Category: History

SnapKey: Vote: 3rd April 2019

Vote. The greatest invention of humans. The most powerful tool for an individual. A symbol of freedom of expression and the right to choose.

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What’s in a name?

It’s a cold morning. The city is slowly awakening from its slumber from the previous night. Very few people are walking on the roads. Of the handful of people, a peculiar sight is that of a man perched up on the city boards. He is painting over the old, rusty name of Allahabad with a dazzling coat of ‘Prayagraj.’

The present political discourse has been flooded with the discussion of renaming Allahabad to Prayagraj. The past few weeks have been spent in trading fire between the opposition and the ruling party over the issue. It has aggravated further as talks of renaming cities like Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad etc. have surfaced in various parts of the country. The issue is definitely not as simple as it looks like.

What’s in a name? What is the purpose of a name? Why is a name so important?

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Building India

India, as we see it today took pain and effort. Many citizens of the country don’t know what the people experienced at the time of independence and what challenges the country faced. It is very easy to criticize the actions of the leaders now, but at that time they were faced with very difficult circumstances and their decisions led us to become what we are today.

Colonial India, which was ruled over by the British had two types of territories. One where the British ruled directly and the other were the princely states who had accepted the suzerainty of the British and were merely puppets.

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