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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Tatya Tope was hanged 150 years ago: Remembering the hero of 1857

The great guerilla warrior and freedom fighter Commander Tatya Tope was executed exactly 150 years ago. The anniversary of his death passed without any notable event or mention to this legendary figure of the War against imperialist forces.

It was on April 18, 1859 that this great figure who had traversed across Central and North India, fighting the British forces and uniting the rebel sepoys, died. He was sent to gallows by a Kangaroo court soon after he was arrested.

Tatya Tope was hanged to death in Shivpuri in Madhya Pradesh when he was just 45. Along with Nana Sahib, Azimullah Khan, Ahmadullah Shah, Kunwar Singh, General Bakht Khan, Azizan, Begun Hazrat Mahal and other heroes, he is among the tallest figures of grand Indian struggle to the Company rule.

After the spark of Meerut spread across the country, the soldiers of East India Company had joined the revolution and Tatya had become the Commander-in-Chief of the fores.

He had witnessed the entire war [termed as mutiny by British], wrested Kanpur and Kalpi, reached Jhansi where their [and Rani Laxmi Bai] joint armies had defeated British forces to proclaim independence.

Though the British re-captured it later, Tatya kept organising bands of fighters, criss-crossed the entire Bundelkhand, Central India and United Provinces from Bharatpur (in present day Rajasthan) to Bithur and beyond.

He fought up to Narmada, Betwa rivers and went as far as South towards Khandesh to keep flame of revolution alive. The marathon march of Tatya is extraordinary by any standards:

From Gwalior to Jora Alipore, crossing Chambal river, reaching Tonk and later Bundi, then passing Bhhilwara, Kankroli and Jahlrapatan to reah Rajgarh, Biaora, Sironj, Chanderi, Isagarh, Khurai, Bagrod, Rajpur, then crossing Narmada and through Banswara, reaching Zirapur, Indargarh, Sikar and dozens of other towns.

Gharib Parwar, Hatim-e-Dauraa.n, Aadil-e-Zamaa.n, Fayyaz-e-Ahad, Shujaat Shoaar, Shrimant Peshwa Bahadur Tatya Sahab Daam-e-Iqbaaluhu [That's how he was addressed in letters]

Quite similar to Tipu Sultan, this brave warriour also ran out of luck. It is believed that his own trusted friend Man Singh of Narwar had betrayed him. Man Singh was promised that if he helped the EIC, he would get his territory back as reward for this service.

Ultimately, Tatya Tope was captured. [No surprise. After all, Jiwaji Rao Scindia of Gwalior had already decided to support the British though majority of his troops had joined Tatya and Laxmi Bai. But Gwalior's support proved crucial and paved the way for British to capture the country.]

The rare pictures and portraits of the era including the photographs of the armies of Tatya Tope and Nana Sahib make an impressive sight. They look smart, well-armed sepoys ready to take on the might of the empire. They were mostly the East India Company soldiers who had joined him.

Tatya Tope spent long time in jungles. The Bitish generals were scared of his guerilla tactics. For a long time he dodged them and had skirmishes with forces. But after the betrayal, he was caught on April 7 and brought before the court. During the trial, he said that it was his duty to fight for reclaiming his motherland.

Within 11 days the Compnay executed him. He asked the hangman to stay away and himself put the noose around his neck. Though there were later speculations that someone else was hanged and Tatya had managed to escape.

However, it seems to be the optimism among the masses whose spirits had hit an all time low after the failure of the revolution, and wanted to believe that he was still alive and planning for a great battle.

Tatya Tope, whose real name was Ram Chandra Pandurung Yolekar, was born in 1814. His father had accompanied Peshwa Baji Rao from Pune to Bithur. Young Tatya was just a few inches over 5 feet but his valour made him one of the heroes of the war of 1857.

He was feared among British forces. Tatya had led the assault on General Havelock's army and defeated it near Ganges. He had battled the armies of Campbell, Major Rock, Homes, Roberts and kept playing hide and seek with British forces even when the Company forces had re-captured most of the areas in other parts of the country.

No mention in mainstream media, news channels


I couldn't find a single report on Tatya Tope on any of the channels on the 150th anniversary of his martyrdom. Isn't it a shame?

Twenty20 cricket, Elections and the Celebrity culture seems to have eclipsed every other thing. Remaining slots were occupied by the daily reports about Taliban.

Though a couple of years back there were a couple of reports about the plight of his descendants living in Bithur (Kanpur) and Railway Minister Lalu Yadav had given job with the railways to a family member.

