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Rahim Khan-i-Khanan: He lived
during the reign of Akbar. He translated Baburâ€™s Memoirs from Turkish to
He was honoured with the award of â€œzariqalamâ€ by Akbar.
Chronological order of: Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic,
Tax-free villages granted to the learned Brahmanas in ancient India were
known as Agrahara.
is a town, about 42 km from Akola, from where a stone idol of Lord Adinath,
the first Jain Teerthankara, was found in 1993.
Powers in India, chronological sequence of: Indo-Greeks, Scythians,
was one of the nine gems in the court of the legendary Vikramaditya. His
work Amarkosha occupies a dominant position in Sanskrit lexicography.
was the long ruling Rashtrakuta king (A.D. 814-78). He represented the
height of development of his dynasty.
was a Buddhist philosopher. He was the originator of Buddhist Yogachara
was the spiritual adviser of Kanishka (the Kushan emperor) who took a
leading part in the Fourth Buddhist Council at Srinagar which was presided by
Vasumitra. He was a renowned Mahayana Sanskrit scholar and author of Sariputra-prakarana
and Buddha Charitam. He was the greatest literary figure at Kanishkaâ€™s
Dipankara: was the most famous teacher of Vikramasila university founded in
A.D. 810 by king Dharmapala of Pala dynasty.
of San Thomas: This battle during the Carnatic Wars (1746-61) definitely
proved for the first time the superiority of European arms and discipline over
the traditional Indian methods of warfare.
of Waihand: was fought between Mahmud Ghaznavi and Anandpala.
was the king of Kamarupa (Upper Assam). He was a contemporary of king
Sasanka of Gauda and was his arch-enemy. Bhaskaravarman was the eastern ally of
was a Sanskrit historian and poet born in Kashmir. He left Kashmir about
A.D. 1065 and became the court poet at Kalyana where he wrote an epic, Vikramadeva-charita
to celebrate the reign of Vikramaditya-VI, the Chalukya king of Kalyana.
Water Policy: The â€œBlue Waterâ€ policy is attributed to Don Francisco de
Almeida, the first Viceroy of the Portuguese possessions in India. His â€œBlue
Waterâ€ policy was to be powerful at the sea instead of building fortresses on
Koi inscriptions: are important in Indian history because inscriptions of
the fourteenth century B.C. discovered here mention the names of Vedic gods and
(598-660) of Ujjain, was a great mathematician of his time.
is a language of Baluchistan. Linguistically, it is Dravidian.
Munda Revolt: occurred in Bihar.
the butterflies and setting them free: was the prominent feature of
the foreign policy of Samudragupta.
was a French possession before its merger with India.
is known as the greatest of the materialistic philosophers of ancient India.
was a tax levied by Marathasâ€”a contribution exacted by a military leader,
which was justified by the exigencies of the situation.
in Ancient India: Coins in ancient India were made of metalâ€”copper,
silver, gold, or lead. Nishka and Satamana in the Vedic texts were
taken to be names of coins, but they seem to be only prestige objects. Coins
made of metal first appeared in the age of Gautama Buddha. The earliest were
made largely of silver though a few copper coins also appear. Coins made of
burnt clay belong to the Kushan period i.e., the first three Christian