Tamil Nadu Sculptures Recovered From Australia, US

Tamil Nadu Sculptures Recovered From Australia, US

Context: Recently, Ten antiquities (sculptures) retrieved from Australia and the United States were handed over to the Government of Tamil Nadu in Delhi Relevance: GS I- History, Prelims Some of the returned antiquities, and how they had gone missing: Dvarapala:  Retrieved in 2020 from Australia, this stone sculpture belongs to the Vijayanagar dynasty dating to […]

About Sant Kabir

ABout Sant Kabir

Context: Recently, President  inaugurated the Sant Kabir Academy and Research Centre Swadesh Darshan Yojana and paid tribute to the Bhakti saint, Kabir at Maghar (Uttar Pradesh). According to legends, Kabir is said to have departed from the mortal world in Maghar. Relevance: GS I- Indian History Dimensions of the Article: About Sant Kabir: The Bhakti […]

Veer Savarkar

Veer Savarkar

Focus: GS I- Important Personalities Why In News? On 28th May, India paid tribute to the freedom fighter, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (Veer Savarkar) on his birth anniversary. Vinayak Damodar Savarkar  Period: 28 May 1883 – 26 February 1966 Cause of Death: Fasting (Sallekhana Prayopavesa) He was commonly known as Veer Savarkar (“brave” in his native Marathi language) He was an Indian independence activist, […]

The Azerbaijan-Armenia Conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh Enclave

The Azerbaijan-Armenia Conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh Enclave

Context: Recently, Armenia’s Prime Minister and Azerbaijan’s President announced that their respective countries would be setting up border security and delimitation commissions, signalling a step towards resolution of a decades-long conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh Enclave. Relevance: Prelims, GS-II: International Relations (Important Foreign Policies and Developments), GS-I Geography (Maps), GS-I: History (World History) Dimensions of the […]

Prithviraj Chauhan Controversy

Prithviraj Chauhan Controversy

Context: There is controversy around a new Akshay Kumar film called ‘Prithviraj’, with both the Gujjar and Rajput communities of Rajasthan laying claim over the 12th century king. Relevance: GS I- History Dimensions of the Article: Why in News? Prithviraj of legend History of Prithviraj How do medieval texts describe the reign of Prithviraj? Version of ‘Prithviraj Raso’ […]

Qutub Minar Not a Place of Worship

Qutub Minar Not a Place of Worship

Context: The Qutub Minar complex is not a place of worship and its character cannot be changed now, the Archaeological Survey of India submitted in a Delhi Court while opposing a plea challenging the dismissal of a civil suit seeking “restoration” of temples on the premises. Relevance: GS I- History Dimensions of the Article: Why […]

Raja Ram Mohan Roy

Raja Ram Mohan Roy

Context: Under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM), the Ministry of Culture held inaugural ceremony to commemorate the year long celebration of the 250th Birth Anniversary of  Raja Ram Mohan Roy from today in Kolkata. It will continue till next year 22nd May.  Relevance: GS I- Personalities in News Dimensions of the Article: […]

Vadnagar Buddhism Ties

Vadnagar Buddhism Ties

Context: On the occasion of Buddha Purnima, Prime Minister declared in Lumbini that his birthplace of Vadnagar in Gujarat’s Mehsana district had been a renowned centre for Buddhist learning centuries ago. Relevance: GS I- History Dimensions of the Article: Vadnagar’s ties with Buddhism Places associated with the life of Buddha Vadnagar’s ties with Buddhism The […]

Buddha Purnima

Focus: GS I- History Why in News? Prime Minister attended the 2566th Buddha Jayanti Celebration at International Convention Center and Meditation Hall at Lumbini, Nepal. About Gautama Buddha: He was born in Lumbini, near the Indo-Nepal border, as Siddhartha Gautama to a royal family in around 563 BCE. His ancestors belonged to the Sakya clan, […]

About Taj Mahal

About Taj Mahal

Context: Recently, Allahabad High Court dismissed a petition filed by BJP leader asking for a fact-finding panel to establish “the real History of Taj Mahal”, and for more than 20 sealed “rooms” to be opened to look for the possible presence of idols of Hindu gods on the premises of the monument. Relevance: GS II- […]