However, it is sad to see that society remains almost apathetic and the newspapers rarely remind us of such occasions. It's not so unusual as the 150th anniversary of Ghadar had also passed two years back with barely a few seminars and functions to speak of.

Illustrations:
[1. Stamp on Tatya Tope
2. The other photograph shows the letter written by Tatya's armymen from Kalpi informing him about their victory over East India Company's forces
3. Pencil sketch of Tatya Tope that was drawn just before he was hanged in Shivpuri. ]

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am a normal Indian who wants to believe that all Indians want to live peacefully. Religion of a person never figured in the way that I identify a person except that they have fancy names or different names from what I am used to. Whenever there is an allegation against any religion that they are trying to destroy some one else, I desperately search web for any article that shows people do want to live peacefully. Your blog is some sort of relief.

I am really horrified to see what is happenning in Pakistan. It might be their problem and not Indias business. The fact remains that Pakistan is India's neighbouring country. Everyday I read artciles that democracy is against the religion and some strange name law should be implemented. Very soon democracy will be abolished in Pakistan etc. Pakistan is not far from India and India's stance on Pakistan is too soft. The belief is that Muslims in India dont vote if India goes for war in Pakistan. What does it take on earth to make Indian government to believe that it is perfectly OK to go for war or to have very harsh stand on the countries such encourage barbarian laws?

harini calamur said...

thank you for the post
reminds me of that lata song ' jo shaheed huve hai unke yaad karo qurbaani"

Yuyutsu said...

Excellent article Adnan - true, the only news media seems to care about these days is IPL and Bollywood (and of course, horoscopes, astrology and Saas-Bahu serials -- have u seen them as special segments within news?)

But then, media sells what the 'masses' want and I think it is a sad reflection of our society that we remember birthdays of stars, cricketers but forget important historical events.

Also, there is a small typo in your post - Tantya Sahib was born in 1814 (you seem to have mistyped it).

Anonymous said...

Good post. We should remember our real heroes. We owe them a lot.
Mazhar, Abu Dhabi

Mimi said...

God bless these freedom fighters, without there sacrifices we would still be slaves.

@ anonymous
I am a Pakistani and I think the newspapers around the world and some even in Pakistan are highly exaggerated. On top of that when someone says 'Stop exaggerating' they say 'you are in denial'. Yes we have problems but Alhamdullilah not 'out of control'. The US has very successfully put the whole spotlight on Pakistan to cover up there own failures in Afghanistan.

The fake Taliban (TTP) are inserted into Pakistani territories by foreign agencies.

In July last year, Pakistan’s military leadership confronted senior CIA and U.S. military commanders with evidence showing Washington indirectly protecting anti-Pakistan terrorists on the ground. A newspaper broke that story on Aug. 5, 2008, with a front page headline, ‘US told not to back terrorism against Pakistan’. If I say even India is involved in terrorist activities within Pakistan you wouldn't accept it coming from a Pakistani but did any Indian or foreign media mention that Afghan Government’s Advisor, Ehsanullah Aryanzai said “India is using Afghan soil to destabilize Pakistan and Afghan security agencies are unable to stop Indian intervention due to absence of centralized government mechanism”.

The only Taliban are the 'Afghan Taliban', did you know Mullah Omar the head of Afghani Taliban has said 'We don't know who these Pakistani Taliban are, they are spoiling our name, we don't have time off from fighting Americans.'

The Americans are worried about Taliban in Pakistan (who are amazingly working in US interest killing innocent Pakistani civilians, army men and police men) but why aren't they worried about the real Afghan Taliban who are in total control of area 60km away from Kabul.

The 'real' Sharia law is not any barbaric law but the media has created so much Islamphobia that people fear anything which is connected with Islam is 'harsh'. Do yo know Sharia law even says give all the extra money you have to charity, it is mandatory for every Muslim to feed the hungry but of course such things will never be mentioned in the mainstream media!

Amitabh said...

Miss/ Mr. Mimi,
Fact is Pakistan is a terrorist state and pl don't deny it. You have been spreading terror not only in India but all over the world. Your ISI has been indulging in Kashmir/ Mumbai attack, Delhi n Gujarat Bomb blasts. Seems like you are behaving like a 5 year old kid who has failed in his exam and now blaming everyone except himself for his performance. You will, n I wish, go down and history won’t remember you. If you would be serious about the tackling the terrorism then you would not have arrested innocent Indian Sarbjeet Singh. Recently your media and Pakistani people have accused India for some blast but after few days Pakistani Taliban has accepted that they have done that.

