Arunachal Pradesh Formation Day

Arunachal Pradesh is a state, in the north easternmost boundary of India, and is the largest among the 7 sister states in north east India. It was a union territory until 1987, when it became the 24th state of the Indian Union, on 20th February, 1987.

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Arunachal Pradesh

The mention of this state immediately brings to mind images of lush green rain forests and a rich wildlife. A land of incredible natural beauty, and rich flora and fauna.

Arunachal Pradesh had a prominent place from ancient times.

Eastern Boundary of India

The land of Bharath, as India was known in ancient times, had four boundaries. Maha Sagara, the Indian Ocean in the south. Himalaya, the snowcapped mountains in the north. Ashtachal Mountains in the west and Arunachal Mountains in the east.

More on this in our short film: Boundaries of Bharat.

Thus Arunachal region is an important landmark in Indian geography, marking its eastern boundary.

Aruna means “The first rays of the sun” and Achal means “Mountains”.

Arunachala are the hills that receives the first light of the sun, in Bharath. In other words, Arunachal is the “land of the rising sun”.

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The name Arunachal is also a name of Shiva, and has an important place in the concept of Ashta Dikpala, the rulers of 8 directions. Ashta Dikpalas are the deva who rule over the eight direction, Ashta, meaning eight, dik meaning direction and pala, meaning one who rules. The Deva who rules over the north east is Isana, i.e. Lord Shiva.

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Ashta Dikpalas

Orchid of India

Known for its flora, Arunachal Pradesh is known as the “Orchid of India”, and the “Paradise of the Botanists”.

The entry point of Brahmaputra

It is also the land where one of India’s biggest rivers, Brahmaputra, enters the country. The river has its origin at Manasarovar in Tibet, near Mount Kailash, where it has the name Tsangpo. In Arunachal Pradesh, where it enters India, it is known as Yarlang. It is only in Assam, it gets the name Brahmaputra.

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From ancient Past

In the Purana, this region of Arunachal Pradesh is mentioned as Prabu Mountains.

It is at this region that Veda Vyasa mediated, for a period of time.

Parasuram kund, a lake dedicated to Lord Parasurama is a popular pilgrimage spot in Arunachal Pradesh. It is visited by thousands of pilgrims from across India, and also from Nepal.  It is here that Lord Parasurama performed penance. Makara Sankranthi is a festive occasion at this kund, when around 1 lakh Devotees take dip, Snan in its waters.

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Parasuram Kund

Arunachal Pradesh is also the region ruled by King Bhishmaka, the father of Rukmini, whom Krishna married. This takes the antiquity of this place to 3100 BCE, as we have dated Krishna to 3100 BCE in our book “Historical Krishna”.

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In the previous millennia, this region was ruled by the Ahom dynasty, from 1228 CE to 1826 CE.

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Ahom Dynasty Insignia

Culturally Diverse

The population of Arunachal Pradesh mainly consists of Vana Vasi.

The dweller of forest who are the true custodians of this ecosystem are known as Vana Vasi.

Vana meaning forest, and Vasi, dweller.

These tribals were not poor, but instead they were rich, for all the forest of the land were theirs by right. They were the guardians of the forest. The forest looked after their well being.

Today, they have been classified as Adi VasiAdi meaning first and Vasi, dweller, and restricted to living in pockets within their forests.

Adi Vasi is a new term and also has a sense of derogatory to it. The Adi Vasi brings in an incorrect concept that tribals are the first dwellers of the land and the town and village dwellers are later migrants. This is ethnographically erroneous.

Whereas the words, Vana Vasi is their rightful name used with respect.

Nagar Vasi, Grama Vasi and Vana Vasi, all three belong ethnically to this land from time immemorial. And each have their respective place in the civilization, in the land and in the society.

There are more than 26 tribes of Vana Vasi in Arunachal Pradesh, who follow their own customs and tradition, making it one of the most culturally diverse states in India.

