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Is the photograph "England’s Revenge in India" real, staged, or fake?

It seems to be the painting Suppression of the Indian Revolt by the English, a painting by the Russian artist Vasily Vereshchagin c. 1884 According to the annotation on Wikipedia: It ...
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Why did the UK allow India to be a republic rather than a democratic parliament under the British Monarch?

That's an interesting question. When India first gained independence from the United Kingdom on 15 August 1947 it was as The Dominion of India, with King George VI as king and Head of State. India ...
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Where was gunpowder invented/ discovered?

This confusion is A Thing. I actually looked into it a few weeks back. Its quite likely that ancient Indians were the first people to harvest and make use of saltpeter. We certainly haven't found ...
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Why would anyone from Japan be in Northern India in early 1900s?

There would seem to be quite a number of possibilities, including: Businessmen Japanese business interests in India were extensive between the two world wars. Putting this together with "In the ...
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Did Napoleon plan to invade India?

The answer is a very solid yes although I'd prefer the word Intervene rather than invade. India was one of the key possessions of British and Indian trade was crucial to British economy at that time....
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Is Indus civilization over 8000 years old?

There's a bit of confusion over terms here. The culture that was first excavated at Harrapa, as per the idiom of archeologists, was named "Harrapan" after the first archeological site at ...
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Why didn't invaders of India ever cross into Myanmar and beyond (east)?

The region to east of Bengal is Myanmar. In between them, the Himalayan foothills taper off rather abruptly into the Bay of Bengal. They still form quite a formidable obstacle. Southeast Asia itself ...
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Is the photograph "England’s Revenge in India" real, staged, or fake?

Radio Yerevan reports that: "In principle, yes, the photo is absolutely real. Except, that it isn't a real photo, its name isn't 'England's Revenge in India', and the propaganda book never ...
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Why would anyone from Japan be in Northern India in early 1900s?

(Some) Indians, and (some) Japanese share a common religion, Buddhism. This religion was founded in India in the sixth century B. C.,spread over East Asia, and found its way to Japan in the sixth ...
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Where are the descendants of Mughals today?

No one knows where they are. Professor Aslam Pervez, an historian of Bahadur Shah II's reign and a founding member of the Mughal Trust, told The Daily Telegraph: "There are so many people who ...
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Why did the Portuguese permit an Italian commercial agent to accompany Vasco da Gama on the 4th Portuguese India Armada?

This expedition was financed by the Affaitadi family (they were bankers), of which Matteo de Bergamo was a clerk. It is natural that the investors would ask the da Gama brothers to take one of their ...
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Was Kandhar/Gandhar renamed Afghanistan?

No. The word which appears in Sanskrit ancient tomes is "Gāndhāra". That refers to ancient Kingdom of Gandhara which is now part of North-West Pakistan. It's boundaries included Peshawar Region, ...
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What stopped the British from granting independence to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands?

On 30 June 1947 (one and a half months before the independence of India), there was a discussion in the UK House of Commons about Anglo-Indians and Europeans (alternative link): Mr. Gammons asked ...
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What is the origin of Khans? Is there any link between South Asian Khans and the Mongols?

RI Swamp Yankee has provided a good answer however I find some aspects lacking and some misinformation in the otherwise decent answer. Mongols and Islam When talking about Mongols, one has to ...
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Did India turn down a permanent seat in the UN in 1955?

Late Prime Minister Nehru himself has explicitly stated in Parliament that India was not offered a permanent membership on the UN Security Council. News item from "The Hindu" (dated ...
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Why did Bakht Khan switch sides in Indian War of Independence 1857?

For a possible reason, Encyclopædia Britannica says this about Bakht Khan (emphasis mine): Related on his mother’s side to the ruling house of Oudh (Ayodhya), which was deposed by the British in ...
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Did the emperor Ashoka really build hospitals or is that a myth?

Short Answer The available evidence for hospitals set up on the orders of Ashoka is inconclusive, but several scholars have suggested that it is at least likely that there was some type of hospital, ...
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Who introduced coins in India?

"The first coins in India were minted around the 6th century BC by the Mahajanapadas of the Indo-Gangetic Plain, and certainly before the invasion of Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC. " ...
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Was Winston Churchill really responsible for the 1943 Bengal famine?

tl;dr No, he wasn't, although it might be argued that he might have done more, had he been blessed with the gift of 20/20 hindsight (like his modern critics). Indeed, as the historian Arthur Herman ...
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Why didn't Delhi became part of Pakistan?

Because Delhi was deep within majority Hindu territory. As @MarkC.Wallace pointed out, the partition of India was made along religious lines. Here is a map of pre-partition India by religious ...
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Why did Indira Gandhi lift the Emergency?

The same book 'India after Gandhi' mentions various possible reason for lifting democracy. Though the real reason may remain unknown, I will list the possible reasons: It is said that her ...
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Why were Indians able to free themselves of the European Colonialists unlike South Africans?

Following up on Tom's answer, there is actually a reason there was a large white minority in South Africa, but not in India. The Bantu peoples (of which most living native South Africans are ...
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What percentage of the British Empire's economy was profits from the opium trade?

There is no doubt that opium and tea formed a "commercial nexus" that became an essential element of the British imperial economy. Although the British government wasn't directly involved in the opium ...
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Why didn't Asian teams participate in the 1950 World Cup?

Only four Asian teams – Burma, India, Indonesia and the Philippines - entered the 1950 World Cup qualification rounds and these were placed in Group 10 with the top team qualifying for the finals in ...
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Why was the Mughal Empire Persian oriented?

First, the relationship was Mughal Empire -> Timur Empire -> Mongol ; I mean that while the Mughal Empire had distant Turco-Mongol origins, its most direct influence was that of the Timurid ...
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Why were Indians able to free themselves of the European Colonialists unlike South Africans?

First of all, both India and South Africa became free of Britain, shortly after World War II, India in 1947, and South Africa in 1948. Your question appears to be, why didn't "indigenous" people in ...
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Why did Gandhi give the violent "Do or Die" slogan to the Quit India movement?

'Do or Die' is a very common phrase in India which almost never infer violence. Google interpret this phrase as 'persist, even if death is the result.' Thus, what Gandhi was trying to convey ...
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Why did Gandhi give the violent "Do or Die" slogan to the Quit India movement?

Non-violent resistance doesn't mean there won't be violence (including possibly death) happening. It just means you won't be the one committing it. In fact, it is the goal to induce the oppressor to ...
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How profitable was India for the British Empire in the 1800s?

By the 1800s, the trade with India wasn't particularly profitable. In fact, control of India wasn't particularly profitable (for the Empire as a whole, as you note, local 'nabobs' made themselves ...
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Why is Lal Bahadur Shastri's death in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, still a mystery?

Background Lal Bahadur Shastri, India's third prime minister, died in a dacha in Tashkent, shortly after signing a peace agreement with the Pakistani president, Ayub Khan, on 11 January 1966, about ...
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