I have seen lots of videos on youtube and there is one this guy Zaid Hamid who just blame India and west for everything happened in Pakistan. The things he said are out of the world. I don’t from where he gets these statistics but I am sure he, the Joker - because he makes me laugh, has know idea what he is talking about. He is keep on telling Indian lets meet at Panipat pl tell him that I am waiting. There is lot of video clip of Pakistani media on Mumbai attack and Sri Lanka cricket team attack and I laugh at you for your intelligent reporting. You guys have ever go to schools or let me put it this way Do you have schools? Here school doesn’t mean terrorist camps, I know this is the only product you manufacture, School means where you read books, become a good human being.

Anonymous said...

Mimi,

I really hope that what you are telling about that law is true. Again I tell that since Pakistan is not a secular state(It declared itself as a Muslim country), other people are living there by their choice. Though it hurts me intensely that people of other religions in Pakistan will suffer or disagree with the religious based law, I wonder if their say is going to have any power because Pakistan never said that it is a secular country.

I am concerned with Indians getting impacted or getting influnced with what is happenning in Pakistan. If they also start demanding such kind of rules, it will be another serious cause of concern for us.

The fact is that there is decent support from Indians for the attacks that were coundcted on India. Support could be minimal but it is definitely there. It is not a pretext to blame every Indian Muslim but support is there from the community. What is the guarantee that there will not be support for this kind of religious based laws in India? Women have broken their shackles in last three or four decades. Again if such restrictions come, it is a scary thought.

Sandeep Monga said...

Excellent post,keep writing mor of these so that at least we can be reminded of these great freedom fighters & tell our children the same.

Pinku said...

Bhai thanks for a lovely post reminding us of the heroes we have had and have carelessly forgotten.

Also it was wonderful to read the anonymous comment (the first one) such thoughts really give hope..

Anonymous said...

to all the war mongers.... Please go and fight for yourself. Army is there to protect the nation alright but the jawans are not there to die just coz u want a war. Have some common sense. In today's world u can not be victorious in an outlawed place like Afghanistan whose economy is nothing but dead rubber!!

What makes u think attacking pakistan is the Solution or that they wont retaliate. U want a fight. sure go to the border and buy a fight for urself. Dont drag the nation into it.war is too complicated a thing and often the best solutions are much simpler. Think simple and think smart!!

Mimi said...

@ Amitabh
Fact is even that even India has a lot of unfit organistaions. Is Dawood Ibrahim Pakistani, Is modi Pakistani, Is babu bajrangi Pakistani, is Gen Purohit Pakistani, were Pakistanis who assasinated Indira Gandhi? Is varun gandhi pakistani? Arundhati roy has mentioned that LTTE was trained by Indian army during Indira gandhi's rule.I knew you would hate it coming from any Pakistani that RAW is involved in destabilising Pakistan that is why I wrote Afghan advisor's statement. Talking about sarabjeet don't make me remind you Ramchand a Pakistani 7-8 yr old boy who accidently crossed into India and was severly tortured by Indian police along with his father. You behave more like a 2Yr old who has flunked in his exams!

As for Pakistan going down or if you think India will take it down or any other country, let me remind you Pakistan is 'nuclear' power and when two nuclear countries fight...There is no winner, there is destruction on both sides!

Talking about media, Please don't make me remind you what all your channels do in fact MJ Akbar has even called Indian media immature, you talk about Zaid Hamid who comes on just one channel. Just have a look at Star news or zee news. I mean, who could forget the little cartoons indian channels were playing of players in green shirts murdering bob woolmer - before the investigation was even over? Thats just one example and there are thousands, on a daily basis. Trust me even I laugh at your intelligent reporting!!


@ Anonymous
Rascism is on both sides India and Pakistan. Indian newspapers publish about Pakistani Hindus discrimination and Pakistani newspapers on Indian muslim. As for having power there are alot of Pakistani hindus who are doing really well, they have businesses and are doing well compared to Christians and even some muslims in Pak. Like some Indian muslims are billionaires and some are below poverty line.

Trust me most Pakistanis have no problem with common Indians it's just the hawks and the extremists we hate who than again are on both sides.

Amitabh said...

