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Western Ghats; Thoughts on Climate Change and Global Warming

Over 150 million years the Indian Sub-continent broke up from the Super Continent that was Gondwana, this is split created the mountain ranges of the western ghats as we know today. Creating huge 1000 meter cliffs on the western coasts of India. The millennia of erosions and climatic forces would create what we now know as the Malabar Coast.

The western ghats are home to nearly 1800 endemic species

This coast and the adjacent mountain ranges compose of one of the most diverse biospheres on the planet. Countless rivers drain from the western ghats into the seas on both sides of the western ghats, Numerous rainforest systems are within these ghats, of which’s importance is largely forgotten. Countless factors create a devastating conservation issue on these hills that was started over centuries ago during the colonial rule.

Sharavati River flowing through the Western Ghats

It was during the British rule that the western ghats became suitable land for agriculture and settlements until then it was home to tribes of hunter gatherers and subsistence farmers. Once a contiguous chain of rain forests and habitats have since then been fragmented with heavy felling of endemic trees and slaughter of wildlife.

The western ghats became one of the prized assets of the Raj, as it provided the perfect climate for tea and coffee plantations. These clear-felling continued on until the Independence of India. After which the then estates and plantations continued to operate and illegal felling and poaching continued on in the forests.

Landslides kill hundreds of people each year in the region in the monsoon

Though the western ghats only covers about 5% of India’s landmass it includes nearly 27% of the species of the country of which more than 1800 are endemic to the Ghats. This has come to greater attention during the later half of the 20th century and has set ways for policies by the government to protect the fragile ecosystem. These policies did not revert back the damages but at their core they made sure that the forests remained untouched from encroachment thereafter.

Lion-tailed macaque endemic to the Western Ghats

The government with pressure from conservationists has setup panels to frame policies on what the future should look like for the conservation. But these policies largely lie in papers as the people in these ecologically sensitive areas strongly oppose any control on the use of land. But with the rapid climate change in the whole of the planet it is become much clearer that public outcry shouldn’t dictate educated policies.

The yearly landslides that kill hundreds of people each year in the region in the monsoon, the lack of water during the summer, record high temperatures each year are all indicative that it is high time actions are taken.

Map of the Western Ghats

The issues in the western ghats are carbon copies of issues elsewhere in the world facing similar or worse ecological situation due to global warming and the increased greenhouse gases, be it wildfires and droughts in California, Southern African countries, Southern Europe and the floods and landslides in Eastern Australia, Henan, and even in other parts of India.

It is thus high time that actions are taken around the globe to tackle the causes of climate change from the bottom up. Only then there can be a more sustainable environment for us humans as well as the earth and its diverse species at large.

“It is a test whether we learn from the past mistakes or bound to repeat the same going forward.

Humanity is at stake; History is at make.

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The Srilankan Economic Crisis

The Srilankan Crisis

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The economic situation in Sri Lanka has become the worst since their independence in 1948. Due to high imports and low exports after the civil war the country has always had little foreign currency reserves and heavily depended on its tourism sector to provide for the same.

The Political Crisis

The political crisis between the parliament and the president things got out of hand. This has made Sri Lanka become the first country since the 1970s to stop selling petrol to its citizens and petrol supply was limited to just public transportation.

The Reasons of the Fallout

Failing to address forecasts

When the new government came to power in 2015, they were informed by Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka that the country was going on into an economic crisis.

This was mainly due to the then coalition government that couldn’t move a significant bill in the parliament. The government didn’t focus on the economic situation at that time and instead dealt with political issues like constitutional reforms.

Freebies during election

The ruling governments in the country always used freebies to gain political advantages even when the country was in economically weak situation. These continued heavily after the civil war to integrate the linguistic minorities and gain political advantage.

Reversal of policies

During the year 2018,steps were made to control the economic situation and keep the stability of the economy. This was done under the guidance of the IMF and included policies like automatic fuel pricing, increase VAT rates etc. But these policies however were not widely accepted.

Thus after the election in 2019 the new government reverted on many of these policies.

Foreign Debt Defaults

Srilanka’s external debt is at 119% of its GDP (a figure that was at 42% in 2019.)

