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The Genesis of two “Farooka” Schools

The Sindhu river was called  “Hindu”  by the Persians.  The name passed to the Greeks as Indós.  It was adopted by the Romans as Indus.  The river’s annual flow is about 243 cubic km — twice that of the Nile River and three times that of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers combined. The earliest chronicles and hymns of ancient India, the …

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28th OCTOBER 1914 – WHEN THE INDIA CORPS ALMOST CHANGED THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD!

Foreword Ninety-six years ago, on 18 July 1925, Adolf Hitler published his infamous book, entitled “Mein Kamph” which led to the creation of a formidable German military force. It proved to be the corner-stone of the edifice of a new nation which took on the combined might of allied forces. This 700 page tome contains an account of Private Hitler’s …

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A SILENT THUNDER IN ‘HUNTER’ SQUADRON, NDA

  A SILENT THUNDER IN ‘HUNTER’ SQUADRON, NDA By 2997 A Bit of History At the end of World War II, Field Marshal Claude Auchinleck, then Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army, led a committee around the world and submitted a report to the Government of India in December 1946. The committee recommended the establishment of a Joint Services Military Academy, …

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IN THE SHADOW OF SPITUK GOMPA

IN THE SHADOW OF SPITUK GOMPA By Kapil Aggarwal Introduction This is a brief personal-life story narrated by Kapil Aggarwal. It makes interesting reading, because all of us can identify ourselves with the incident. The author is haunted by its memory even today, when twenty-five years have elapsed since then. He has invited the readers’ comments. So, if you have …

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MAXY – The Arjun astride the arrow

Foreword Col (Dr) Sultan Malik is a well-known name in the Army. Quite apart from being a very professional engineer, he has made a mark in music. His theme song, “Samandar ki hasin lahron…” for the TV film on the Indian Navy is a landmark piece of music. However, the story of his brother, an ace fighter pilot is known …

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A RACE ON THE LONG ROAD TO NOWHERE

This is a true account of an event which took place exactly sixty years ago on Sunday, the 7th August 1960. Four NDA cadets went out on ‘liberty’ to Poona. But what was meant to be a fun-filled weekend turned into a tragedy. To save some typing effort, I will call them Ravi, Raj, Tej and Jit. Given below is …

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SHAIKH FARID : A MYSTIC ABOVE FAITHS AND CREEDS

The Sacred Verses of Shaikh Farid I have been hearing and also reciting the hallowed verses of ‘Bhagat Farid ji’ ever since I was a child. But when I read about his life and works he went up in my esteem by several notches. The Wikipedia introduces him as follows: Farīd al-Dīn Masʿūd Ganj-i-Shakar ( 4 April 1179 – 7 May …

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Hjalmar Schact and Germany’s Recovery from World War I

Preface The Editor’s Foreword The year 2020 will go down in the history as a period of unbelievable struggle, which has brought the whole world together. The entire human race is fighting a war with an invisible enemy. Just about everything around us has undergone a sea change. The end of the battle is not in sight as yet. In …

SPANISH FLU (1918-20) AND CORONA PANDEMIC (2019-?)

A Forgotten Episode of Human History Public memory is proverbially short. Almost none of my friends know much about the Spanish Flu, which ravaged mankind a hundred years ago. The few, who had heard about it, thought that it was confined to Europe. I first learnt about it when I was studying the demographics of India for some other subject. …

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The last ‘Mahant’of Nankana Sahib

His name was Narain Das, and he was the ‘Mahant’ (the high Priest) of Nankana Sahib during the first two decades of the twentieth century. Being the birth place of Guru Nanak, it was the holiest shrine, next only to the Golden Temple, in Amritsar. His life and deeds are so heinous and detestable that the community has obliterated his …