Current Affair Category: History and Culture

May 11, 2024

What is Haitian Vodou? About Haitian Vodou:

Haitian Vodou, also spelled Vodoun, is a vibrant and complex African diasporic religion that developed in Haiti between the 16th and 19th centuries. Origins and History: Roots in West Africa: Haitian Vodou emerged from the traditions of several West and Central African religions, brought to Haiti by enslaved Africans. The most significant influences came from […]

May 9, 2024

What is the Baroda Dynamite Case?

The Baroda Dynamite Case was a controversial criminal case filed by the Indira Gandhi government during the Emergency in India (1975-1977). Here’s a breakdown of the key points: Accused: Socialist leader George Fernandes and 24 others. Charges: Smuggling explosives (dynamite) to target government establishments and railway tracks. Motive (alleged): Protesting against the state of emergency […]

May 4, 2024

Ajrakh Painting

Hand block painting or Ajrakh is an age-old tradition practiced in Ajrakhpur, a village in the Kutch district of Gujarat. The 100-odd families of the village take part in a laborious process that takes up to three weeks to complete. Textiles are treated with vegetable and mineral colours and the fabric goes through a washing […]

April 22, 2024

Scientists discover enormous fossil of the world’s ‘largest snake’ Vasuki Indicus in Kutch, Gujarat:

Vasuki Indicus, a colossal snake fossil, discovered in Gujarat, aged 47 million years, revealing insights into ancient ecosystems. Its size comparable to Titanoboa, indicating a significant predator during prehistoric times. About Vasuki Indicus: The enormous serpent, named Vasuki Indicus in science, also finds mention in Hindu mythology, named Vasuki. This giant serpent is thought to […]

April 18, 2024

Surya Tilak Project :

Why in News ? The Surya Tilak Project  aims to bring Sun rays on the forehead of Lord  Ram at Ayodha Temple during the  Ram Navami. This is the first Ram Navami since the consecration of the Ram idol at the new temple on January 22. ·         This was achieved using a special mirror-lens arrangement, […]

April 13, 2024

“Mohan Babu” poll mascot : EC

Why in News ? The Election Commission (EC) has adopted “Mohan Babu” as its poll mascot to get people of Cooch Behar in north Bengal out to the polling booths . About Mohan Babu: • It is an endangered black softshell turtles that are revered by the local people as an incarnation of the Hindu […]

April 12, 2024

Sulthan Bathery:

Recently, The Kerela BJP Chief said that the renaming of Sulthan Bathery is inevitable. The name Sulthan Bathery emerged as part of Tipu Sultan’s invasion. Where does the name Ganapathyvattam come from? • Sulthan Bathery, one of the three municipal towns in Wayanad (the other two are Mananthavady and Kalpetta), has a stone temple that […]

March 27, 2024

Addressing the Disappearance of Historical Monuments: ASI’s Delisting Initiative        

Introduction: India boasts a rich historical heritage, with numerous protected monuments scattered across the country. However, some of these invaluable relics have vanished over time due to various factors such as development, encroachment, and neglect. In response to this alarming trend, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has undertaken a significant initiative to delist certain […]

March 23, 2024

The Saga of Usha Mehta and Congress Radio: A Chronicle of India’s Freedom Struggle          

Introduction: In 1942, amidst the fervor of the Quit India Movement, when senior Congress leaders were imprisoned, a clandestine beacon of freedom emerged – Congress Radio. The recently released biographical film “Ae Watan Mere Watan” on Amazon Prime delves into this historical saga, focusing on the remarkable journey of Usha Mehta, portrayed by Sara Ali […]

March 23, 2024

Aurangzeb’s Birthplace and Historical Context: Separating Fact from Political Rhetoric         

Introduction: In a recent political discourse, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut likened Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, citing their common birthplace in Gujarat. However, beyond the political rhetoric, it’s essential to delve into historical records to ascertain the accuracy of such claims. Aurangzeb’s Birth and Early Years: Aurangzeb was indeed born in […]

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