A jack of all trades still trying to understand what he is a master of.
Sep 21, 2018 • 22 tweets • 5 min read
All this was triggered from this article. May be, it’s good that a European subscribed to Indian tradition. But, that’s not what I am interested in. I am more interested in why Thomas Munro is in Mantralayam –
to check whether the Matham really deserves the land holdings. speakingtree.in/blog/sir-thoma…
Aug 20, 2018 • 35 tweets • 15 min read
I am really unhappy with the way a section of the society conducted itself, including verified accounts during #keralafloods. This is a time of introspection or bonding, not blind hate. I beg everyone not to consider any of these persons seriously over any topic down the line.
Let me post a few of these. No country can survive with such a level of hate. It's up to you to decide whether you want to build the country or widen the fault lines. And remember, with power comes responsibility.
Recently, I had been to Kanyakumari. A few takeaways. 1. The Church domination is telling. For example, sunrise view is directly from my room. The only problem? There's a church with a blaring horn between my room and the sea.
The noise started at 5 AM, disturbing sleep and continued unabated till 9. Below is a snapshot of the decibel meter. For reference, it should be less than. 55 decibels. And note, the speakers are some 250 metres from where I was.
Jul 11, 2018 • 25 tweets • 7 min read
Never expected this from Gandhi. Or is it the reality? 70,000 Hindus and Sikhs are trapped in Bahawalpur and here we are, with Gandhi saying I don't care.
From a speech on 23 Dec 1947
And why this extreme concern for Muslims in Lahore? Why not a single word, even in passing, about the conditions in the camp at Delhi? Godse, in his trial, said that, when refugees tried to take shelter in Birla House from extreme cold, Gandhi got them booted.
Jul 5, 2018 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
Very few local Muslim commanders are as famous as Kala Pahad in India. He is not actually famous, but is notorious, his notoriety being the sack of Puri and the destruction of the idol of Lord Jagannatha. Legend says he died of madness for doing that.
Below are some accounts of it. Madala Panji says the temple authorities his the idol but a traitor gave away the info for a bribe. He took the idol to Ganga and burnt it. It didn't burn completely and the main part was retrieved by a Muslim which was stolen and brought back
Jul 4, 2018 • 40 tweets • 8 min read
There was no plan whatsoever. Suddenly, I asked my wife if we can go to Arunachalam, the Teulgu name for Tiruvannamalai. Bored sitting at home, she was happy. After the usual and monotonous bus journey, we reached Tiruvannamalai after a gruelling five hour journey.
The greatness of Indian temples is, how hard the journey is, one glance at the main idol is going to wipe out all your burden. Arunachaleshwara will surely do that for you. The Sivalinga is white in colour, always covered and decorated, the covers are removed only for Abhishekham
Apr 14, 2018 • 20 tweets • 3 min read
The speed with which the Arab imperialist juggernaut took over the civilized Old World West of Himalayas fascinates everyone even today. But the suddenness of their crash when entering India also fascinates everyone.
Arab Empires were able to take full control of Persia by 651 and Tripolitana(Libya) by 648, their advance into Maghreb and Europe was satisfactory, with Spain falling by 711 AD. On the other side, their forces stopped advancing beyond Syria.
Feb 21, 2018 • 37 tweets • 7 min read
This image which I sourced from manasataramgini.wordpress.com/2011/09/17/reh… presents a very interesting view. This gives us the number of times Muslims attacked India till they gained a foothold in 1192. I am not interested in the actual numbers. It's the general trend which I am interested in.
The article itself is a very great read. Coming back to the topic. The depiction clearly shows there are three waves of Islamic advance into India - Arab Imperialism, Turkic advances under the Ghaznavids and Turkic advances under the Ghurids. And the first two, clearly failed.