Tryst with Destiny and India

maxresdefaultIf I have to say one phrase that represents India in my mind, it is this – “Tryst with Destiny”. The fight for independence and the subsequent events hold a prominent part in the history of India. History buffs or those older, who know the significance of this phrase will know it as the speech that was delivered by Nehru on the eve of India’s independence.

“Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now that time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.”

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“Manifest Destiny” and US of A

“Manifest Destiny”, the phrase caught my imagination when I read about it the first time in Irving Stone’s book – Immortal Wife. This was an account of the wife of John C Fremont who was widely known as “Pathfinder of the Rocky Mountains“. He lead as many as 4 expeditions to the American West. Fremont became one of the first two U.S. senators elected from the new state of California in 1850.  He lost the 1856 presidential election to Democrat James Buchanan  as the first presidential candidate to the new Republican party and carried most of the North. Continue reading

Bangalore Torpedo, History Revisited

Captain McClintock, in 1912, is credited with the invention of the Bangalore Torpedo. He was with the British Indian Army unit, the Madras Sappers and Engineers at Bangalore, India, at that time. It was a means of exploding booby traps and barricades without the soldier having to approach them closely.  They were used extensively in the first world war to clear the traps and mines left over from the Boer War and the Russo-Japanese War.

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J for Journal

Apologies for not posting all these days for the A-Z challenge. Since I entered it, I want to try and complete posting the next letters.

Scientific journals are very important to promoting the ideas and also establishing credibility in the tight knit community of scientists. 2015 marks the 350th year of the oldest science journal published, Philosophical Transactions.It was first puiblished on March 6 1665 in London, by Henry Oldenburg.

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Why do I Love History?

I love to read about history – World, Indian, Asian, Political, Economical – you name it. I love to know how people used to live before the modern inventions – before the mass transport systems – before television – before modern postal systems. How did they live? What did they eat? How did they dress? What did they do for entertainment?

Many among us have the wrong notion that all history is about dates – which war had been fought when? And many of us question – why do we need to understand history – it is past  – what relevance does it have for the future?

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