The country is due to pay $4 Billion by 2022 with the Srilankan Government only having a reserve of $2.3 Billion. The country has essentially fallen into a debt trap mainly due to its high borrowings from China creating many unutilized projects.

Decreased tourism

The country’s tourism sector represented over one-tenth of the GDP of Sri Lanka.

The sector was negatively affected by the 2019 Easter bombings, and the COVID-19 pandemic prevented recovery.

The Total Tourists arrival fell from 2.17 million to 0.54 million

Tourism earned Sri Lanka $4.4 billion and contributed 5.6% to GDP in 2018, but this dropped to just 0.8% in 2020.

According to the World Bank in April 2021, “Despite the heavy toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on Sri Lanka’s economy and the lives of its people, the economy will recover in 2021, though challenges remain.”

Russia Ukraine War

Russia is one of the biggest export partners of Sri Lanka and the countries tourism industry was also heavily reliant on Russian tourist.

Due to the war both the exports and arrivals from Russia decreased thus putting a halt to the economic recovery.

These factors have resulted in the countries current economic situation and it has led to increased fuel prices, electric shut downs, protests, diplomatic pressure from countries. The nation has also defaulted on its debts and is currently facing deep recession.

There are currently steps being taken by the government and international agencies to help the economy recover. As of now the economic restrictions continue to be in place.

How long will these restrictions continue?

Only Time will tell.

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The Effects Of French Revolution

The French Revolution is considered to be one of the greatest Revolutions in history. Some of the effects of French Revolution is still widespread today.

Some of the most relevant after effects of The French Revolution are-

1.Spread Of Liberalism

2.Rise of Modern Nationalism

3.Rise of thoughts such as Liberty and Equality

4.Inspiration to many Famous Revolution’s

5.Drastic Changes in the Rights of People

6.Birth Of Ideologies.

The Rise Of The French Revolution

The morning of 14 July 1789 was Bleak in the city of Paris.

Rumors were being spread that the king ordered his troops to open up fire on the citizens.

 Soon a group of some 7000 men and women marched and stormed the fortress prison, The Bastille, where they went for ammunitions. The commander of Bastille was killed and the Prisoners were released even though only 7 were jailed.

Why did the citizens of France turn up against the King? Why violence flared on the city of Paris?

The French Revolution wasn’t an overnight uprising but rather like a pressure cooker pressurized for so long that it finally burst out loud and fierce enough to change the face of Europe forever!

And the effects on the French revolution is still widespread!

The Death Of The King

At age 21 Louis XVI became the King of France upon the death of his grandfather Louis XV on 10 may 1774.

Louis XVI was often noted to be shy, conventional and unimaginative.

He was too young to be on the throne and the French Citizens were already angry due to the fact that France was already on a Huge debt after their war with Britain.

His wife Marie Antoinette lived in a posh and lavish life even getting criticisms for her hairstyles, wearing expensive pus 

(At one time it was said that Marie Antoinette was said to have a different hairstyle everyday designed by her hairdresser)

This lifestyle was all when 80 percent of the Population lived in Poverty.

Meanwhile the citizens were spreading rumors about the king not having the ability to conceive a child.

Some historians suggest that King Louis XVI suffered from Phimosis , An uncomfortable medical condition in which it is difficult/Impossible for a man’s foreskins to retract .

While some say it is a complete lie. Anyways he was ridiculed by the citizens for his inability to conceive a child.

The Problems faced by the Citizens of France

The Problems faced by the Citizens of France (which eventually led to the French Revolution) were plenty.However the major reasons for the outburst of the French Revolution can be brought down to six reasons.

The Six Major Causes Of The French Revolution

Although French Revolution was a result of many reasons in a short time period, Here are the six major causes of French revolution-

  • Ineffective leadership of King Louis XVI

Louis XVI became the King of France upon the death of his grandfather at a very young age of 21.He was already incompetent enough to lead France in normal conditions, let alone during the turmoil which lea to the French Revolution.

Let them Eat Cake!

