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Tipu Sultans’s rocketry to be displayed in DRDO’s missile museum

Some of Tipu’s missiles Srirangapatna: Saluting the vision of the father of  modern missile technology, Tipu Sultan, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) plans to set up India’s first  archaeological rocket centre at his rocket court in Srirangapatna from where he fired the world’s first war rocket during the Anglo-Mysore battle. DRDO Chief Controller (R&D), Dr W. Selvamurthy, who visited the rocket court on Friday with other top defense scientists, was shocked  to see its condition. A portion of the front wall has collapsed and illegal constructions have cropped... 

Meet Pande Baba [पाँड़े बाबा ], gunslinger/teacher/student: 1980s Bihar through a biography

By Dev N Pathak Life options: double-edged choices! The former Vice-President of India Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma was stunned to hear the speech of a class six boy named Mukund Mani Pandey, at Mawlankar Hall in New Delhi (India). The boy was taken to Dr. Sahrma after the ovation thinned. Dr. Sharma exclaimed, ‘well done my boy! Where are you from?’ The boy said, ‘ I am from Vatayan school’. A perplexed Dr. Sharma asked, ‘I have never heard of this school! Where is it?’ The boy answered with a swelling chest, ‘it is as small a school as me in a small town called Siwan in a big state... 

Shafi Daudi (1875-1949), Builder of Congress in Muzaffarpur: another instance of Muslim alienation from Congress?

by Mohammad Sajjad by Shafi Daudi (1875-1949) Born on 27 October 1875, at a village, Daudnagar, near the historic village of Vaishali, Shafi Daudi, was the founding President of the district unit of the Congress in Muzaffarpur (Bihar), in June 1920; the Shafi Manzil, was the venue of the meetings. He, along with few more companions like Ramdayalu Singh (1881- 1944), Radha Mohan Singh (d. 1961; of village Kamalpura, Paroo), Bindeshwari Prasad Varma, etc., went to Calcutta to attend the special session of the Congress in September 1920. By that time, Muzaffarpur had already become an important centre... 

R.N Dash: The making of Bihar’s movie-man: Interview in Two parts

Part One Rajendra .N. Dash In conversation with Prashant Kumar R.N dash : The movie man of Bihar On growing up with cinema:   In 1942 my father was posted in a village in Orissa and I saw my first film in a tent show over there.It was a Bengali film, Jaydev. I was fascinated by moving images and the projector, I was amazed by how a projector which is throwing light on a screen is converting it into moving images and sound. I just used to look at projector and then screen, screen, then projector – it was kind of unparalleled magic for me. I was really fascinated by this magic. In 1938,... 

Excavations in Ballia, UP connect Lumbini with Pataliputra!

  Stupa at Lumbini:an early drawing! Ballia: Excavations by the department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) at Ballia district’s Pakka Kot village have established the region’s historical importance as a major trade centre connecting Pataliputra and Lumbini between 5000 BC and seventh century AD. The department had recently carried out excavation work at the four mounds of Pakka Kot ruins and their vicinity. The findings also indicate that the region was a permanent settlement of human habitation from the Neolithic period to early... 

Why did Indus Civilization collapse: new research answers many questions!

Why did Indus Civilization collapse: new research answers many questions!   Dockyard at Lothal A new study combining the latest archaeological evidence with state-of-the-art geoscience technologies provides evidence that climate change was a key ingredient in the collapse of the great Indus or Harappan Civilization almost 4000 years ago. The study also resolves a long-standing debate over the source and fate of the Sarasvati, the sacred river of Hindu mythology. Once extending more than 1 million square kilometers across the plains of the Indus River from the Arabian Sea to the Ganges, over... 

The LP [Laxmikant – Pyarelal] era and its magic!

The LP  [Laxmikant – Pyarelal] era and its magic!     Pt Pyarelal now! At 71, Pyarelal Sharma has the enthusiasm of a musical newbie. He remembers his late partner without any false melodrama. “We were like one, closer than brothers, so no one can even begin to understand our bond,” he says. Not many are aware that till Laxmikant suggested that they team up as a duo in films, Pyarelal’s ambition was to become a famous musician from India in Western music abroad, like his close friend Zubin Mehta. After Laxmikant passed away in 1998, the maestro (described by Laxmikant... 

Anti-Colonial Struggle at AMU [1900-1910] and Bihar’s own Syed Mahmud (1889-1971)

Anti-Colonial Struggle at AMU [1900-1910] and Bihar’s own Syed Mahmud (1889-1971)   By Mohammad Sajjad Aligarh Muslim University Since the year 1900, the relationship between the students and the [European] staff of the MAO College (now, AMU, Aligarh) was in deep trouble. One of the issues was food. Amid these, in 1903, Maulana Mohd. Ali Jauhar, came back from Oxford, wanted a teaching position in Aligarh, but he was denied, on extraneous reasons. He opposed the European elements in the college, wrote essays in newspapers, was supported by a faction of the Old Boys’ Association... 

Congress in Muzaffarpur: Mahesh Prasad Singh (1900-1971)

Congress in Muzaffarpur: Mahesh Prasad Singh (1900-1971)   By Mohammad Sajjad  : during Champaran satygarha”]The 1920s holds much greater importance in the history of anti-colonial struggle of India. On the one hand, the mass mobilization, more particularly in hitherto ‘politically backward’ regions like Bihar, became the force and ‘power’ of the Congress viz a viz the British Raj, on the other hand the Congress grew as a well-oiled organizational machinery penetrating into the villages as well. Further, in this process of the 1920s, the Congress found a generation of leaders who... 

Rahul Dravid’s speech at Sir Donald Bradman Oration, Australia

Rahul Dravid’s speech at Sir Donald Bradman Oration, Australia     Dravid;in the line of legends! Thank you for inviting me to deliver the Bradman Oration; the respect and the regard that came with the invitation to speak tonight, is deeply appreciated. I realise a very distinguished list of gentlemen have preceded me in the ten years that the Bradman Oration has been held. I know that this Oration is held every year to appreciate the life and career of Sir Don Bradman, a great Australian and a great cricketer. I understand that I am supposed to speak about cricket and issues in... 
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