Category Archives: History

Written on Sep, 03, 2017 by in | Leave a comment
MY JAPANLAN MEMOIR AFTER FOUR SCORE YEARS - D

After the Japanese gave “Britannia ruled the waves” a nasty shock in southeast Asia with their lightening attacks, they sneaked through the jungles of Burma, infested with malaria, cholera and dysentery, right to the outskirts of Imphal. Imphal thus became the nerve centre of the British Commonwealth soldiers fighting the Japanese simultaneously at Imphal and Kohima fronts. It was as …

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Written on Aug, 27, 2017 by in | Leave a comment
MY JAPANLAN MEMOIR AFTER FOUR SCORE YEARS - C

  The apocalyptic modernity of WWII made Imphal town look like a cowboy ghost town in Santa Fe in the Old Wild West. After the second bombing over Imphal on May 16 1942, six days after the first, Gimson told my father during one of his visits that, a few bombs fell on his Residency compound. One demolished the main …

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Written on Aug, 20, 2017 by in | Leave a comment
MY JAPANLAN MEMOIR AFTER FOUR SCORE YEARS - B

Before I begin today’s column I would like to express my tender emotions like poetry drawn from the prose, to see online, the images of Krishna Janma celebration at Mahabali on August 15 this year, as I remember going there as a little boy just before WWII. Equally touching is the group photograph of North American Manipuri Association convention 2017, …

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Written on Jul, 30, 2017 by in | Leave a comment
PREVAILING CRISIS OF LAID-OFF MEN & LEFTOVER WOMEN IN GENDER WAR

The title appears militantly ironic. But, Democracy and free markets are not intimately connected to the institution of marriage. There should be a decision maker in this set up. Decision-making is all about why highly educated women who are understandably, choosing to stay single until they findĀ  suitable men, rather than marry any sub-standard bloke. It’s human nature that’s designed …

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Written on Apr, 30, 2017 by in | Leave a comment
Woolly Mammoth

The Child is Father of the Man (Wordsworth, My heart Leaps Up). Whatever Wordsworth meant, I take it to mean that the true nature of a person does not change with time. True, but the clever child will grow smarter. Modern children are definitely smarter than their parents. I don’t mean more genetically intelligent, but having better ability to do …

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Written on Apr, 09, 2017 by in | Leave a comment
HITLER'S MEIN KAMPF (MY STRUGGLE)

Adolf Hitler was a German politician and was Fuhrer of Nazi party from 1933 to 1945. He was responsible for WWII. His spouse was Eva Braun. Both committed suicide on April 30 1945 when Germany was losing the War. Hitler’s autographical book, Mein Kampf published in 2016, became a bestseller in Germany again, 92 years after it was first published …

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Written on Apr, 02, 2017 by in | Leave a comment
ENIGMA OF MOHENJO-DARO & INDUS VALLEY CIVILISATION

Mohenjo-daro, one of the world’s earliest city civilisations of pure indigenous Indians is now being discovered. It is still driving archaeologists bananas as Mohenjo daro script is indecipherable. The recent Hindi film, Mohenjo Daro (2016), starring Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde, is well researched and evocative of the excavated city, especially the two enormous silt platforms, upper and lower towns, …

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Written on Mar, 12, 2017 by in | Leave a comment
SEXUAL ODYSSEY

Most youngsters in Manipur, must have heard about Rasputin, as I did during my school years like, he sent ‘a piece of paper on which he scribbled a message’ to Empress Alexandra that stopped her eight year old son Alexei’s nonstoppable bleeding from haemophilia in 1912. In my undergraduate medicine, hypnosis was written as capable of stopping bleeding (clotting) from …

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Written on Mar, 05, 2017 by in | Leave a comment
DESTRUCTION OF ANCIENT REMNANTS OF MESOPOTAMIA/BABYLON

I’ve been wondering how such a powerful Iraqi army with the modern state-of-the-art firing power, and 13 times larger than ISIL troops, has been unable to trounce such a small insurgent group that is taking over their country! Only now, the Iraqi army backed with American air power, special forces, and Shia militia, are able to press forward towards Mosul, …

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Written on Sep, 25, 2016 by in | Comments Off on DEATH OF A SWAMI WHO BUILT A HINDU MANDIR AS LONDON’S ANSWER TO THE TAJ MAHAL
DEATH OF A SWAMI WHO BUILT A HINDU MANDIR AS LONDON'S ANSWER TO THE TAJ MAHAL

London newspapers highlight the death of a Hindu priest – Pramukh Swami Maharaj who built a timeless Shri Swaminarayan Hindu Temple or simply as Neasden Temple in London. He was born on December 7 1921 and died on August 13 2016 at the age of 95. This was the largest traditional Hindu temple built outside India at that time in …

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