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May 16 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
When Kashi fell in 1193, 3000 temples were destroyed. On the other hand, Ayodhya resisted for 27 long years leading to more than 25000 Muslim casualties. Their special treatment for those two cities reflect their position - Kashi was the capital city, Ayodhya for its resistance.
Kashi was not conquered when Gahadavala Jayachandra fell at Chandawar. But the Muslims destroyed everything there and fixated on the Lord of Kashi to send a message to the Hindus. After all, the Dala Pangula was the mightiest one in the North!!
May 13 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
A few things on Hinduism and Tamil Country. 1. One of the main fortresses of Hinduism post Islamic conquest is Tamil Country. No one even comes near to TN in temple architecture. 2. The great Tamil kings the world knows about - Rajendra Chola, Rajaraja Chola,
Jatavarman Sundarapandya - all of them Brahminical. 3. Kumbakonam Version of Mahabharata is the gold standard before BORI version came. Even today, its considered to be a gold standard.
May 13 • 10 tweets • 2 min read
After the Talibani cavemen took over Afghanistan, a prominent Bamiyan based journalist was cursing India for not doing enough. When I asked him, what exactly are Afghans doing to stop them, there was no answer. My stand was simple.
We are here to support you if you do something; if you yourselves are not interested in fighting the cavemen, why will anyone else take it upon them?
May 8 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
Let me jot down some points on this. 1. Aryans migrated in one direction and their cattle in the exactly opposite direction.
2. Aryans destroyed Harappa without a trace but maintained peaceful relations with everyone else who came in their way like Sumer or Tarim Basin 3. Hearing of an attack on Sinthasta, Harappans residing on Narmada and Godavari fled from their villages in terror
Apr 25 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
Judge, Jury and the Executioner
In 2012, Greenpeace conducted a study, Toxic threads: the big fashion stitch-up over toxic chemicals in the produce of 20 high end fashion companies. Note, all of them are legal. But, Greenpeace was not happy. It still wanted more.
The report is released. What does it do? Unleashes it's cadre on the companies to create a public nuisance. You publish a report, you don't give time companies to respond and create a PR mess for them forcing them to toe your line. Zara buckled in just 9 days.
Apr 25 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
How many of you know that Mahmud's father was a Kyrghyz Buddhist caught in childhood and converted forcibly? How many know that Mahmud is called Zabuli because he was born out of a forced union between that slave Sabuktegin and a Zabuli Princess?
And how many of you know that Multan sided Mahmud against the Shahis in the name of religion but Mahmud decided Multan was not Muslim enough and attacked it? And how many of you know that of the 17 raids of Mahmud, 14 are against his neighbour, the Shahis?
Apr 25 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
A broken and dysfunctional system it is. Rajya Sabha doesn't reflect the interests of the state in Central Policy Making and Governor doesn't balance the interests of the State and Centre. India is our home and we have no other place to go - why do we miss this simple thing?
Ideally, Rajya Sabha should have two roles - 1. As a backup for Lok Sabha in case of emergencies(1962 War) 2. It should represent the views of the state - meaning Rajya Sabha should be elected by the State Assembly, not the dissolved State Assembly.
Apr 24 • 10 tweets • 2 min read
Digging into the rabit hole continues. Around 1060, there was a schism in the church - who should appoint the bishops? King or pope? Poland was the strongest kingdom in the North and it actually sided the pope. A few years later, after a Hungarian
succesionist intervention, when he came back to Poland, the Polish king Boleslaw got to know of a conspiracy to dethrone him and duly got the ringleader, the Bishop of Krakow executed. How dare a puny royal touch the church? He was forced to abdicate in 1079.
Apr 9 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
The situation is this. 1. For communication inside a state, you don't need anything except your mother tongue. 2. The need for a lingua franca is only for those who cross their states to distant lands.
3. If an Indian language is to be that lingua franca, what should it be? 4. And one shouldn't conflate formal office languages with the language of masses. What percentage of, say, Chennai need English for their day to day jobs?
Apr 7 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
But I know of a Congress leader's wife who burnt Bamra because the Darbar "insulted" her. That lady, forgot her name - when she wasn't received by Bamra Darbar according to her expectations, she influenced her husband to ensure that
Bamra didn't get district status. That directly impacted development in the area massively - only in 1990s, Deogarh district was created. Now, it so happened that the local tribals weren't happy(or rather concerned) at the accession and marched on the royal palace.
