Decoding the India-France G2G Rafale Deal:

What Is Rafale Deal Controversy?  In September 2016, India signed an inter-governmental agreement with France, called the "Rafale deal", in which India bought 36 off-the-shelf Dassault Rafale twin-engine fighters for a price estimated to be Rs. 59,000 crore or 7.8 billion Euros. The failure of communications on the part of the Modi government aside, it is astonishing … Continue reading Decoding the India-France G2G Rafale Deal:

Forgotten Liberators: Masterda Surya Sen

Surya Sen, also known as Masterda, was a prominent revolutionary and was the chief architect of the anti-British freedom movement in Chittagong, Bengal (now in Bangladesh). On January 12, 1934, the British officials entered the cell of their captured revolutionary and brutally tortured him by breaking all his teeth, limbs, and joints with a hammer. The torture … Continue reading Forgotten Liberators: Masterda Surya Sen

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 24,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many … Continue reading 2015 in review

Albert Ekka – Galantry personified !!

Not many people know him but he was a brave gallantry personified soldier of Mother India. This Adivasi hero single-handedly changed the course of the Indo-Pak battle in Gangasagar in 1971. Lance Naik Albert Ekka was born in Gumla, Bihar (now Jharkhand) on 27th December 1942. Albert Ekka was the son of Julius and Mariam Ekka. Born and brought … Continue reading Albert Ekka – Galantry personified !!

Chhath (छठ-पर्व) – the symbol of piety and reverence !!

The very first thought of छठ-पर्व (Chhath Parv) makes me nostalgic. Reminds me of my mother (Maa) who had been observing "Chhath" for last three decades. Maa resides in Jamshedpur (part of erstwhile Bihar, now in Jharkhand) and after much persuasion she has now stopped performing it since last year because she is not in the best … Continue reading Chhath (छठ-पर्व) – the symbol of piety and reverence !!