Hey!
Do you know Taliban is just 60 km away from Islamabad?
Do you know Pakistan’s Swat region is now a free state where Pakistan’s rule doesn’t apply?
Do you know Pakistan will be a failed state much before we expected?
Do you know Dawood Ibrahim is in Karachi and with the help of ISI trying destabilize India?
Do you know all the terror group within India has getting help from I.S.I.?
Do you know what India is doing in Pakistan called pre-emptive actions?
Do you know terrorist attacks from all over the world has direct link to Pakistan?
Do you know Pakistan is an International Migraine?
Do you know your Nuclear Scientist AQ khan has betrayed your country or can we say he doesn’t
share his profit from Nuclear Proliferation with Pakistan?
Do you know Your Nuclear weapons is not in your hand?
Do you know India can beat Pakistan anytime, anywhere n anyway whichever way you like?
Do you know before you blink your eyes Pakistan will be history?
Do you know your nuclear weapon doesn’t work?
So my dear friend saves your country before it’s tooooo late….

FYI.... India is taking strict action against all the terrorist organization or who ever involved in terror activity within itself. General Purohit and I.M. terrorist are the good examples.

Anonymous said...

Mimi,

As I told, I really hope that everybody comes out of these restrictions or divisions they created for themselves and look at world and people with an open mind without out prejudices. I wish that people put their energy in getting good education and doing something good for their families and communities. This is far from real and I will leave it at that.

Good point rasied by anon that our army's life is too precious and valuable. Agreed. Point taken.

Anonymous said...

Hey Amitabh

why cant u put ne argument in a decent manner??
What makes u think their Nuclear weapon wont work??

@ Mimi

Please dont talk about Dawood Ibrahim. The world knows he is in Pakistan u know it I know it. As far as his being Indian is concerned well i believe u must be familiar with the word Desh-Drohi ' The one who betrays the Nation'

And yes India does things in Pakistan sure but on a much smaller scale and that too only as a measure of retaliation. You people started it in J&K with the most stupid of arguments in place.

The saying ki Jinke ghar kaanch ke hote hai wo dossron ke ghar pe patthar nahi maarte goes well for your country.

I told you think smart. For a change you can just let us know if you agree with the thoughts of people like Zaid Hamid who would even blame India for his sick Dog. For tell you what we dont give a damm to what Indian news channels tell us. I prefer BBC and CNN anyday to the crap that is ZEE NDTV and CNN-IBN!!

indscribe said...

Thanks Anon, Harini, Azhar, Mimi.

And of course, Yuyutsu, for pointing out the typo.

Amitabh ji: Don't you think you are talking more like a jingoist than a patriot, and throwing questions as if a politician is giving a speech. You can put your point across even if you are not aggressive.

Mimi said...

@ Amitabh
After reading your statements I think you either live on Mars or have been brainwashed so much that you can ignore all facts or are acting like a frustrated kid throwing a tantrum.

Taliban 60 km away from Islamabad have moved away. But do you know Hindu extremists are sitting inside your parliament??

Swat region has been having sharia law for the past 200 years, after some years Pakistani government bought the courts into that region after that the cases which they used to solve in 5-10 mins started taking 5-10 years and since 1997 they started saying we want the sharia law back. Why didn't the foreign media publicize it so much than?

What makes you think Pakistan's nuclear weapon doesn't work and is not even in our hands? If that was the case India would've attacked Pakistan long time back, one of India's general has even said 'We didn't attack Pakistan in 2002 because it is a nuclear power'.

Indians say Pakistan's ISI is funding Dawood Ibrahim. But when we say Indian's funded Akbar Bughti ruthless landlord who started the 'Baloch seperatist movement' you will have a problem. FYI India was the first country to condemn his killing after an army operation.

Pakistan training terrorists. Please see what Hindu extremists are teaching in India. Type "Indian's hatred against Pakistan" on youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cx9EoHNkPNM&feature=related

Do you know four charity organistions in the UK have been exposed, they call themselves Charity organistaions but they were funding Hindu extremists in India?

Pakistan has arrested 11 Al Qaeda most-wanted leaders and handed them over to the US. If Pakistan wasn't taking strict action than Pakistan wouldn't have captured the most number of terrorists and handed them over to US.
Over 2000 Pakistani army men wouldn't have died, over 2000 civilians wouldn't have died in just 2 years.

@ Anonymous
Please don't forget the history who was behind the break up of Pakistan in 1971? RAW! Even the international media has acknowledged that. What was India retaliating about than?

Zaid Hamid blaming everything on India. He's just an average guy/analyst. But your politicians have a history of blaming each and everything on Pakistan without any proof.

