India@75 (1949: The Adoption of the Constitution)

India@75 (1949: The Adoption of the Constitution)

One of independent India’s most significant achievements post-1947 was the adoption of the constitution. The document was adopted on 26th November 1949, making India a sovereign, democratic republic on paper.  Interestingly, most members in the constituent assembly who pioneered the creation of the constitution were from the Congress party. However, the intensity of the constituent [...]

Important events and milestones India @ 75 (1948)

Important events and milestones India @ 75 (1948)

1948: Gandhi’s assassinationOn January 30th 1948, darkness enveloped the nation. Just months after independence, Mahatma Gandhi, one of India’s foremost freedom fighters was assassinated by a member of the Hindu Mahasabha, Nathuram Godse. Once an ardent supporter of Gandhi’s philosophy, Godse’s decision to assassinate him stemmed from a dislike of Gandhi’s behaviour towards Muslims. Regardless [...]

Important events and milestones India @ 75 (1947)

Important events and milestones India @ 75 (1947)

India at Birth and its “Tryst with Destiny”:India became an independent nation on August 15th, 1947. Born on the same night as another country Pakistan, the two countries grew to see vastly divergent outcomes. At midnight, India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru delivered his momentous “Tryst with Destiny” speech in the constituent assembly. The speech [...]

The Indus Valley Civilisation: Lost and found after 5000 years

The Indus Valley Civilisation: Lost and found after 5000 years

The Indus Valley Civilization was one of the oldest known cultures that flourished in the Indian Subcontinent between c. 3300- c. 1300 BCE. Mentioned first in Vedic Sources, this ancient civilisation is often referred to as The Indus Saraswathi Civilization or the Harappan Civilisation due to its situation along the Indus and Saraswathi rivers and [...]

The League of Nations: The precursor to the UN

The League of Nations: The precursor to the UN

The League of Nations was an ambitious yet unsuccessful endeavour of the twentieth century that laid the foundation and idea of an unbiased international organisation to maintain diplomatic relations around the world; it is to this day considered the “forerunner to the United Nations”. The first of its kind, the League of Nations was an [...]

The story of “Britain’s Schindler”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9VhKjexnCQ The Story of Sir Nicholas Winton The holocaust was a dark period in World history; fuelled, by hate, bigotry and the notion of racial superiority, the holocaust was the biggest state-sponsored, racially prejudiced mass genocide in Europe. Taking place during the second world war, Germany, under its fascist leader, Adolf Hitler and the Nazis [...]

Battle lines drawn over nutmeg, cinnamon, and cassia

Battle lines drawn over nutmeg, cinnamon, and cassia

Running through wide and vast areas, the spice routes are a network of interlinking sea routes that were used in the ancient times linking the west coast of Japan, through the islands of Indonesia, around India to the lands of the Middle East - and from there, across the Mediterranean to Europe. These expansive sea [...]

The Indus Waters Treaty of 1960

The Indus Waters Treaty of 1960

A map showing the flow of rivers as per the treaty “One bright spot ... in a very depressing world picture that we see so often”. This was a famous statement that the former US president, Dwight Eisenhower used to describe the Indus Waters Treaty, one of the most “successful international treaties has survived frequent [...]