Some of the major tribes being,

  1. Adi
  2. Galo
  3. Aka
  4. Apatani
  5. Nyishi
  6. Tagins
  7. Bori
  8. Bokar

Arunachala, fire element and Sun worship

In South India, Shiva is manifested in the form of Arunachala hill at Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu.

As per the legends, this hill was originally a pillar of fire that appeared before Brahma and Vishnu.  Brahma had flew towards one end to search for its origin while Vishnu had penetrated towards the other end taking the form of Varaha, the Boar, to bore to its other depths. But they could not reach the two ends of this column of fire.

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Depiction of a legend in the Shivapurana – Search for the ends

This column of fire was a manifestation Shiva.

More on this legend in our book – Understanding Shiva.

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The form of Shiva as Arunachala is associated with the fire element.

Arunachal Pradesh is the land of rising Sun, where the worship of Sun, a manifestation of the fire element, is prominent among all the tribes. Here Sun is worshipped as the Supreme Divinity.

Donyi Polo is a religion practiced here, which worships the Sun and the Moon, Donyi meaning the Sun and Polo, the Moon.

Si-Donyi is an important festival celebrated in Arunachal Pradesh, dedicated to the Sun.

There are also other tribes who worship the Sun.

Buddhist Monasteries

Arunachal Pradesh is also home to many Buddhist monasteries.

Some of the prominent ones being,

  • Tawang Monastery
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Tawang Monastery

  • Bomdila Monastery
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Bomdila Monastery

  • Urgelling Monastery
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Urgelling Monastery


The main occupation of Arunachal Pradesh is agriculture, while weaving is another vocation, popular mainly among the woman folk.

The people here are experts in creating beautiful carpets, wooden vessels, and silver articles.

Woodcarving is another favourite vocation, as also ornament making that is practiced in Arunachal Pradesh.

The state is also famous for its Bamboo handicrafts.

Statehood Day

Arunachal Statehood Day is observed every year on 20th February, the day when Arunachal Pradesh became a state. A day to remember an important part of the Indian civilization. A state which apart from its rich flora and fauna, is also a home to richly diverse culture.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanthi


Chatrapathi Shivaji

We celebrate Shivaji Jayanthi on February 19th. A day observed by the state Government of Maharashtra to mark the birthday of a boy born about 400 years ago. A boy, who would grow up to establish the Maratha Empire and become its ruler as Chatrapathi Shivaji.

Birth Place of Shivaji Maharaj and his cradle

Born Shivaji Raje Bhosle, Shivaji made significant contributions not only to the Maratha Empire, but also to the destiny of the rest of India.


Two storeyed wooden temple of Lord Vinayaka, called Kasba Ganapati temple, built by Shivaji’s mother Jijabai in November 1630, when Shivaji Maharaj was only 8 months old. This deity is today the Gram Devata of Pune

Named After Shivaidevi

Named Shivaji after the deity Shivaidevi, a form of Goddess Durga, an embodiment of courage, strength and fearlessness, Shivaji, true to his name, fearlessly strode the path that would eventually liberate the land from the oppressive rule of the Mughals and their vassals in different parts of India.


Sculpture of Shivaji Maharaj from his life time

The legends of Shivaji, his conquests, the Guerilla warfare that he popularized, the ploys he adopted to outwit the Mughals, are all well known and well documented.


An old painting, dated c.1668 CE, of Shivaji Maharaj with soldiers setting out for war

Shivaji, the humanist

Apart from his conquests, Shivaji is known for his respect for every human being, He honoured every women even if they belonged to the enemy ranks.

Jadunath Sarkar in his book ‘Shivaji and His Times’ speaks of an incident that shows the high upbringing of Shivaji. He writes,


Built a robust administration

We all know Shivaji as a great warrior, but how many know he built up a very robust administration too. And this when he had no formal education and spent most of his life in battle. Some of his achievements

1) Ashta Pradhan a council of 8 ministers who advised him on all matters

2) Recognized the importance of a navy to protect Konkan coast and built one.

