Category: History

To defeat a monster, you need not be one

Most of us remember the Netflix series The Crown for some spicy segment(s) about Nehru. But, something else stood out for me. In one of the episodes, Winston Churchill...

Learning from the desecration of Somnath Temple

In an act of psychological warfare, Anas Haqqani, a member of Taliban, visited the tomb of Mahmud of Ghaznavi and praised him for a ghastly act. The Turkic ruler...

Revisiting India’s maritime history and strategy

India’s maritime History Amongst the first instances of India’s maritime culture can be found in Mahabharata. Lord Krishna built the port city of Dwarka in order...

Why is Spiritual Element Necessary in the society?

“When did spiritual element become necessary to the society? Go ask a beggar on the street if he needs that,” said one of my acquaintances. Those were wise...

Guru Purnima: When great Gurus inspired great transformations

Yaksha: By the study of which science does man become wise? Yudhishthira: Not by studying any shaastra does man become wise. It is by association with the great in...

Indian diplomacy and strategic thinking reminds us of Balarama

Recently, at UNSC India abstained from voting on the Israel-Hamas conflict. And today I read this article. As reported, the Israeli head of counter-terrorism urges India...

Why is Bhagavad Gita more relevant than ever

Let’s start with a verse from Bhagavad Gita (chapter 1, verse 30) गाण्डीवं स्रंसते हस्तात्त्वक्चैव...

Vedanta – Going beyond the Vedas

“In Hinduism, Vedas are the ultimate source of truth,” asserted my friend and colleague, while arguing with his boss (not a good idea), over my...

A historical perspective on Humour: Chatrapati Shivaji and Arjuna

On April 2, 1779, the great Maratha king Chatrapati Shivaji wrote a letter to the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. A few lines, in the beginning, read as follows: This firm and...

Decoding Dharma – Beyond Good and Bad

The Ottoman dream First things first. This article is inspired by this video. There is a classic stereotype: Democracy is good, while dictatorship isn’t! However,...