A Giant named China

Recently, in last five months China has been in news for all wrong reasons. Firstly, the Covid-19 pandemic has blotted the image of China and secondly, the border tension with India is proving to be Achilles' heel for China with U.S.A finally finding solid reason to move aggressively in South China Sea and from the beginning gunning China for Covid-19 pandemic. But if we look at a series of events in 2019, it suggests that U.S.A was already aiming China but was not able to find a concrete base. The reason was the rise of the dragon in technological sphere and geo political scenario.  India and China

In India, Boycott China has been the buzz for a while. But this is not the first time that such boycott happens. Each year such buzz echoes in every festive season and eventually fades with the passing festival. This year the buzz has been on higher side due to the border tension between the two Asian giants. China is one of the biggest trade partners of India and India is a potential …

Dhamma policy of Ashoka

The word Dhamma is associated with the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka. Dhamma is the Prakrit form of the Sanskrit word Dharma which means righteousness. Dharma has been variously translated as Eu’sebeia or doctrine of piety as per Greek edict found in Shar-i-Kuna (Kandhar), Qsyt or truth and Data or Law in Aramaic from the pillars found from Shar-i-kuna and Taxila respectively.
From the above meaning of the word, it becomes quite clear that the word Dhamma has nothing to do with Buddhism and was an attempt of the king to convey his message to the subjects in the most appropriate language. By language, we mean the different languages that were used by the King which could be easily understood by the people. For example, in the North-West, languages like Aramaic and Greek was used and similarly Prakrit in Brahmi script was used near the Deccan area.PurposeThe question arises why would a King of Ashoka calibre would try to reach its subjects. Why the King was so eager that he put so much energy a…

LAC from the British Era

The line of Actual Control (LAC) has been the buzz for last couple of weeks with China as usual claiming the territory of a neighbouring country. This is not the fisrt time that China has claimed a territory of a neighbour. Infact, if one unfolds the Chinese history of territorial dispute, the dragon has territory dispute with all its neighbours. But, the most heated of all in present context is the LAC with India. This has led to a major war between the two Asian giants and border skimishes for the last 6 decades. Let us unfold the history that has led to such border volatility.

The historic agreement between China and Colonial India According to the agreement between the Crown of two nations signed in 1890 popularly known as " The Convention of  Calcutta":  "The boundary of Sikkim and Tibet shall be the crest of the mountain range separating the waters flowing into the Sikkim Teesta and its affluents from the waters flowing into the Tibetan Mochu and northwards into oth…

10 destinations to visit in Jammu region

Jammu, popularly known as “City of Temples” is a beautiful city in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The winter capital is located on the bank river Tawi. The generally accounted civilisation history of Jammu as a whole can be traced back to late Harappa period as Manda, the uppermost limit of Harappa civilisation happens to be identified with Akhnoor area in Jammu.The list includes:Jammu city and its vicinityAkhnoor heritageTwins lakes of Surinsar and MansarUdhampur heritage circuitRamnagar and KulwantaReasi, Natural paradiseKud-Patnitop-SanasarSudhmahadev- MantalaiKathuaKishtwarLet us begin the journey1. Jammu city and its vicinityHow to reach: By air: Jammu airport (XIJ)By Rail: Jammu Tawi Railway station (JAT)By Road: NH-44Upon reaching City of Temples, one can get accommodation easily within 5 km radii depending upon his/her arrival by rail, road or air. There are many places especially temples in jammu. Since, it is famous for temples, one can easily visit temples as mos…

Citizenship amendment Act and controversy

Citizenship Amendment Act popularly buzzed as CAA has been in the spotlight since it was introduced in the Parliament and gained momentum tremendously when it was passed by the Parliament. Since then, it has been in news for all bad reasons with Delhi riots hitting the headlines of all major media channels. Some dubbed it as the draconian law, some labelled the present Government equivalent to Hitler's Nazism, some painted it as fascism. Political parties, media, NGO's, religious bodies, educational institutions, nations with vested interest and even international organisations UNHRC have jumped into the much anti-muslim labelled Act. Before busting the myth around the Act, let us examine the allegations that have been debated around the so called controversial act.