His wife Marie Antoinette as mentioned above lived a lavish life and was also infamous for the remark “Let Them Eat Cake!”   (Translation of the French phrase “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche”)  upon being told that the peasants had no bread.This remark showed the apathy the monarchy had over the poor people in France.

  • The period of enlightenment

The Enlightenment period was one of the major contributors to the French revolution.

The Enlightenment was simply an intellectual movement that challenged the old ways of thinking and inspired the revolutionary ideas among the common people.

Immanuel Kant in his essay ‘What Is Enlightenment?’ written in 1784 summarized the era in the following words – ‘Dare to know! Have courage to use your own reason!’

The ideas of philosophy was so common that the ordinary people began regularly talking about it on coffee shop and salons.

The ideas were also spread across via newspapers and books.

  • The Huge Financial Crisis

King Louis XVI when he descended on the throne found an akmost empty treasury. Long years of  had already drained a lot of money.

Adding to it the cost of maintaining an immense palace and luxurious lifestyle o the monarchy further depleted the treasury.

Louis XVI also helped the 13 American colonies to gain independence, which furthered the debt.

The war added more than 1 billion livres in expense and the total debt had already risen to 2 billion livres and the lenders began charging extra interest on the loans lent which further added more fuel to the already burning treasury!

This forced King Louis XVI to to increase taxes.

  • The Food Scarcity

The Population of France was about 23 million in 1715.

By 1789 it had an exponential growth to 28 million. This necessitated the demand for foodgrains ,But the production of grains could not keep up the growing population.

The wages of the workers were not increased. But the prices of food grains increased exponentially.

Thus the poor could not afford grains, This also increased the gap between the rich and poor in a very significant manner.

The bad harvest + Increasing Population + Low wages deteriorated the condition of the poor citizens in France.

  • The Drastic Weathers

In 1784 Europe was hit by severe winters and summers which included extreme droughts that caused poor harvests which ultimately lead to famine.

In 1787 and 1788 France was hit by another series of winters which lead to a huge fall in food production.

  • Social Inequality and the division of estates

 France under the Ancient Regime (before the French Revolution) ,The society was divided  into three estates- 

The First Estate (clergy) 

The Second Estate (nobility) 

Third Estate (commoners) 

The king was not considered part of any estate. 

One Crucial difference between the estates of the Ancient Regime was the burden of taxation.  

The nobles and the clergy were largely excluded from taxation while the commoners(who were also the majority) paid high direct taxes, which were burdensome to them.  All these major reasons along with many others cause the lid to break and cause the French Revolution.

As said earlier, The French revolution had too much pace in a less period of Time. Hence it is best to understand the French Revolution with the help of a timeline. 

Important Dates in French Revolution

 1. 4 May 1789 The Estates General is summoned by King Louis XVI to propose solutions to France’s Financial Problems, Later The members of the 3rd Estate finds they are treated unequally by burdening them with taxes. 

2. 14th June 1789 King Louis XVI asks the Government to approve a rise in Taxes. 

3.17 June 1789 A revolutionary national assembly is formed by the 3rd estate to fight for their rights and against the inequalities. 

4.14th July 1789 Rumors spread that the king had ordered his troops to shut down the National Assembly. 

5.5 October 1789 7000 woman March Down to protest about the hike in the prices of bread, which became a common staple diet for many people in the 3rd estate. 

6.25 June 1791 King Louis XVI and the queen Marie Antoinette attempts to flee France. 

7.1792 to 1801-France war with Austria and other countries 

8.The Year 1793 The Reign of Terror

9.The Year 1804 Napoleon becomes The Emperor of France. 

Women and the French revolution

Some effects of the French Revolution was the active role played by women.

Majority of the woman from the 3rd estate had to work (mostly as laundresses, selling flowers, work as servants, sell vegetables and fruits)to supplement the family earnings.

Most of them were uneducated, Only daughters of noble estate or wealthy third estates family had the luxury to teach the woman in their families. 

About sixty woman clubs sprung up in different French cities at the time of the revolution.

Two of the most famous women clubs were Republican Women and The society of Revolutionary.

Some of their demands were that woman enjoy the same political rights as men.(They were angry about the fact that they were reduced to as passive citizens by the constitution of 1791).