3) Built sea forts at Sindhudurg, Jaigad to protect from pirates.

4) Did away with Jagirs and paid army in cash, this eliminated corruption.

5) Built up a very professional army.

6) Disallowed dancing girls, to maintain discipline in army.

7) State looked after families of dead soldiers.

8) All enemy property seized during a campaign belonged to Treasury, none was allowed to use for personal purpose.

9) Robust revenue collection system.

10) Maintained a large network of forts and garrisons.

A Wrong perception

A popular statement made by many is that,

the British took over the political control of India from the Mughals”.

Little known to many is the ground reality, corroborated by British Maps themselves.

Ground reality

Defeating Mughals

After Shivaji and his forces had dealt a decisive blow to the Mughal forces, the Mughal empire, along with many of their vassals had disintegrated. In their place, the Maratha rule and the Maratha confederacy of Peshwa, local kings and heads of principalities, started ruling different parts of India.

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A Portrait of Shivaji Maharaj
Maratha confederacy

It was a confederacy because while there were many Peshwa ruling in their respective localities, they shared the ideals, principals, goals and the rule of law of the Marathas.

British Map Testifies

All this is borne out as a fact when we see the British map of 1780, during the times of Robert Clive, where it shows the Maratha Empire covering pretty much, most portions of present day India – Central, North and South India. It stretched from Tamil Nadu in South India to Peshawar in the north, in modern day Pakistan and upto Bengal in the east.

British Map of India, 1780 – Maratha Empire is the Region in Yellow
Naval forces keeps colonial powers at bay

The Naval force that the Marathas created under the able leadership of Kanhoji Angre, helped guard the Konkan coast for nearly a century and kept the colonial powers at bay. The colonial powers could only function as minor trading posts in the Konkan coast and become colonial powers in this region only after they managed to defeat the Naval forces of the Marathas.

Statue of Kanhoji Angre in Alibag, Maharashtra

A rare gold coin of Shivaji prob. issued on the occasion of his coronation.- Devnagari Legend on the coin reads Shri Raja Shiv Chatrapati.

The Maratha Power

Shivaji had personally marched through much of Karnataka, central parts of Andhraand visited even Madras, which was a fledgling town then, primarily a British trading post operating out of Fort St.George.

Gifts from British

During this visit to Madras, the British sent him gifts, honorariums, which in the local language  is called “Kappam”, twice within a month, to his camping site near the Kalikambal temple, which formed the entry point to Madras then. They did this as a good will gesture requesting him not attack their trading post saying that they were only peaceful traders.

Fort St. George, Old Madras

Marathas at power when British arrived

This corroborates the point that it was indeed the Marathas, who were in power when the British arrived in India. If Shivaji had then gone ahead, attacked and decimated this fledgling trading post, then the history of India would have taken on a different turn.

The only live sketch of Shivaji Maharaj , discovered by historian V S Bendrey

The Maratha Effect

Anqetil DuPerron

Many years later, Anqetil DuPerron, a French orientalist and linguist, who had visited India and stayed here for 7 years between 1755 and 1761, quotes a traveller as,

“When I entered the country of the Maharattas, I thought myself in the midst of simplicity and happiness of the golden age … misery was unknown … the people were cheerful, vigorous and in high health.”

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This statement of DuPerron highlights to us that not only had Shivaji and his lineage of Marathas, conquered the lands they did, but were administering them in a sustainable manner with the welfare of the people in mind.

Barring a few parts of India, it was the Maratha Confederacy which was in power after the Mughals. It was a campaign, initiated and given a form by Chatrapathi Shivaji, that brought India together as a cohesive unit after the Mughals and before the British.

Shortlived Resurgence

Then how could the British have taken over India from such a powerful empire? While it was a period of resurgence in India, which applied a healing balm to many a wounds that had been inflicted by the various foreign invasions and their oppressive rule, sadly this period of resurgence was shortlived.