**The saying ki Jinke ghar kaanch ke hote hai wo dossron ke ghar pe patthar nahi maarte goes well for your country as well.**

Pakistan is not a perfect country and neither is India, as you said. We should focus on our real problems Unemployment, poverty, electricity problems, terror organistaions etc and work towards them rathar than wasting time pointing fingers at each other.

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Amitabh said...

Response

Mimi:- Taliban 60 km away from Islamabad have moved away. But do you know Hindu extremists are sitting inside your parliament??

. Amitabh: - Our Hindu extremists are far better than your normal Pakistani. .Swat region has been having sharia law for the past 200 years, after some years Pakistani government bought the courts into that region after that the cases which they used to solve in 5-10 mins started taking 5-10 years and since 1997 they started saying we want the sharia law back. Why didn't the foreign media publicize it so much than?

. Amitabh:- Oh!! 5-10 justice mean “kill that person who has killed yours”.. yunh.. stone age.. .What makes you think Pakistan's nuclear weapon doesn't work and is not even in our hands? If that was the case India would've attacked Pakistan long time back, one of India's general has even said 'We didn't attack Pakistan in 2002 because it is a nuclear power'.

. Amitabh:- Second hand thing doesn’t work… .Indians say Pakistan's ISI is funding Dawood Ibrahim. But when we say Indian's funded Akbar Bughti ruthless landlord who started the 'Baloch seperatist movement' you will have a problem. FYI India was the first country to condemn his killing after an army operation.

. Amitabh:- Bughti was fighting for the rights of all those Muslims who had gone to Pakistan during partition .Pakistan training terrorists. Please see what Hindu extremists are teaching in India. Type "Indian's hatred against Pakistan" on youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cx9EoHNkPNM&feature=related

. Amitabh:- Saw that.. don’t worry they won’t harm you….Do you know four charity organistions in the UK have been exposed, they call themselves Charity organistaions but they were funding Hindu extremists in India?

. Amitabh:- First of all there is no Hindu extremist organization in India. All are benevolent organization working under Indian constitutional rights. .Pakistan has arrested 11 Al Qaeda most-wanted leaders and handed them over to the US. If Pakistan wasn't taking strict action than Pakistan wouldn't have captured the most number of terrorists and handed them over to US.
Over 2000 Pakistani army men wouldn't have died, over 2000 civilians wouldn't have died in just 2 years.

Amitabh:- After America’s arm twisting only.

Mimi said...

@ Amitabh

Your lack of knowledge shows in your answers!

Amitabh: - Our Hindu extremists are far better than your normal Pakistani

**You justify the killings of innocent people by saying they are better than yours? How much lower can you go?

Amitabh:- Oh!! 5-10 justice mean “kill that person who has killed yours”.. yunh.. stone age..

** If someone God forbid kills your family member. Won't you go to court to get that person hanged? It's the same way in sharia get witness, person is convicted and than he's killed!

Amitabh:- Second hand thing doesn’t work

** Please give the source from where you found out Pakistan's nuclear is second hand!

Amitabh:- Bughti was fighting for the rights of all those Muslims who had gone to Pakistan during partition

** Your lack of knowledge is visible here AGAIN. bughti was not at all fighting for any such cause, he built his army, worked as a minister twice, got crores from government didn't let anyone build school in balochistan. In an interview he said balochis have no rights and weren't treated equally when the host interrupted him and said you get crores from the government he answered by saying that is for ME. He forced people to join the baloch freedom movement and if they didn't the whole family's head were shaved and they were humiliated in front of everyone and killed! Akbar Bughti's brother was even against him!

Amitabh:- Saw that.. don’t worry they won’t harm you

** If that would have been done by Pakistanis or a muslim than I would've seen how you react!

Amitabh:- First of all there is no Hindu extremist organization in India. All are benevolent organization working under Indian constitutional rights.

**No hindu extremist group??!! (Even though in the first answer you said "our extremist hindus are far better than your normal pakistani") Could you please explain to me what does RSS,VHP and the Bajrang dal do?

Anonymous said...

@ Amitabh
I am a Hindu and u really do let me down with the extent of ur stupidity.

I would rqst the Administrator to never ever publish his post again coz this guy lacks common sense. Pakistan exports Terrorism. It is the leading producer of the same whether internally funded or externally the raw material is Pakistani. But this idiot when he talks about RSS and VHO being benevolent organization makes me feel like kicking him in the *****.

