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Hello world,

My name is not Monster Truck II and I was not born in 1920. But here is something about me that I feel comfortable sharing. I studied physics and computer science at college and enjoy reading (history, politics, and economics) and listening to music.

Here is my bookshelf:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/20250758-monster?order=a&shelf=non-fiction&sort=position


Aug
26
comment When did Germany begin to store it's gold deposits abroad?
@LennartRegebro is correct to question both ;)
Aug
25
comment Did Russia help India arm itself with nuclear weapons?
@LennartRegebro Is this when Indian scientists toured a Russian facility?
Aug
25
comment Did Russia help India arm itself with nuclear weapons?
Where did you gather this from? India's weapon development seems to be mostly done at home (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smiling_Buddha).
Aug
18
comment How do we know the oldest New Testament manuscripts are copies?
kojiro, As @PieterGeerkens pointed out reasons differ for different manuscripts in question. In the current format, however, this question will not get good answers here. Most answers will be too long and would add hardly anything that wikipedia does not cover. I respect your question very much and would request that you post it for some specific manuscripts so that we can answer it in a concise manner. Just to be clear, this question is not off topic. It is just too broad.
Aug
13
comment Buddha in Ardha-Naarishvara sculpture in Badami Cave temples?
Tell me you didn't know this of the top of your head.
Aug
12
comment Which figure is this a statue of?
Should this question be rephrased to refer to Ocean's Eleven so that it can come up on search engines?
Aug
11
comment At what point did mapmaking begin to accurately reflect what we now know about the earth?
+1 for triangulation.
Aug
11
comment Why were there more Muslims in East Bengal than in West Bengal
No Lennart. I am afraid you misunderstand me. I am saying that more Muslims were agriculturists because of the social conditions prevalent in the regions around circa 16th century (when Nawab rule began) and they gradually started to get concentrated in the Eastern side because the conditions were fertile there. Whether they moved there or were forced to move there we cannot say. What we do know is that at least during one point in the history Bengali Muslims were indeed moved to yet another region of India --Assam. And for precisely the same reason --agriculture (this time tea).
Aug
11
comment Why were there more Muslims in East Bengal than in West Bengal
LennartRegebro, @PieterGeerkens Of course not. I am saying that at the time most agriculturists were Muslim. That statement by itself does not imply that they invented agriculture. Merely that there happened to be more Muslim agriculturists than non-Muslim agriculturists at the time of partition. Even now in rural India many occupations are still heavily segregated based on religion (let alone caste).
Aug
11
comment Why were there more Muslims in East Bengal than in West Bengal
Could it have been that the agriculturists had a better chance of prospering in the rich Eastern delta than the semi-arid Western regions? And could it have been that at that time most agriculturists were Muslim (one of the cited reasons for Curzon's partition)?
Aug
10
comment What evidence supports the claim that Shivaji's father was Muslim?
In its current form I think this answer is good enough. I think that last two points greatly add to the quality of the argument.
Aug
10
comment Why did France just give up without a major fight in WW2?
I see that the question is wrong factually. However, should we be closing factually incorrect questions instead of answering why they are factually incorrect?
Jul
27
comment Why did Peter the Great crown Catherine I as Empress?
@FelixGoldberg This one is an exceptional case. I will clarify in my post.
Jul
27
comment When and where was salt as valuable as gold?
+1 This does not answer the actual question but does a wonderful job of explaining why salt was so valuable.
Jul
24
comment When were the different stories of Hindu gods written?
edit I guess now my down vote is self explanatory. This is a history SE and we need evidence that is accepted widely by the scientific community. Calculating age from the Hindu Calendar is ok. But believing the fact that the puranas were written on a particular date in that calendar needs more proof. Philological evidence places most puranas during/post Gupta period and a few to around 500 BCE. That makes some of them at most 2000 years old --not 5000 years old. The rigveda has been dated back to 1700 BCE though by some.
Jul
24
comment When were the different stories of Hindu gods written?
@T.E.D. Perhaps this comment should be merged in the main answer.
Jul
24
comment When was the concept of “weekly day off” first introduced in Indian Subcontinent?
@moonstar2001 That is ok. But we are wondering if any of those practises translated into regular weekly holidays. We know that many religious dates were marked as yearly holidays but are debating over the weekly day off per the OP's question.
Jul
24
comment From whom did Gandhi learn his protest technique of non-violence?
Very interesting. I know that the doctrines of karma influenced Buddhism and Jainism and the temple architecture did definitely influence Jain templates but did not know that ahimsa was also a borrowed concept. Do you have any evidence that will prove that "ahimsa paramo dharmaha" is actually a Vedic concept (I believe the term Hindu was not used back then)?
Jul
23
comment When and by whom was the Tirupati Tirumala temple in India built?
Do you mean to say this statue formed all by itself ?
Jul
23
comment When and by whom was the Tirupati Tirumala temple in India built?
Which deity is considered self-formed?