Mughals joing hands with Afgans

The defeated Mughals started joining hands with the Afghans and the Nawabs to counter the expansion of the Maratha empire and started pushing the Marathas back.


Also, the individual rulers in the Maratha Confederacy, whose autonomy had grown over the years, soon started fighting amongst themselves due to jealousy and thirst for power.

It was by dethroning these individual, infighting rulers in the Maratha Confederacy in the 1800s, through bribe, deception, trade, threat, treachery and force, that the comparatively smaller in size, but devious British force, weakened the confederacy and gained monopoly over India – literally every inch of it.

Shivaji’s efforts in vain

All the unification brought about by Shivaji and his followers, had gone to vain. This is an excellent lesson on how,

“United we stand, divided we fall.”

The word “Maratha” today conjures up an image of present day Maharashtra alone, for the present generations. It invokes a picture of pleasant, simple, sincere and hardworking locals, popularly termed as “Marathi Manus” these days.

The contribution of Shivaji and the Marathas, towards the unification of India before the British and in the development of a spirit of fearlessness in the Indians, which helped them later to resist the British and eventually gain Independence, cannot be acknowledged enough. Anything said will only be an understatement!


Shivaji Gaddi, Bhavani Mandap, Kolhapur

Dr. U Ve. Swaminatha Iyer

Dr. Uttamadhanapuram Venkatasubbaiyer Swaminatha Iyer, known as U.V. Swaminatha Iyer, was one of the famous Tamil Scholars, born on February 19th 1855 in Uthamadhanapuram nearby Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu.


For his efforts in the publishing field, he is respectfully referred to as “Thamizh Thatha”. The grandfather of Tamil Literature.

His father Venkata Subbu Iyer was a leading Musician.


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The original image of Sri Swaminatha Iyer


Dr. Swaminatha Iyer did his schooling and music in his own town. In his 17th year, he started learning Tamil from Thirisipuram Sundaram Pillai, who was a teacher in Thiruvaduthurai Saiva Athinam. U.V.Swaminatha Iyer learned Tamil for 5 years and later he worked in a college at Kumbakonam in the year 1880, and then he worked for some time in Presidency College, Madras.

Salem Ramaswami Mudaliyar’s encouragement

When he was working in Kumbakonam, he made friendship with Dr. Salem Ramaswami Mudaliyar, who gave him the idea to edit and reproduce ancient Tamil Classics and Tamil poems.


Dr. Salem Ramaswami Mudaliyar

Important Publications

He edited the manuscript Seevaga Sinthamani, a Jain Classic first.

In 1887, Dr. U.V Swaminatha Iyer successfully published Seevaga Sinthamani, and after that he published Pattupattu.


Dr. UV Swaminatha Iyer continued his publishing works. He published many prominent books. Otherwise we may not have a single line from the books like,

  • Silapathigaram written by Ilango Adigal, one of five epic in ancient Tamil Literature,
  •  Manimegalai written by Seethalai Saathanar, one of the five Epic in ancient Tamil Literature and
  •  Purananuru, one of the Pathinen Melkanakku books of Sangam Period written by more than 150 poets,

which were published by UV Swaminatha Iyer.

He published more than 100 books including Tamil classics, poems, devotional books etc, during his life time.

Thiyagaraja Vilas, where ‘Tamil Thatha’ U V Swaminatha Iyer lived and published his works

Work continues in Retirement

In 1919, Swaminatha Iyer retired and later he joined as a principal in Meenakshi Tamil College, Kumbakonam. Due to health problem he resigned his job in 1927 and he became involved in manuscripting, editing and publishing until his death.

Tribute of Subramanya Bharati

Subramanya Bharati, the famous Tamil poet who inspired people during the freedom movement, wrote a poem in tribute to U. V.Swaminatha Iyer, whom he considered to be of the statue of Sage Agastya.