Apr 6 • 18 tweets • 4 min read
Another round of rambling on history. Caldwell's Sudra Invasion Theory coming from the same book which invented the Dravidian Language Family is as nonsensical as compared to Aryan Invasion Theory - no arguments there. However, the way he framed the problem can actually explain
why there are two different language families in India. Let's go a step even further back. Let me focus on three things 1. LGM - Last Glacial Maximum some 20k years ago 2. Younger Dryas - Some 10k years ago 3. 4.2k year event - as the name suggests, 4.2k years ago.
Apr 6 • 25 tweets • 6 min read
Let's teach some history to this creature @semlhagyatso. There are four Dharmarajas in Tibetan history - the four kings because of which Buddhism thrived in Tibet.
Let's see what they did to make Buddhism big.
Songsten Gyampo - destroyed Bon and Hindu temples as far as Badrinath. Possibly the first king in the world who instituted formal inquisitions.
Mar 27 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
In 1707, there was a massive riot in Madras. British had to deploy army to quell the protests. It's not against the British or something. It was a usual Idangai-Valangai clash which blew up beyond limits. There are three important things relating to them.
And British targeted all three of them. 1. Every group is a motley of all castes fighting for the same cause. Institutional effort was put in to break caste unity. 2. Every group had it's own caste banners. Break caste pride by banning every banner except the British flag.
Mar 26 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
Le...another literate illiterate. Let's see. 1. 1969 proved India can make a stand and give a thrashing. West never heard of that. 2. 1987 - China froze in it's tracks and refused to fight. India advanced it's border posts by more than 100 km.
Let me tell you how devastating it was for China. China was apprehensive something can happen and negotiated(unlike the usual way of quelling) with the students to call of the protests. Still, they weren't able to stop India. And when India thrashed the Chinese, the best Deng
Mar 25 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Quickest solution: Surrender Aksai Chin and retreat to Ruthog, start building a railway line on war footing from Ali to Khotan, coax India to complete the Mandi-Ladakh Railway Line and link it to Ruthog or Ali. It's a win-win for everyone.
The demoted @HuXijin_GT may not know but everyone in Chinese Army knows Indian border is undefendable. Neither can India cross Changthang and attack China nor can China cross and maintain it's position. Chinese know they can stay only till India allows them to. Is it worth it?
Jan 19 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
No need of even doing that. All they need to do is to ensure state govts don't hijack Modi's achievements and they become talk of the town. Just get out of your cocoons, talk to people, make them aware where the credit should lie. More than enough.
There is this incident. Nirmala Sitharaman suddenly stops at a ration shop in a remote village enroute to her destination. She sees the CM's face printed on the provisions. The discussion goes thus.
Jan 17 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
A secret buried in the family. There was this famous writer who died in 1940s. He was my mother's brother-in-law. After marriage, his in-laws funded his law education and there, he loved a girl there. Forgot the name. The name of that girl starts with S.
Because Hindu marriage doesn't accept multiple marriages, he converted to Islam and married her. His brothers and sisters didn't accept that marriage stand by his original wife and eject him out of the house. They reconciled a decade or so later and I never heard of any friction
Jan 5 • 15 tweets • 3 min read
Another thread on the mental acrobatics behind the Aryan Invasion and Sudra Invasion Theories. There is a chance that such sort of an invasion exists in historic memory. There are three kinds of invasions which happened in Europe -
the kind of Mongols and Huns - who came, pillaged everything and were pushed back, the kind of Magyar and Vandals who entered Europe but didn't exactly topple Empires - they carved their own kingdoms and surely, didn't impose their culture on the civilized Rome.
Jan 5 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
This creature is a perfect example of what socialism is. It comes from a uber-capitalist country flush with money which is diverted to social spending - other words, irresponsible and impractical socialist ideas from those whose futures are secure.
We tend to forget that every socialist country is a capitalist country before it became socialist. Wealth redistribution happens only if wealth exists. And socialism proved it time and again that it can't generatr wealth. Sitting in the cozy luxury of a capitalist funded longue
Dec 28, 2021 • 7 tweets • 4 min read
Wow!! Till now, I am assuming Mahatma is a honorific given to Gandhi out of respect. But, it turns out that was formally passed as an order by someone who wanted to curry favours with the high command!!
NB Khare became the Premier of Central Provinces and Berar in August 1937. Some reason, Sardar Patel was against him and a lobby was formed against him in the cabinet.
Dec 28, 2021 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Let's not forget that Tejaswi Surya and others had to open their mouths because there is no action coming against the likes of Owaisi and Sarangum. Rather than fixing the cause, we specialise in wasting energies over the effect.
Both Tejaswi Surya and Haridwar Dharma Parishad said what they said because Constitution failed to protect their interests and they vented their frustration. Are they correct or wrong is irrelevant here. Why did they say what they said that is the only thing which matters.