He is obviously insane and doesn't have what it takes to enter into any rational argument. High time u get ur act together. u belong to the likes of NON-HINDUS that are RSS and VHP. they let us down in the country and u on this social forum.

You are pathetic!!!

SACHIN

Anonymous said...

@ Sachin

Pakistan is the biggest exporter of terrorism? Please read the history of RAW's acts in the sub continent than you'll know who is the biggest exporter of terrorism!

Anonymous said...

mr amitabh seems to be a kid lost in fanaticism.let him say,whatever he wants to.at least he is providing some stuff to laugh at.keep it up amitabh,i am with you.

Raza Rumi said...

Brilliant..thanks for this article. This is why the new media is important and fills in an important role of saying what the corporate, sold out media cannot!
RR

Anonymous said...

dear friends
leave the foreign affairs to the parlimentarians to decide as far as india is concered who is the policy makers of India, RSS , Shiv Sena , and Bajrand dal are policy makers , gov have get prior permission from them before going to engage what is agenda etc, IPL the shiv sena threat, sena means army, if a muslim organisation found that name like lashker then it is terror outfit what kind of ideology they destroyed Babri masjid no punishment, Gujrat 3000 muslims mascared by government sponsored terrorist how and when the indian muslims wake up

Ishaan Sarkar said...

It is because of these freedom fighters that we have freedom today.Shame for indian people who are taking teir life granted and dont think about the greatest indian people who struggled to wipe out FIRANGIS from our country.I pay respect to all nationalist heroes of our country and so should you not only by keeping respect in our mind but by showing it in front of people and learning from them and keeping the flame of patriotism alive so that no one from forein territory dares to rule our motherland in future.

Anonymous said...

Although Tatya Tope may have been a formidable general, he also played a part in the murder of defenceless British and Anglo Indian women and children prisoners in Kapur.

While some might argue that this act should not be judged by modern day sensibilities, but the fact that the sepoys under his own command refused to fire on the prisoners shows that even by the standards of the time this was considered an evil act. He called these sepoys "cowards".

I believe that an act of murdering innocent women and children can only be only be condoned in the mind of a fanatic, even in 1857.

I grant that this is only a small part of the Tatya Tope story, and that it shouldn't stop people regarding this man as a hero for his other actions.

However, I do find it strange and inappropriate that his bust should have been erected over the well in Kanpur where the bodies of the murdered women and children were dumped? Is that not akin to rasing a statue of Reginald Dyer in Jallianwala Bagh?

Anonymous said...

When iam in fifth standard,i read about rani laxmibai and tatya tope,at that time ..i think...oh these guys are freedom fighters ..just like gandhi and other leaders......
Today iam 30 years old ....know i know the value of these great peoples.....they fought for us......today we are sitting in our homes.. and enjoying in front of our t.v sets .....because of these peoples.......we are free because of them.....and we are just thinking about bollywood actress's ass....hole ,and their figure......shame on us .....today only few peoples know the name of that guy who shoot g.dyer...(udham singh)
Peoples are intrested in salmaan khan amir khan and others......shame ...great shame........it is the duty of our parents to teach us about this ..........but todays parents
Are intrested to take their daughter to a d grade dance school ,near a pan shop...and give special fees to a d grade teacher....ans instruct him ...teach full dance steps of.....chikini chameli......to my daughter within one week...great shame.

Anonymous said...

For most of history, the people of modern Pakistan and India have shared the same history. The Khyber pass was considered the furthermost frontier.

Chankya was from Takshashila (modern Taxila in Pak) and it was an important cultural Center.

While its natural to remember recent events such as partition more strongly, culturally speaking are we that different?

Most people who've studied in the west would tell you that they've had friendly encounters with "people across the border" since the culture of the rest of the population there is so alien. South Asians share such a long history that it's better for us to go beyond Indian, Bangladeshi, Sinhalese, Pakistani and think of ourselves as South Asian.

If you look at western media today, such as BBC, you will find that they find it easier to refer to us as South Asian.

It's a self-demeaning when we bring down each other while we have our hands full in trying to create enough jobs for our people so that families can be secure. South Asians can regain their glory only if they are willing to bury their differences and learn from the twin economic leaders - The Americans and the Chinese - who by the way - are shrewdly making the most economic benefits of our differences. And I don't blame them either... History teaches us to find opportunities to improve the conditions of our own people - and that's what they are doing :)

-Vasudevakutumbakam (OneWorld)