12 facts about the man who united India

1. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, born on October 31, 1875, was a political and social leader of Indiawho played a major role in the country’s struggle for independence and subsequently guided its integration into a united, independent nation. 2. As the first home minister and deputy prime minister of India, Patel organised relief for refugees Read More …

Swami Dayananda Saraswati

Swami Dayananda Saraswati, the founder of the Arya Samaj, was one of the makers of modern India. With an indigenous orientation, he wanted to bring a new social, religious, economic and political order in India. Taking inspiration from Veda, he criticized evil practices like idolatry, caste system, untouchability etc. as Read More …

In Good Faith: Sarvodaya for polarised times

It is an axiom that a nation can forget its great leaders only at its own peril. Indeed, some leaders have a far-reaching influence on the nation in its onward march, as they serve as a lighthouse. If there ever was one leader in modern India in whom the characteristic Read More …

Why Shastri matters today

Context: We pay homage to our heroes and great leaders on their birth anniversaries. More often than not, such events pass in a ritualistic manner. But at times, the nation must not only pay homage to its leaders, but also make the younger generation aware of their stellar contribution to Read More …

45th anniversary of the Chipko movement

Context: Google commemorated the 45th anniversary of the Chipko movement, the non-violent agitation of 1970 aimed at protection and conservation of trees, with a doodle. Background of the Movement: The uprising against the felling of trees and maintaining the ecological balance originated in Uttar Pradesh’s Chamoli district (now Uttarakhand) in Read More …

Manikarnika, the legendary queen of Jhansi

Manikarnika or Manu Bai is the maiden name of Rani Laxmibai. She was born in November 1828 at Varanasi to a family of Maharashtrian Brahmins. Her rise to the peak of Indian historical glory, however, begins only after she gets married to the Maharaja of Jhansi, Raja Gangadhar Rao Newalkar Read More …

First Slaughter of Chittorgarh by Allauddin Khilji in 1303

Context: Visualize about Chittorgarh of the bygone days when the brave Rajputs fought fiercely against Muslim invaders to maintain independence. The Rajputs who never surrendered! Picturise about the brave Rajput women who committed jauhar on more than one occasion to save themselves from disgrace, from being raped by the barbaric Muslim invaders. Read More …

‘Attingal Revolt’ of 1721

A section of historians in Kerala  disputed the Centre’s move to announce Odisha’s 1817 Paika Rebellion as the “First War of Independence”, saying various uprisings against foreign powers had occurred in the southern State much before it, but never got due recognition. They said the coastal State had witnessed a number of Read More …

What is Paika Rebellion?

When the British started tinkering with the revenue system in 1803, the farming community of Odisha rose in rebellion. At that critical juncture, Bakshi Jagabandhu Bidyadhar – the military chief of the King of Khurda – led his motley army of Paikas forcing the British East India Company forces to Read More …

‘Paika Bidroha’ to be named as 1st War of Independence

The ‘Paika Bidroha’ (Paika rebellion) of 1817 will find a place in the history books as ‘the First War of Independence’ from the next academic session, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday. “Paika Bidroha will find a place as the First War of Independence against the British Rule in Read More …