On this Day in History

On 8th August 1942, Mahatma Gandhi launched the Quit India Movement for freedom from British rule in Mumbai (then Bombay).   The Quit India Movement, also known as the August Movement was a Civil Disobedience Movement launched by Gandhi for Satyagraha (independence).   The movement was accompanied by a mass protest on non-violent lines, in which Gandhi called for “an... Read More →
  On 7th August 1941, India’s Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore passed away in Kolkata, West Bengal. He was the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913.   Tagore was known not just as a writer, but also as a poet, philosopher, painter, educator and social reformer who has been credited with changing the landscape of literature... Read More →
  On 6th August Surendranath Banerji, one of India’s earliest political leaders during colonial rule, passed away.   Surendranath Banerji is considered as one of the founders of modern India. Banerji was also the founder of one of India’s first political organization, the Indian National Association and eventually became a senior leader of the Indian National Congress. Surendranath Banerji was... Read More →
  On 5th August 1991, Justice Leila Seth became the first Indian woman Chief Justice of a state High Court. She was also the first woman judge of the Delhi High Court.   Leila Seth was born in October 1930 in Lucknow and was the first woman to top the London Bar exam and joined the Bar in 1959. In... Read More →
  On 4th August 1929, popular Bollywood actor and playback singer Kishore Kumar was born.   Kishore Kumar was born as Abhas Kumar Ganguly in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh. His father was a lawyer and his mother belonged to a wealthy Bengali family. Kishore Kumar’s brothers Ashok Kumar and Anoop Kumar were also Bollywood actors. In the company of his brothers,... Read More →
  On 3 August 1998 India fired its most sophisticated medium range surface-to-air missile named Akash (which means sky) from a test range at Chandipur on sea.   Akash was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Ordnance Factories Board and Bharat Electronics. In 1990 the first test flight of Akash was conducted with development flights up to... Read More →
  On 2nd August 1858 the Parliament passed a bill to take over the administration of India from the East Indian Company by the British Crown. The title of Viceroy was introduced for the supreme representation of the British Government in India.   The provision of this bill called for the dissolution of the British East India Company that was... Read More →
  On 1 August 1916, Annie Besant launched the Home Rule League.   Annie Besant was a British theosophist, women’s right’s activist, writer and orator who supported Indian and Irish home rule. Born in London on 1 October 1847, to a middle-class Irish family, Annie Besant was extremely aware of her Irish heritage from young age and supported the cause... Read More →
  On 31 July 1880 one of India’s most popular Hindi writers, Premchand was born.   Born as Dhanpat Rai in Lamhi, a small village near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Premchand lost his mother when he was very young. Premchand’s father was a village accountant. Following his mother’s death; he was raised by his grandmother who passed away soon after. Following... Read More →
  On 30 July 1973, famous Bollywood playback singer Sonu Nigam was born in Faridabad, Haryana.   Nigam is one of Bollywood’s most popular and sought after singers today and began singing since he was four years old, accompanying his father Agam Kumar Nigam on stage singing Mohammad Rafi’s popular “Kya hua tera vaada”. Trained by famous Hindustani classical music... Read More →
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Which States Share Boundary with China? India, in total, shares land borders with 6 sovereign countries. China is one of those. Below are the Indian states which share borders with the country. 1. Jammu and Kashmir This northern state of India is mostly located in the Himalayan mountains. It shares a… Read More...
Which States Share Boundaries with Pakistan? There are four states that share a border with Pakistan, namely, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. The India Pakistan Border is quite intriguing. Since India has installed 1,50,000 flood lights on… Read More...
Which Places in India Still Largely Speak Sanskrit? Sanskrit is considered as Dev Bhasha, the language of Gods. It has a history of around 3500 years. It used to be a primary language of ancient India. Its earliest form Vedic Sanskrit, was prevalent from 1500 500 BCE. However, it is fading… Read More...

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