Subramanya Bharati

He has sung in the poem:


Rabindranatha Tagore’s Tribute

In 1926, Sir Rabindranath Tagore called on Swaminatha Iyer, and even penned a poem on him, praising his great efforts in publishing ancient Tamil works.


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The poem composed by Rabindranath Tagore on Swaminath Iyer


Iyer was awarded the title of Dakshinathya Kalanidhi in 1925 by Madras University. He was also conferred the title Mahamahopathiyaya, meaning: “Greatest of Great teachers”.

Dr. U V Swaminatha Iyer passed away on 28th April 1942.

The Indian Postal Department issued a commemorative stamp in his name in 2006. His house in Uttamadhanapuram has been made into a memorial.


A stamp released on Dr. Swaminatha Iyer


Swaminatha Iyer House

A great literary figure and son of Tamil Thai who salvaged the ancient Tamil texts, from palm leaf manuscripts. This is the debt that the Tamil literature owes him.


Tamil Thai

Nicholas Copernicus

Nicholas Copernicus was an astronomer of Polish origin during the European Renaissance period, who was born on 19th February 1473.


Nicholas Copernicus

Introducing Heliocentric Model in Europe

Copernicus was the first to come up with the Heliocentric Theory in Europe i.e. all planets go around the sun. Copernicus’ theory was an important step in European astronomy. Europe had till then believed that earth was in center, all else go around earth, i.e. in a Geocentric Model.


Heliocentric Model

In Veda

In India, the Heliocentric View, that all the planets move around the sun is mentioned in the Veda, that were composed thousands of years before Copernicus.

The Indian astronomical texts have repeatedly mentioned that the planets, sun and moon are not geocentric but are heliocentric, with the sun at the center of the solar system and the earth with its moon going around it, along with other planets.


How can we say for sure that they had this heliocentric view thousands of years ago itself?

Navagraha, Around the Sun

Besides the over thousands of years old Veda, which speak about a heliocentric Solar System, the heliocentric state of the Solar System has been continuously showcased in every major temple of India in the form of the Navagraha shrine. Nava means 9 and graha refers to a planet or an occupied space.

In the Navagraha shrine, it is the sun which is at the center and the planets are placed around it.


Navagraha Shrine

And people go around this shrine as a sign of reverence to the planets and the sun.

It was a simple, clear and concise way of making the common man, understand the heliocentric concept of the Solar System.

This is not the only scientific knowledge of the ancient Indians, to have come to be accepted by the modern world.

Who knows what else we may uncover for future, If only we take the pains to wade through them and read them from their perspective!

Gopala Krishna Gokhale

Gopala Krishna Gokhale was one of the freedom fighters during the Indian Freedom Movement. He was one of the earlier leaders, who sought and fought to bring greater representation of Indians within the British administration. He was a political mentor to both Mahatma Gandhi and Mohammed Ali Jinnah.


Gopala Krishna Gokhale

Birth and Education

Gokhale was born on 9th May, 1866, in the Ratnagiri district of present day Maharashtra. Inspite of hailing from a poor family, Gokhale was able to pursue his education in English, with assistance from his family members. He went to complete his graduation from Elphinstone College.

Joining Indian National Congress

Gokhale joined the Indian National Congress in 1889, where he met the other contemporary leaders like Dadabhai Naoroji, Bipin Chandra Pal, Lala Lajpat Rai and Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Gokhale was moderate in his view and tried to convince the British about Indian right and capability to rule, through dialogue and discussion. Gokhale became the president of the Indian National Congress in 1905.

Promoted Education

In the same year 1905, he founded the Servants of India Society, to further education in India, as he felt that education would promote human development, and economic progress, among Indians, which will eventually help throw the British out of India. This society also sought to fight social evils like poverty, untouchability, alcoholism and domestic abuse.

In Gokhale’s own words, “the Servants of Indian Society will train men prepared to devote their lives to the cause of the country in a religious spirit, and will seek to promote, by all constitutional means, the national interests of the Indian people.

