Episode 2: The Foundation of the Indian National Congress: A Narrative

 The Indian National Congress (INC) is the oldest political party in India. It was formed in the year 1885, with A. O Hume, William Wedderburn, W.C. Bonnerjee, Surendranath Banerjea, Monomohun Ghose, Lalmohan Ghosh, Badruddin Tyabji, M.G. Ranade, Dadabhai Naoroji, Dinshaw Wacha and Pherozeshah Mehta as the founding members. W.C. Bonnerjee was selected as the first president of the INC.  Now, the founding committee of the INC comprised of two English men of the highest bureaucracy of the then British India Government, it does seem rather odd right? Well, let me narrate to you the circumstances and the situation of the country and the foundation scenario of the INC.   The foundation of the INC was no sudden or a historical accident. It was a culmination of a series of political awakenings in the 1860s, 1870s and it took a major leap in the late 1870s and early 1880s. As this political activity took shape and gathered force, the prospects of disloyalty, sedition and Irish-type agitations

Episode 1 - 1857: The First War of Indian Independence

The First War of Indian Independence a.k.a The Sepoy Revolt or The Revolt of 1857 is one of the most motivating wars of all time. However, we, as citizens of the country rarely remember the History of that era or even if we remember, we do not know the stories that aren't narrated to the general public.  Although the country was in distress, there were about 40 major resistances that occurred between the year 1757 to 1857, apart from the 100 or so minor incidents. On 11th May, 1857, an situation arose in the town of Meerut. A company of Sepoy's of the British Indian Army defied their European masters and ended up killing them. After this, the sepoys marched towards Delhi, raided it and entered the Red Fort. Here, they met with Bahadur Shah II, who was the then pensioner under the British East India Company.  Bahadur Shah II was taken surprise when he saw the sepoys. The sepoys asked Bahadur Shah II to reclaim the Delhi Dynasty and lead the revolt against the British. However, B

Indian History - A Perspective - E0

What is History? History is the study of past events (mostly human) that has implications on the present and on the future. The word History is derived from the Greek word ‘Histor’ - meaning learned, wise man. History helps us in understanding the human past & the decisions, that were made due to prevailing circumstances. Decisions made in the past have an impact on the present and to a large degree on the future. However, most History that we know is either a written script or an oral communication. Being Human means having the power to think, to reason, to experience and to have an individual perception on matters and situations. Hence, history is not free from the chains of bias and perception. This does not mean that History is not factual. Gathering a collective consensus on various perspectives will help boil and narrow us down to the factual matters of history. Indian History - Brief: The Indian struggle for freedom is one of the most interesting & motivating chapters in