorities who had fled prosecution in three neighbouring Islamic Republics ( Afghanistan, Pakistan…

Cooch Behar  – A Palace Modeled On Buckingham

165 km east of Siliguri , surrounded by Assam in the east and Bangladesh in the south , is located the district of Cooch Behar. It derives its name from the Koch Rajbongshi tribe, which dominates the region.Today , it is a famous tourist destination because of its magnificent palace and Madan Mohan Temple. It…

The FORT of GAGRON : A UNESCO Heritage Site in Rajasthan

The Fort of Gagron is situated in Jhalawar district of Rajasthan, about 85 km from Kota. It is one of the six Hill Forts of Rajasthan (others being Ranathambore, Kumbhalgarh, Jaisalmer, Chittor, Amer) to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2013 . Gagron was earlier known as Dodagarh and then Dhulargarh…