Today, it has its centers in many Indian states.


Servants of India Society Logo

Gokhale also gave many speeches among the Indian masses, to bring awareness among people, about the ground realities in the country, and as to how they could prosper.

Worked for Indian cause

Gokhale worked with the British, for the Indian cause, all through his life, and occupied various positions during his career. Some of them being,

  • Elected to Bombay Legislative Council in 1889
  • Elected to the Imperial Council of the Governor General of India in 1901
  • A member representing Bombay Province in 1903
  • Appointed Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire in 1904
  • A member of Imperial Legislative Council in 1909

Even while occupying such positions in the British administration, Gokhale worked for the Indian cause, by persuading the British to bring in necessary reforms for the welfare of Indians. He forced the British to accept the capabilities of Indians.

Mentor to Mahatma Gandhi

Gokhale guided Mahatma Gandhi in his early days of the freedom movement, on the issue facing the common Indians, and gave him an understanding of the political situation in the country.


Mahatma Gandhi with Gopala Krishna Gokhale

In those days, Gandhi was living in South Africa. Gokhale and Gandhi first met in 1896. The two again came together in 1901, at the Calcutta Congress, and spent more than two months together. It was here that Gokhale for the first time, persuaded Gandhi to return to India.  But, Gandhi couldn’t return to India until 1915, when Gokhale was towards his end.

When Gandhiji eventually returned from South Africa on January 8th, 2015, Gokhale asked him to undertake an all India tour, to properly understand the situation in the country, and also to build a connect with the people. He also funded this tour for Gandhi.

In his autobiography, “My Experiments with Truth,” Gandhi refers to Gokhale as his political Guru. He describes Gokhale as being, “pure as a crystal, gentle as a lamb, brave as a lion and chivalrous to a fault, and the most perfect man in the political field.”

The role that he played in molding Gandhi has been brought out by Govind Talwalkar in his book, “Gopala Krishna Gokhale, Gandhi’s Mentor”.


Mentor of Jinnah

Gokhale was also the political mentor of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, who in his own words wanted to be a “Muslim Gokhale”.


Gokhale passed away on 19th February, 1915. It was an end of an era. It was also the beginning of the Gandhian era, where Mahatma Gandhi would take up a more prominent role in the Freedom Movement on the footsteps of his political Guru, Gopala Krishna Gokhale.

Today Gokhale’s legacy finds expression in the many educational institutions in his name, in the country.

  • The Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics in Pune
  • Gokhale Memorial College in Kolkata
  • Gokhale Hall in Chennai
  • Gokhale Centenary College in Ankola
  • Gopala Krishna Gokhale College in Kolhapur
  • Gokhale Institute of Public Affairs in Bangalore

The Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune

The Gokhale Education Society today runs more than 50 educational institutions in Maharashtra.

A stamp has been issued in his name by the government of India.


A life truly lived for the cause of Indian Freedom. In Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s words, “This diamond of India, this jewel of Maharashtra, this prince of workers is taking eternal rest on funeral ground. Look at him and try to emulate him.”

18th February, 1946 Revolt

A Red Lettered Day In Indian History

Writers often use the phrase, “Red Lettered Day” to mark an important day. One such red lettered day in Indian history is, 18th February, 1946.

While a lot has been written about the various heroes of India’s Freedom Struggle, this final trigger of 18th February, 1946, is lesser known among people.

On this day in 1946, the Navy, Army, Airforce and the Police, whose rank and file comprised Indians, revolted simultaneously. This revolt was like the proverbial last nail on the coffin of the British Rule.

The united revolt against British

Royal Indian Navy Riots

In the course of events starting with 18th February, 1946, the naval officers of Indian origin in the Royal Indian Navy, captured the naval ships, lowered the British Union Jack flag and hoisted the then Indian flag as a form of revolt against the British.

