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The Battle of Paavan Khind It was a dark, dismal night. A mournful wind was howling through the narrow pass known as Ghodkhind. The date was 16th July 1660. Even the pouring July rain could not wash away the caked blood from the exhausted, gaunt faces of the handful of Bandal warriors still fighting. Corpses littered the stony ground. They were three hundred when this battle started, and now, almost five hours later, there were barely twenty five Bandal warriors still standing. Their leader, a thick set man of about fifty, fought like a man possessed. His shield had long been broken into pieces, his shaven head lay exposed without his turban, thick clumps of clotted blood covered his forehead. He fought with two swords, moving with the agility of a leopard, charging at the enemy with the naked fury...
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To those who say Modi’s visit to the United States of America is all showmanship but no substance Narendra Modi is an iconic leader. I cannot recall any modern day politician who can incite, inspire, amuse and make people go wow like Modi can. He is a poetic soul with an astute statesmanship vision. He can quote commonplace examples and still make the intellectuals clap with delight. But the list of Modi’s adversaries is endless. The liberal, left leaning English media of India probably tops the list. And I can see them shouting their lungs out about how Modi’s visit to the United States of America is all showmanship but has no substance. Let us be very honest here and let us analyze the timeline of India and its socio-political developments in the last 5 years. A Raja stormed the scene...
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Tyag Mal was the youngest of 5 children born to Mata Nanaki and Guru Har Gobind Singh. While spending his childhood days in Amritsar, he developed a penchant for learning philiosophy. Bhai Gurdas identified his craving for learning and taught him Gurmukhi, Hindi, Sanskrit religious texts. Tyag Mal grew up to become a man with immense knowledge of philosophy but his expertise wasn’t limited to just this. He had also learned archery and horsemanship from Baba Budha and had mastered swordsmanship skills from his father, Guru Har Gobind ji, so when time called he would give the oppressors a befitting reply. On one such occasion, when he was just 13 years old, he joined his father to fight against Painde Khan and the Mughals in the battle of Kartarpur under Shah Jahan’s hawk. Tyag Mal showed no mercy and made...
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Kongunadu (the areas covering Erode, Coimbatore, Nilgiris, and parts of Dharmapuri district in TN) like Pandiyanadu is another place where many unsung heroes fought valiantly against the British rule in the second Polygar war of 1802 to 1804 (the first we discussed in Kattabomman's Veer Gatha). Theerthagiri Gounder (born in 1756) in Kangeyam (near Erode) as the second son of Rathinasamy Mandradiar, the local chieftain there, was an able administrator, a first class warrior and a horseman. Most importantly, he was such an inclusive leader, he could take people of all castes and religions along with him. He defended his region against the incursions of Mysore army of Hyder Ali and later his son Tippu Sultan who had captured all nearby areas, and refused to acknowledge them. Hearing that the Sultan's people were threatening and collecting taxes from local farmers,...
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----------------------------------- Prologue ---------------------------------- The ancient Kingdom of Gandhar - what is now Afghanistan - became one of the main centres in the Muslim world during the Islamic Golden Age. By the turn of the 11th century AD, Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni had finally Islamized all of the remaining non-Muslim areas in the neighborhood, with the exception of the Kafiristan region. In time, The Ghaznavids were replaced by the Ghurids, who expanded and advanced the already powerful empire. Shahab-ud-din Muhammad Ghori, also known as Muizzuddin Muhammad Bin Sam, was born in 1162 in a small region of Ghor located in the mountains between the old Ghaznavid Empire and Seljuk dynasty situated in the western part of the then Ghaznavid Empire. From the onset of his rule, he embarked upon an expansionist policy and particularly made India as his prime target, inspired by...
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