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Indian, Telugu, Hindu, Shudra in no particular order. Techie by profession, Amateur Historian. Author of City of Victory. Curator of @pages_stories
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Feb 28 39 tweets 6 min read
Veer Surendra Sai, born on the same date as #NetajiSubhasChandraBose , led a long tribal revolt against the British rule in Sambalpur, harassing them to no end. A hero not known outside of Odisha.
Thread on his death anniversary today.
A born rebel, #veersurendrasai , hailed from the small village of Khinda, and was a Rajput belonging to the Chauhan clan of Khinda-Rajpur. His father Dharam Singh, was a descendant of Aniruddha Sai, the fourth Chauhan ruler of Sambalpur.
Feb 25 37 tweets 6 min read
On the eve of Veer Savarkar's death anniversary, thread on the woman in his life, Yamunabai Savarkar affectionately called Mai, a lady as great as her more illustrious husband. Image Her real name was Yashoda, and she came from a background, totally different to that of Vinayak Savarkar’s. Where her husband came from a modest family, supported by his elder brother, she came from a rich and influential family.
Feb 24 26 tweets 5 min read
I normally don't do movie reviews here on Twitter, but today doing so for #Article370Movie. Actually it's not a review per se, but more my thoughts on the movie and it's backdrop. Image The movie is primarily a look at the events leading to the abrogation of the article granting special status to Kashmir. It looks at two parallel events, the terrorism in Kashmir, and the political backdrop behind Art 370 and it's repeal.
Feb 22 61 tweets 11 min read
Swami Shraddhanand, One of the great leaders of modern India, who awoke the Indian consciousness and called out the dangers of pan Islamism, paid with his life for this.
Thread on his Jayanti today. Image Swami Shraddhanand, also known as Mahatma Munshi Ram. It is ironical though, that his early life showed no signs of greatness to come. He was an atheist, got addicted to gambling, drinking, lust.
Feb 20 36 tweets 7 min read
Medaram Sammakka- Sarakkaa Jatara begins tomorrow, one of the largest ever tribal festivals, in India, that celebrates the sacrifice of two sisters, in their fight against the Kakatiya ruler.
Thread on the festival. Image Medaram is a tiny hamlet located in the Tadwai mandal of Mulugu district, in Telangana state. Located around 110 km from the district headquarters, the hamlet is located midst thick forests, hills and valleys.
Feb 17 26 tweets 5 min read
Vasudev Balwant Phadke, often called as the father of the Indian armed revolt, passes away on this date in 1883 in a prison in Aden.
Thread on a great revolutionary. Image A Chitpavan Brahmin from Konkan, who rallied peasant castes like Dhangars, Kolis, Bhils as well as warrior communities like Ramoshis against British rule. He often attacked rich English businessmen or zamindars, to raise funds for his liberation struggle.
Feb 16 48 tweets 10 min read
Wishing all an auspicious #RathaSaptami may blessings of Surya Bhagwan be with you all. Falling on 7th day of Magha Shukla Paksha( the bright phase). It symbolizes Surya symbolically turning his chariot drawn by seven horses towards the Northern Hemisphere.
It also marks the birth of Surya, and is celebrated as Surya Jayanti.  In a way it marks the beginning of the harvest season and is an auspicious moment for farmers. Historically speaking Sun Worship is rooted in most ancient civilizations.
Feb 10 27 tweets 6 min read
There is the controversy going on about Revanth Reddy wanting to remove Kakatiya Kala Thoranam from Telangana emblem. But who were the Kakatiyas, and what is their history and significance?
Thread here giving an overview. Image This thread is basically an overview of the Kakatiya history, their contribution to Telugu culture, identity, architecture, and their importance. Will look at the details of their rule in more detail in subsequent posts.
Feb 6 45 tweets 7 min read
Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon, close associate of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose, one of the 3 INA officers in the Red Fort trial, along with Shah Nawaz Khan and Prem Sehgal.
Thread on his death anniversary today. Image Lal Qile se aaee awaaz,
Sehgal Dhillon Shahnawaz
Teenon ki ho Umar Daraaz.
One of the most famous slogans ever of our freedom struggle, during the trial of the 3 INA officers.
Feb 5 35 tweets 7 min read
Satyendranath Bose or more popularly known as S.N.Bose. Well known for the Bose-Einstein condensate theory. And also a class of particles called Bosons named after him by Paul Dirac.