It was started off by the Indians in the Royal Indian Navy stationed at HMIS Talwar in Bombay, a Communication Station. It therefore spread soon, like wildfire, to other Naval bases and ships in India.

Royal Indian Navy’s Revolt, 18th February, 1946

Through wireless network, they contacted all the naval vessels from Karachi in the west, to Chittagong in the east and informed everybody of this deed. Immediately, close to 72 war ships, manned by loyal Indians in the Royal Indian Navy (RIN) trained their guns back towards the port, as a sign of readiness to attack the British.

The revolt spread like wild fire across the country, with those in the Navy, positioned onshore, starting to march against the British on the streets.

Indian Navy march against the British

Indian Air Force Strikes

Seeing the Navy revolting in Bombay, the airmen in the Royal Indian AirForce too went on a sympathetic strike. They had gained courage by the token strikes offered earlier in January by the British and American airmen spread world over, seeking demobilization and return to home base after the war.

The British administrators, who were considering air attacks on the striking Royal Indian Navy, therefore could not command the Royal Indian Air Force to get into action. They had to resort to taking the help of the Royal AirForce instead.

Royal Indian Air Force

The airmen at all airbases in India such as Bombay, Kanpur, Allahabad, Jodhpur, Vishakapatnam, Delhi. It culminated with the strike by airmen at Kohat which was the only Air Force station in India manned by the RIAF.

Indian Army Rebels

The alarmed British officers had brought in the Indian based Mahratta Light Infantry (MLI) to fire upon the Navy. Reluctant to open fire on the rebelling Indian brethren, the army fired shots but at the ground in front of the rebelling Navy men.

When the British found Indian soldiers reluctant and lenient in dealing with the rioting Navy, they had to bring in British troops to fire on the striking Navy men.

Finally with the help of the British troops, the Royal AirForce and Royal Navy from Sri Lanka and Britain the revolting Navy was intimidated and made to surrender on 23rd February, 1946.

But this firing incident was a shot in the arm for the soldiers of the Indian Army whose tolerance had already been stretched beyond limits.

Indian Army disobeyed the British

The command to open fire on their own brethren who were only making demands similar to theirs, at a time when INA prisoners, who had fought gallantly for Indian freedom, were being tried, was the tipping point for this mammoth.

The rebellion within the Indian Army came from the Indian Signal Corps at Jabalpur. Starting on 27th February, 1946 it gained momentum and seriousness, lasting until 3rd March, 1946.

Though it was contained by the British with the help of senior Indian political leaders and did not extend beyond Jabalpur, this one incident in the Indian Army was enough to shake the British confidence and might.

More than the Navy and the AirForce, the British relied heavily on the Indian Army for external as well as internal control. The confidence of the British in being able to control and hold India, took a serious hit with the strike by the Indian Army at Jabalpur.

Indian Police Refuses

When the Navy in Bombay had started to strike, the British officers had called for the support of the police. But the local police too, like the Royal Indian AirForce had joined hands with the rebelling Navy and could not be counted upon.

The Indian police constabulary also had refused to swing into action.

Jitters down British spine

There was a total breakdown of the defense service and the constabulary against the British Rule of India.

This sent jitters down the spine of the British administrators.

For the first time, the 200 year hold that the British had on India was being crushed. For, there was no way the British could quell the rising citizens of India, who were now backed by the Navy, Army, Airforce and the Police – all the armed forces.

Statue in Colaba, Mumbai in honour of the Royal Indian Navy (RIN) Mutiny

British offer Independence

Clement Attlee, Prime Minister of England in 1946

Within the next fortnight, on 15th March, 1946, Clement Attlee, the Prime Minister of England, announced in the house of Lords, the British Parliament, London, that they were sending a mission to India, the Cabinet Mission of 1946, under the leadership of Lord Pethick Lawrence, the Secretary of State for India, to discuss transfer of power to India.

The Mighty British Blink

This immediate announcement saved the day for the British in India. In this standoff between the officers in service and the Police constabulary on one side and the British government on the other, it was the mighty British who were compelled to blink first.

