The history of the Roman Empire reads like a storybook, chilling and exciting. There was murder, intrigue, love and betrayal. Yet despite all this, it remains one of the greatest empires in world history and lasted for over 300 years. Rome started...

In 1757 a great battle was fought at a nondescript village a 100 miles from Calcutta. The battle between the East India Company army and the Nawab of Oudh resulted in an overwhelming victory for the Company force commanded by Robert Clive. He is...

I have long been wanting to write on the Moors. Most people have heard the word "Moor" and some relate it to character created by William Shakespeare in his play Othello. Who were the Moors? The Moors were Muslim tribesmen who hailed from North...

Not many people in India have heard of the emperor Caracalla, who ruled the Roman empire for 6 years. It is important to learn from the pages of history and what better to learn about tyranny than the rule of emperor Caracalla. The Roman empire...

 In two Anglo-Sikh wars the East India company were badly shaken. They won by the skin of their teeth, aided  by a bunch of traitors led by Raja  Gulab Singh, who was the Prime Minster at the Lahore Court of Maharajah Ranjit Singh....

The Emancipation of the English Women

Indian women are lucky as they have been given rights without any agitation or demand. I am referring to voting and property rights. I also agree that gender bias is rampant in India, but it was the same in England at the turn of the last...

Background In the summer of 1812, Napoleon Bonaparte embarked on his most ambitious campaign, the invasion of Russia. The Grand Army consisting of over 600,000 soldiers commenced the invasion of Russia under the personal command of Napoleon. While...

Napoleon for all his faults and final defeat at Waterloo remains in military history a great general. He is a man credited for having mastered the principles of war. Naploeon was not alone in his sucess and along with him were a string of generals...

When I was completing my Honours degree in Physics at the Kurukshetra University in Haryana, I often used to visit the town of Thanesar which almost adjoines the university. Later I came to know that about 10 miles away from Thanesar  is the...

India became free in 1947, but the British who granted India independence by the "Indian Independence Act" of1946,  divided India on the basis of the 2 nation theory that Hindus and Muslims cannot live together. It was a master stroke leaving...

Emperor Ashoka is given the title "the Great", but many do not rate his as great and in a seminar while undergoing the Staff Course a speaker, I think he was Mohit Sen commented that the rise of Ashoka and his subsequent conversion to Budhism was...

http://www.forwallpaper.com/wallpaper/german-army-mc-with-sidecar-507434.html The Motorcycle is one of the great inventions of man. It has been put to various uses and was not just a commuter vehicle as it is now in India. Most motorbikes used...

Kashmir Burning  Kashmir is on boil and whatever is happening is a chilling reminder that the problem is not solved and perhaps never will be. One is reminded that always the problems in Kashmir are accentuated by  a lack of will of the...

India is a peculiar case in world history. Nowhere is history falsified for students on political grounds than in India and the result is that school textbooks give a biased account of events that unfolded centuries ago. This is hard to explain and...

From the 8th century the Muslim invaders began to make forays into Hindustan and by the 12th century the entire North India and the throne at Delhi had passed into the hands of the Muslims. The Rajputs the original rulers were decisively defeated...

I had in an earlier post pointed out that the great Hindu warrior  Hemu was struck by an arrow in his eye in the third battle of Panipat and lost the battle against the Muslims. This was at a time when he was on the verge of winning the...

Military history is an interesting subject and not just for soldiers. By studying it we can guard against similar problems in the years to come. The defeat of the Hindus  at the hands of the Muslims and the Turks is worth study. It shows us...

Ban on Cow Slaughter Looks Farcicial

Cow slaughter is a contentious subject in India. Mainly because the Hindu religion prohibits a devout Hindu from eating beef. in addition the cow is  considered a holy animal and given a high position in Hindu religious thought. But one fact...

Aurangzeb's Firman Against Sati in 1664

Aurangzeb is the Mughal emperor who ruled over the biggest empire in Asia. He is mostly castigated as a bigot and religious fanatic. Many accuse him to be a temple and idol breaker. but in all these accusations the good done by him is ignored or...

Aurangzeb ruled India for 49 years. On his death 1707 he left behind one of the greatest empires in World history. It's a pity that this vast empire disintegrated within 30 years of his death. as no one of any calibre was  available who could...

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