Category Archives: 03. Royale

How did destiny make Vijayaraje Scindia queen?

This story fits more into a plot of a popular Ekta Kapoor’s K-soap rather than a part of serious history. A story typical of an early 20th century Indian royal court, full of intrigues, of scheming courtiers and broken engagement, … Continue reading

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Khushwant Singh review Bahadur Shah Zafar II

The Last Mughal: The Fall Of A Dynasty, Delhi, 1857 by William Dalrymple. This is not a novel of crime fiction. Though it has plenty of intrigue, murder, mayhem, blood and gore, it is a work of serious scholarship of … Continue reading

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The Mystery Of Who Killed Alexander The Great

James Romm examines some intriguing new theories about a long-standing historical mystery. In Babylon on June 10th, 323 BC, at about 5pm, Alexander the Great died aged 32, having conquered an empire stretching from modern Albania to eastern Pakistan. The … Continue reading

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Communist Govt sponsor 500 years Durga Pujo

A Durga Puja that is over 500 years old and is sponsored by the Tripura government continues to be a draw for devotees in northeast India as the royal family has kept its traditional sanctity. Tripura, the northeastern state currently … Continue reading

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Queen Laxmibai Newalkar and her adopted son

In the almost 150 years since she belatedly committed herself to the revolt known as the Indian Mutiny, Laxmibai, the rani of Jhansi, has been the only leader to be described in positive terms by her adversaries. True, some reviled … Continue reading

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Saudi prince to pay for court no-show in ‘secret wife’ case

A Saudi prince has been ordered to pay £25,000 to charity for failing to attend the High Court in London, in person to defend himself against a claim that he promised millions of pounds to his father’s “secret wife”. The … Continue reading

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Compensation for Japanese teachers on forced to sing anthem

A Japanese court has awarded millions of dollars in compensation to a group of teachers who were punished for refusing to sing the country’s anthem, the group said Tuesday as it condemned nationalism in education. The Tokyo District Court ruled … Continue reading

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Dutch King Insult Case Sparks A Royal Outrage

A decision to drag a Dutch activist before a judge for insulting King Willem-Alexander has sparked outrage in liberal-minded Netherlands and prompted prosecutors to re-evaluate the case based on a century-old law. Abulkasim al-Jaberi was arrested in November when television … Continue reading

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Ancient Tomb Reveals Man Sacrificed For Noblewoman’s Burial

Archaeologists in South Korea have unearthed an ancient tomb with remains of a young man and woman lying next to each other. Far from being a romantic scene, the burial represent a human sacrifice in which the man was killed … Continue reading

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Pakistan prepares for Saudi royal hunt of ‘protected’ birds

Pakistani authorities are finalising arrangements for a Saudi prince to visit its southwestern desert region to hunt the Houbara bustard, a bird supposedly protected by law, officials said Monday. An advance party has already been reached the Yak Much desert … Continue reading

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