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa is one of the most well known saints of this country. A spiritual leader who promoted religious harmony through his life. An ideal for Spiritual Seekers.

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Ramakrishna was born Gadhadhar into a Vaishnava Brahmin family on February 18th, 1836, at Kamarkupur, in West Bengal. Prior to his birth, his parents had mystical visions, indicating the birth of a great soul as their son.


Birth Place of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Spiritually inclined at young age

The seeds of spirituality were sown in Ramakrishna at a very young age. He had the opportunity to meet many saints at a tender age and was influenced by the stories of Ramayana and Puranas, narrated by them.

First Spiritual Experience

Ramakrishna had his first spiritual experience at the age of six. While visualising white cranes in the backdrop of dark clouds in the sky, he became absorbed in this scene and lost external consciousness. He experienced great bliss in that ethereal state. Ramakrishna had many such experiences in his childhood.

Priest at Kali Temple

Ramakrishna became the priest of the Dakshineshwar Kali Temple in 1856. From then on, he was drawn to the deity at the shrine and became an ardent devotee of Devi Kali. He had many spiritual experiences with the Divine Mother and many times lost outward consciousness, being immersed in bliss.


Dakshineshwar Kali Temple in those days


Dakshineshwar Kali Temple as it stands today


Ramakrishna married Saradamani Mukhopadhyaya, now respectfully called Sarada Devi in the year 1859.


Sarada Devi

Even into Married life, Ramakrishna was never distracted from his spiritual endeavour.

Showing Religious Harmony in Practice

Ramakrishna undertook many sadhana, spiritual practices through his life. He sought to show to the world that,

“As there are a number of beliefs, there are a number of ways to Divinity” .

Ramakrishna awakened people to this harmonious thought not just through his teachings, but in actual practice.

Practicing Islam & Christianity

Ramakrishna practiced other religions including Christianity and Islam.

While practicing the tenets of Islam, Ramakrishna dressed himself as an Arab Muslim, performed Namaz 5 times each day and continuously repeated the names of Allah. After 3 days, he had a vision of Prophet Mohammed merging in his body.

Ramakrishna had a vision of Jesus Christ merging in his body when he undertook to practice Christianity.

Epitome of Religious harmony

Similarly, Ramakrishna undertook spiritual practices pertaining to many religious sect and every time had the vision of the respective deity. He also practiced the Advaitic Sadhana and realized the One Formless Divinity.

Ramakrishna thus became an epitome of religious harmony in the country.


Ramakrishna, An Epitome of religious harmony

A True Paramahamsa

From Spiritual Seeker, Ramakrishna had now become a Spiritual Master. Ramakrishna began to attract many spiritual seekers who felt they were face to face with a highly evolved Guru. He was now popularly known as Ramakrishna ‘Paramahamsa’, with the latter honorific title meaning ‘A fully blossomed soul’.


A cinematic representation of a devotee by name Rasiklal surrendering to Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Guru to Swami Vivekananda

Ramakrishna is the one who inspired Swami Vivekananda, his chief disciple into spiritual life and to carry out the mission of unravelling Indian wisdom and revealing it to people, both in India and in the West.


Swami Vivekananda

In this light, Swami Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Mission to propagate the teachings of his Guru.


Ramakrishna passed away on August 16th, 1886 at Cossipore, West Bengal.

A Continuous Source of Spiritual Inspiration

Apart from Vivekananda, Ramakrishna inspired many spiritual seekers through his life and continues to kindle the spiritual fervour in many youth of this country, even today. The result has been that Ramakrishna Mission has spread to every nook and corner of this land and the world.


Ramakrishna Mission, Chennai


Ramakrishna Mission, Bangalore

                       Ramakrishna Mission, Pune and Hyderabad

Ramakrishna Mission, Agartala  and Delhi

Today, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa continues to live in the hearts of his millions of devotees.