Thread on one of the great scientists of modern era. Image But then again to call S.N.Bose just a scientist, would be akin to calling Leonardo Da Vinci a mere painter. Much like his other namesake and contemporary, J.C.Bose, he was a polymath, equally adept in music, literature,mineralogy.
Jan 29 51 tweets 9 min read
Dr. Raja Ramanna, the Indian #Oppenheimer, man behind India's first ever nuclear explosion at Pokhran in 1974, a very multi faceted personality.
Thread on one of the great Indian scientists. Image The Pokhran experiment was a landmark in the history of nuclear research in the country. It was an assertion of the technological advancement India had determined to perfect in the post-independence era.- Dr Raja Ramanna
Jan 27 40 tweets 7 min read
K.M.Cariappa also known as Kipper, the first Indian Commander in Chief of the Army, the only other Indian officer to hold the rank of field marshal, along with Sam Manekshaw.
Thread on one of the finest generals ever. Image Coorg apart from it's natural beauty, is also famous for producing hockey players, and army men, The Kodavas, take pride in their martial traditions, carry guns, and their most famous dish is a mixture of steamed rice balls and pork curry.
Jan 26 44 tweets 8 min read
As we celebrate #RepublicDay today, on this very same date in 1565, one of the world's richest cities Hampi was destroyed by the Bahmani Sultans after Battle of Tallikota. #LestWeForgetIndia
Thread on this tragic event.

The decline of Vijayanagara had actually begun after Sri Krishna Deva Raya's death with constant power struggles for the throne, and Rama Raya’s tactics of playing off one Bahmani Sultan against another.
Jan 25 46 tweets 9 min read
The Battle of Bobilli on January 24, 1757 is one of the earliest stories of resistance to colonial rule. When a tiny kingdom defied, a much larger army of the French, Nizam and neighbouring Vizianagaram.
Thread on a stirring tale of courage that needs to be known more. Image Bobilli located in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh, was founded around 1652 by Pedda Rayudu, the 15th descendant of the Rajas of Venkatagiri, belonging to the Padmanayaka Velama clan.
Jan 17 56 tweets 9 min read
Sri Krishna Deva Raya, under whose reign Vijayanagara attained greatest heights. His reign was marked by military conquests, patronage of arts and culture and flourishing of literature, and regarded as the Empire's Golden Age.
Thread on his Jayanti today. Image His father Tuluva Narasa Nayaka, a former Bunt chieftain, who became the commander, and later rose to power, founding the Tuluva dynasty, was a formidable warrior, and ruler himself.
Jan 16 25 tweets 6 min read
Dhanu Jatra begins in Bargarh, one of the most unique festivals of it's kind, where an entire town becomes an open air theater to celebrate the story of Krishna's childhood.

Thread 🧵 Image Odisha is one state with it's own unique festivals- Nuakhai, Dhanu Jatra, Boita Bandhana, Raja Parba, and of course the Puri Jagannatha Ratha Yatra, which all add to it's rich culture and traditions.
Jan 14 43 tweets 7 min read
#TodayInHistory Sadashiva Rao Bhau, commander of the Maratha army dies on the battlefield of Panipat in 1761, battling the Afghans till the end.

Thread on a true hero who has never really got his due. #LestWeForget Image When one looks at the history of the Maratha Empire, two people who have been judged harshly, one is Sambhaji and the other one has been Sadashiv Rao Bhau.  Sambhaji had to live up to his father’s glorious legacy, and that can often be a trying task.
Jan 2 34 tweets 6 min read
Often called the second founder of the Maratha State, Balaji Vishwanath was the one who made the Peshwa all powerful, from a mere Prime Minister to the main power center. As well as ensuring the hold of the Chitpavan Brahmins over the position, primarily from Konkan.
Thread. Image When one looks at the history of the Maratha Empire, the Peshwa era is one of the most significant one, specifically from Balaji Vishwanath(1713-1720) to Raghunath Rao(1773-74), before Nana Fadnavis effectively became the defacto power behind the throne.
Dec 30, 2023 34 tweets 6 min read
Vikram Sarabhai, the father of India’s space program, regarded as one of the greatest scientists of modern India. And who also made a signficant contribution to the nuclear program.

Thread on his death anniversary today. Image Vikram Sarabhai was born on August 12, 1919, to Ambalal Sarabhai, a well known textile industrialist in Ahmedabad, and Sarala Devi. It was an auspicious day of Garuda Panchami.
Dec 30, 2023 51 tweets 9 min read
Ramana Maharshi, one of the greatest Hindu seers of the modern era and a Jivanmukta( Liberated being) , whose teaching was aimed at Self Realization, centered around inquiry into the nature of Self about the notion of “I”.
Thread on his life and times. Image Arudra Darshanam, a festival observed in the Tamil month of Margazhi, primarily during December to January. Essentially a Shaivite festival,celebrating the cosmic form of Shiva, in the Nataraja form. It takes place on the full moon night, and is also the longest night.
Dec 29, 2023 8 tweets 2 min read
Why do we not see the kind of linguistic pride among Telugus that we see in Tamizhs or Kannadigas?
Of course the most convenient answer would be Telugus don't take pride in their language or culture.
No we actually do, but the answer to the Q lies in history. Through out history, Telugu land has been a battle ground for various empires, kingdoms vying for supremacy- Satavahanas, Kakakatiyas, Gajapathis, Eastern Chalukyas, Telugu Cholas, Reddy Rajulu, Vijayanagara, Qutub Shahis and the Nizams.