Panipat is a Hallowed Battleground

Panipat is a small sleepy town about a 120 km from Delhi, the capital of India. Its historical importance is however very great, as it was the scene of 3 great battles that decided the crown of Hindustan.  A visit to the place shows no...

The history books for Indian school children talk of 'Akbar the great'. A falsified account of Akbar is presented with a view to foster ' secularism'. I am afraid this has not worked and the Hindu Muslim divide remains. The Madrasa's ( Muslim...

The White Tiger

This book was the winner of the Man Booker prize for the year 2008 and that itself says something about the content and quality of the book. About the author Aravind Adiga Aravind Adiga was born in India in 1974 and was raised partly in...

The elephant is mans favorite animal. It is also a greatly loved beast and in Hindu mythology it has the form of a god in Lord Ganesh. The elephant is known as a war elephant and as a beast of burden, but one has never heard that it has ever been a...

World history is replete with thrilling tales and anecdotes. Many of them concern the army and navy.  One fact however emerges as a  common thread of the great powers is a ruthlessness to ensure that they remain at the apex. There is no...

 The  Air Force is a fine place and one of the services that has an aura and glamour of its own. Despite a PG in Nuclear Physics I joined the Air Force and trained hard to pass the course and become a Pilot Officer. That was the first...

Did Guru Nanak Believe in Islam ?

Guru Nanak lived from 1469-1539 and as per his biography, spent the last 15 years of his life at Nankana Sahib, now in Pakistan. I have studied the writings of many Muslim writers from Punjab and Pakistan and they state that Guru Nanak was a...

I have studied Indian military history and  there was a module at the Staff College, which I underwent. Just for the record I attended the 41st Staff College  course at Wellington( named after the Duke of Wellington who defeated Napoleon...

The Indian Air Force has a checkered history and many types of planes have been part of its arsenal. Earlier the planes used by the IAF were of British origin as the IAF had been created by an act of the British parliament in 1932. It had a...

Subhash Chandra  Bose was one of the titans of the freedom struggle. He could have been a source of great inspiration to the youth of India, but fate played a trick on the Indian youth and this icon was downplayed by the Congress party and...

India is a unique land and there is no doubt it is the land of seers and holy men. I shall now relate the factual tale of a Muslim Pir who lived in Mumbai and just passed away about 6 months back. Pir in Islamic lore is a holy man who has achieved...

The Time when I trained as a Commando

I thought that readers on Boddunan may want to know what it means to be trained as a soldier. In India we do not have compulsory military service for any length of time so many are not aware of what life is in the forces. I will say that I was a...

The Foremost master of logic in Greek history is Plato.  he is credited with innumerable books and treatises.The works of Plato are read all over the world and philosophers look for hidden meanings in his writings. Plato is the author of the...

People like to watch war; but they talk incessantly about peace. They know that war cannot create peace, but it destroys evils. Human mind hates evils; and that is why humans like wars!  The epic Mahabharata has always fascinated human mind....

The  Indian National Anthem " Jana Gana Mana" is sung everyday.  I am afraid very few know that this anthem has a history and its not very nice. The English translation of the song is available on the net and anybody can download and read...

Guru Nanak is the founder of the Sikh faith and lived from 1469-1539. He made 4 Udayans( Travels) to the known world, which are well documented. He also visited Baghdad and Mecca and latest research poitns out that he may have visited Istanbul as...

Recently I asked an Indian student of the Kendriya Vidyalay in Dubai, whether he was aware that the great Indian war time freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose had escaped in a dare devil episode from Germany to Japan in 1943? The boy expressed...

If Krishna had come to this world to establish dharma and eradicate adharma, and if he could kill Kamsa, Shishupala, and many other demons, then why did Krishna not fight in the Mahabharata war? This question was asked frequently. But, the question...

Caligula and his Horse Incitatus

There are many wierd tales that interest us and one of them is about Caligula the Roman emperor.  I first read about Caligula while in college and the man interested me as a maverick emperor and sometimes wonder whether he was sane. Maybe he...

Subhas Chandra Bose was a rival of Gandhi and during the war he threw his lot with the Fascist powers and joined them. He had a one point agenda to overthrow the British Raj. He was also convinced that the British would never leave India by the...

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