What are some things every Indian should know about Indian history?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I’m sure many of you would have seen Shashi Tharoor’s video that was in circulation on social media where he is seen verbally bludgeoning a person who asked a cheeky question regarding the contribution of the British to India. For those who haven’t watched it yet, here’s the video…  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_fHt523H0o…

Was Duryodhana a bad or a good king to his people?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Technically speaking, Duryodhana was never ‘king’. He remained self-proclaimed heir apparent until his death. Dhritarashtra was still King of Hastinapur before, during and immediately after the Kurukshetra war…at least until he renounced the throne and retired to the forests. Yes, Duryodhana wielded immense influence over his doting blind father, so…

Is the Telugu movie Bahubali a real story from history?

Or Fantasy script created by Director Rajamouli Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: As per his own admission, the story of Baahubali is a work of fiction that took form in the mind of S.S. Rajamouli’s father K.V. Vijayendra Prasad. I had, however, come across the name of Mahishmati earlier. I have seen it mentioned in…

What is the significance of the Mahabharata War to Hindus?

If Lord Krishna had raised weapon, the war could have ended in a moment. But then, why did he let the war happen? Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I have a little theory for all of the events that transpired and eventually led to the great war at Kurukshetra. Yes, it is true that Lord…

Are there any mentions of Afghanistan and Tajikistan in Hinduism?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Present day Afghanistan and Tajikistan were very affluent kingdoms during the Vedic period. The kingdom of Gandhara is said to have been located in and around present-day Afghanistan. Gandhara was one of the most respected kingdoms of the time, so much so that the illustrious Kuru dynasty chose one of…