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Pazhaverkadu: The Untold story

Pulicat (Pazhaverkadu) is historically a remarkable place, an abode for Portuguese, Dutch, the Cholas, Vijayanagar, Arabs and finally the British.

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Paniyas : The unknown untouchables

Numerically the Paniyars form the largest single tribe in Kerala

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SHAKTHI

A Documentary on Pulayan Tribes of Anaimalai Hills

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Fall of Ottoman Empire

At its peak in the 1500s, the Ottoman Empire was one of the biggest military and economic powers in the world, controlling an expanse that included not just its base in Asia Minor but also much of southeastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The empire controlled territory that stretched from the Danube to the Nile, with […]

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Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881-1938) was an army officer who founded an independent Republic of Turkey out of the ruins of the Ottoman Empire. He then served as Turkey’s first president from 1923 until his death in 1938, implementing reforms that rapidly secularized and westernized the country. Under his leadership, the role of Islam in public […]

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Origins and Falloff the Ottoman Empire

The Ottoman Empire was one of the mightiest and longest-lasting dynasties in world history. This Islamic-run superpower ruled large areas of the Middle East, Eastern Europe and North Africa for more than 600 years. The chief leader, known as the Sultan, was given absolute religious and political authority over his people. While Western Europeans generally […]

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Causes for the Decline of the Mughal Empire

Beginning of the decline of the Mughal Empire can be traced to the strong rule of Aurangzeb. Aurangzeb inherited a large empire, yet he adopted a policy of extending it further to the farthest geographical limits in the south at the great expense of men and materials. Political Cause In reality, the existing means of […]

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Causes for the Decline of the Mughal Empire

War of succession: Due to fight between brothers for throne and consequent politics led to weakening of mughal hold on administration.2) Aurangzeb’s religious Policies: Religious fanaticism of Aurangzeb led to unity among Hindu which were divided on account of policy of inclusion of Akbar.3) Weak Successors of Aurangzeb: After the death of Aurangzeb in 1707, […]

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The arrival of the Europeans

Advent of European Commerce The Portuguese were the first to discover a direct sea route to India. It was on May 20, 1498, that Portuguese sailor, Vasco da Gama arrived at Calicut. King Zamorin, the local rule welcomed him and gave him a lot of higher privileges. He stayed in India for around three months. […]

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Art and Architecture

Mughal architecture Mughal architecture, building style that flourished in northern and central India under the patronage of the Mughal emperors from the mid-16th to the late 17th century. The Mughal period marked a striking revival of Islamic architecture in northern India. Under the patronage of the Mughal emperors, Persian, Indian, and various provincial styles were fused to produce works […]

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Bhakthi Movement

This verse is notable for the use of the word Bhakti, and has been widely cited as among the earliest mentions of “the love of God”. Bhakti means an emotional devotion to one’s personal God. The Bhakti movement swept across medieval India and most of the Bhakti poets sang with loving devotion to Rama and […]

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Deccan Policy of Aurangzeb

Shivaji’s first struggle with the Mughals was 1656 AD. Then it started when Shivaji attacked Ahmednagar and Junnar Fort. Aurangzeb in 1660 AD In the south of Mughal subedar Shaista Khan sent to invade Shivaji. Shaista Khan took over the forts of Poona, Shivpura and Chakan. 1663 AD In Shivaji, secretly attacked the castle of Shaista Khan at Poona […]

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Religious Policy of Aurangzeb

Aurangzeb was a staunch conservative Sunni Muslim, he considered the importance of Islam as the basis of his rule to the Qur’an (Shariat). 1559 AD In Aurangzeb, many Ordinances have been circulated for the reorganization of the rules of Islamic conduct according to the laws of the Quran. Aurangzeb’s main goal was to make this country (India) as Dar-ul-Herb (the land […]

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