Sunday, August 31, 2008

Chakravarthi Rajagopalachari

Chakravarthi Rajagopalachari

Gandhi with C.Rajagopalachari
Courtsey : Wikipedia
He was born on 10 December 1878 in a Brahmin family of Salem District. He was an Indian Lawyer, Writer and a Statesman. He was elected as the Municipal Chairman of Salem and he held that post for two years. He was the second Governor-General of independent India. Later he became the Chief Minister of Madras State, and was one of the first recipients of India's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna (in 1954). He was even selected for the post of President of India but due to the infighting between the Congress party he opted to remain out. He also served as the union Home Minister. It was during this period that he warned Jawaharlal Nehru about the expansionist designs of China. He died on 25 December 1972.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Lack of Modern Historical Writing in India

Jawahar Lal Nehru giving Speech

When I go to any library I come across so many books on Ancient and Medieval Indian History but I hardly find any on the post modern period or on the post independent India. However this is not the case in any other subject specially in Political Science and Sociology. Even in Maths and Science we find latest and upto date books.It is only in History that there is sheer dearth in the writen material. There are scores of Historians in India but nobody is bothered to write about it. All of them write about Ancient or the Medieval India. There is no material available on the state wise History. There are so many states in India but none has bothered to write about their history. However we cannot straight away throw away the blame onto the historians. To some extent we the people of India are to be blamed.
Firstly, If someone writes about the events of the recent past there are so many who simply do not digest it. They are not able to come to the terms of the writing no matter how much pains the author might have taken in collecting the information before he reached to some conclusion.
Secondly, people consider themselves more superior than the writer. They draw their own conclusions which are simply based on hearsay.
Thirdly, Even the government is to be blamed who do not provide the information to the researchers even after 30 years of the incident.
          So the historians consider it better to wirte about the distant past for which they will get a lot of material easily and the people will also digest the information easily as they are not bothered about that.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Musharraf - Brushes With Death

1961 – The branch of the mango tree broke from which he was hanging upside down.
1972 – A plane crashed which he was bound to board but due to some reason he didn’t .
1988 – He was to be on the plane with Prez. Zia-ul-Haq that crached. But last minute shuffle saved him.
1998 – He didn’t board a helicopter that crashed because he was to play Bridge with his friend.
1999 – He was cheaf of the army staff. He was returning from Colombo when Prime Minister effectively blocked his landing, with 7 min fuel to spare army took control of the Karachi airport . 2001 – Returning from U.S. he had to return because of the news of a bomb on the plane which was was a hoax.
14 Dec. 2003 – A bomb exploded behind the car.
25 Dec. 2003 – Two cars with suicide mission struck his car.