On this Day in History


Mulayam Singh Yadav, a leading player in Indian politics and former defence minister of India, was born on November 22, 1939, in Saifai village of Uttar Pradesh’s Etawah district. The Samajwadi Party founder, known for his shrewd political skills, has served as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh several times.

Trained as a teacher and wrestler, he plunged into politics as… Read More →

On November 21, 1962, after a month of fighting along its border with India, China declared a unilateral ceasefire, bringing to an end the Sino-Indian War.

With tension building on the border areas through 1962, Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on October 12 said that he had instructed the Indian army to drive out “Chinese invaders” from Arunachal Pradesh (earlier… Read More →

The ‘Tiger of Mysore’ Tipu Sultan, who bravely fought the British and was known for introducing innovative administrative schemes and military technology, was born on November 20, 1750, in Devanahalli (around 33 km north of present-day Bengaluru).

Tipu’s father, Hyder Ali, who served as a military officer at the Mysore kingdom, became the most powerful person in Mysore by 1761.… Read More →

The queen of Jhansi, Rani Lakshmibai, who died fighting the British during the 1857 revolt and became a supreme symbol of Indian nationalism, was born on November 19, 1828, in Varanasi (in present day Uttar Pradesh) in a Maharashtrian Brahmin family.

She was named Manikarnika (or Manu, informally). Her mother, Bhagirathi Sapre, died… Read More →

The director of such cinematic classics as ‘Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani’ and ‘Do Aankhen Barah Haath’, Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre, better known as V. Shantaram, was born on November 18, 1901, in Kolhapur, Maharashtra.

As a teenager he did odd jobs like railroad repairs and maintenance work. When he turned 16, to supplement his meagre wages, he took up a… Read More →

Lala Lajpat Rai, renowned Indian nationalist and writer, who was born in Dhudike, Punjab, on January 28, 1865, died on November 17, 1928, after suffering grievous injuries during a lathi-charge carried out by the police.

His father, Radha Krishan, was an Urdu teacher. In 1884 Krishan was transferred to Rohtak, where Rai became the secretary of the Hindu cultural organisation… Read More →

Pullela Gopichand,winner of the All England Open Badminton tournament and a coach and mentor to a new generation of badminton players, was born on November 16, 1973 at Nagandla in Andhra Pradesh’s Prakasam district.

As a child he was interested in cricket but his brother reportedly nudged him towards badminton. During college he captained the combined varsities badminton team in… Read More →

At 5:17 p.m. on January 30, 1948, a 37-year-old Brahmin from Pune bowed before Mohandas Gandhi—one of history’s greatest voices of peace and non-violence—and proceeded to shoot him thrice with a Beretta M 1934 semi-automatic pistol. The Mahatma, who was on his way to address a prayer meeting at New Delhi’s Birla House, died in a few minutes.

After the… Read More →

Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister and one of its founding fathers, was born on November 14, 1889, at Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh) to a Kashmiri Pandit family. Nehru’s father, Motilal, was a prominent barrister and an important figure in the Indian National Congress, serving twice as its president. Nehru’s mother Swaruprani Thussu belonged to Kashmiri family based in… Read More →

Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the founder of the Sikh Empire, was born on November 13, 1780, to Maha Singh and Raj Kaur in Punjab’s Gujranwala area.

He was initially named Buddh Singh but it is said that his father decided to rename him Ranjit (victor in war) as Maha Singh had just defeated the Chattar chieftain in a battle.

During the… Read More →

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Which State is biggest Jute producer? West Bengal is the largest producer of jute in India. India is the largest producer of jute in the world. Approximately 60 percent of the total world produce of jute is cultivated in India… Read More...
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