Short note on Administrative System of Chola Kingdom

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Introduction : Chola administration Cholas had good administrative system. They had a centralised administrative system. King was not absolute. The practice of crown prince becoming the king was in vogue. A council of Ministers assisted the king. The intimate group of the King was called “Udanakootam”. The empire was divided into many divisions (Mandala). During the time of Rajraja Chola I … Read More

Samudragupta : His Military Conquests and Victories

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Samudragupta was the greatest king of the Gupta dynasty who ruled for 40 years. He was an ambitious ruler and wanted to be a “Chakravarti” (emperor). Today we will discuss about his military conquests and victories in North and South India as well as victories grabbed by him over forest kingdoms and in border states. Conquests by Samudragupta Samudragupta is … Read More

Major Events and Prominent Leaders of 1857 Revolt

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In the last post on the 1857 Revolt we had gone into the causes and circumstances leading to the outbreak of “First War of Indian Independence “. Now we will discuss below the major events and personalities connected with the 1857 Revolt. We will also throw light on the spots where the main conflict took place. Major Events of 1857 … Read More

[Part 2] Short Answers UPSC – Famous Figures in History

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Give the nationality and contribution of the following famous figures in History: –  Zoroaster Leo Tolstoy Picasso Freud Charles Darwin Edison Dayanand Saraswati Ashoka The Kingdom of Vijaynagar Harihara and Bukka Akbar Lord Bentinck Sardar Patel Zoroaster A Persian reformer and the founder of “Zoroastrianism”. He is supposed to be the author of the hymns called Gathes. Leo Tolstoy A … Read More

[Part 1] Short Answers UPSC – History Random Topics

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We will learn writing short answers of different topics of Ancient, Medieval and Modern History. Writing short answers of the given topic is not an easy task. You have to be precise and accurate while writing short answers. UPSC also needs 200 words answer writing these days in its mains examination. Here we are giving you some samples of history … Read More

Brief Note on Mountbatten Plan of June 3, 1947

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The representatives of the Muslim League from the Muslim-majority provinces boycotted the Constituent Assembly formed to frame a new Constitution for India. Communal riots broke out in different parts of the country. The Congress, though, in power at the Centre could not control the situation, as law and order was the responsibility of the provinces. To solve the political and … Read More

How were Indus Valley and Vedic Civilizations different from each other?

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The Indus Valley Civilization was definitely older than the Vedic Civilization. Whether the two civilizations formed parts of the same civilization is a topic of hot discussion amongst historians. According to a school of scholars the two were of different origins. Some other think that the two civilizations were the same but there timing was widely apart. Whatever it might … Read More

Bhakti Movement and Bhakti Saints in Indian History

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If we take note of the religious and literary progress made by the people under the Afghan rule, we shall understand how little the Muslim conquest of India really affected the lives and the peaceful avocations of the people. The sects of Vishnu and Shiva were the prevailing sects in India in the medieval times, and the worship of Rama … Read More

Buddhist Sacred Literature and Moral Precepts

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Buddhist Sacred Literature Not many centuries after the death of the Buddha, his teachings were spread by word of mouth to Ceylone, and they were recorded in writing in the Pali language, in 88 B.C., in the form in which we have them now. This prolific literature consists of three parts, or Three Baskets as they are called. The first is said to contain the … Read More

A note on Second Anglo-Maratha War (1803 – 1805)

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At the turn of the new century, i.e. 19th century, the Marathas were still a dominant force in the western and central India. So the East India Company decided to vanquish them and control these areas. At that time, Marathas were not united; rather they were fighting each other bitterly for supremacy. This scenario made it easy for the Britishers to … Read More