 However they played a major part in the French revolution.(and the right to vote was only enabled to them in they year 1946)  

The Reign Of Terror

Maximillian Robespierre was one of the major spearheads heading the French revolution.

He believed in the concepts of equal rights and believed in the system of “Government by the people”.

But he practiced the exact opposite of what he preached by killing tens of thousands mercilessly calling them “The enemies of the revolution”. 

After the death of the king in 1793,The national assembly was formed. 

They believed that France was full of spies sent by the foreign powers who wanted to bring back the system of monarchy. Thus the Jacobians began to execute anyone who suspected of working against them.

Around 40,000 people were killed in Paris alone during this period. This period of merciless killings ended when Robespierre was sent to the Guillotine. The Guillotine

The Guillotine

The Guillotine was used during the French revolution to execute people as quickly as possible. The Guillotine also had another name “The National Razor” and was used to execute up to 20 people on an average everyday.  

The rise of Napoleon Bonaparte

The early years of 1804,Napolean Bonaparte crowned himself as the Emperor of France.

He was seen as a liberator who would bring peace and freedom to the people. 

But soon him and his army were seen everywhere as an invading force. He was finally brought into his knees in the Battle of Waterloo in the year 1815.(The entire set of events are too long and would require another independent article dedicated to it) 

Conclusion

 The French revolution is indeed one of the greatest revolutions to have happened. The ideas ranging from Democratic system to Liberalism is the prime example that the French revolution still has a part in the modern society. The effects of the French revolution still lingers on everywhere

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Was Hitler A Vegetarian

Rare Adolf Hitler propaganda pictures found which show the evil dictator  posing with kids and baby deer in a bizarre attempt to make him look  friendly
Hitler tending a fawn

Propaganda or a Fact?

Adolf Hitler once said “One thing I can predict to eaters of meat: the world of the future will be vegetarian.”

Hitler was a vegetarian because of his concern for animal suffering, noting that he was often distressed by images of animal cruelty and sufferings.

In 1942, Hitler said, “The only thing of which I shall be incapable is to share the sheiks’ mutton with them. I’m a vegetarian, and they must spare me from their meat.”

Hitler’s close Aide Joseph Goebbels

Joseph Goebbels recorded the following in his diary-

An extended chapter of our talk was devoted by the Fuhrer to the vegetarian question.

 He believes more than ever that meat-eating is harmful to humanity. Of course he knows that during the war we cannot completely upset our food system. After the war, however, he intends to tackle this problem also.

An excrept from Joseph Goebbels diary

Maybe he is right. Certainly the arguments that he adduces in favor of his standpoint are very compelling.

The Conversations

The conversations between Adolf Hitler and his inner circle which took place between July 1941 and November 1944, Hitler often talked about himself as a vegetarian.

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Adolf Hitler with his dog Blondi

Hitler banning Vegetarian Societies

Most people have often questioned Hitler’s commitment to the vegetarian cause because the Nazi’s banned vegetarian societies and the persecution of their leaders

But the Nazi ban on Non-Nazi Organizations was so widespread that anything which is non-Nazi was simply banned.

The Book ‘In The Mind Of Adolf Hitler’ by psychologist Walter C. Langer, the author quotes:

“If he (Hitler) does not eat meat, drink alcoholic beverages, or smoke, it is not due to the fact that he has some kind of inhibition or does it because he believes it will improve his health.”

The Book ‘In The Mind Of Adolf Hitler’

“He abstains from these because he is following the example of the great German, Richard Wagner, or because he has discovered that it increases his energy and endurance to such a degree that he can give much more of himself to the creation of the new German Reich.”

The Book ‘In The Mind Of Adolf Hitler’

According to one of the quotes by Hitler’s food tester Wölk , Hitler deliberately avoided meat and his meal was was of vegetables, rice, pasta, noodles and exotic fruits, which were a real real rarity at the time. [BBC]

Atoning the death

The psychoanalyst Erich Fromm speculated that Hitler’s vegetarianism was actually a means for him to atone the death of his half-niece Geli Raubal.

It was a also a way to prove to others that he was simply incapable of killing.

Hitler the Antivivisectionist

Commercial animal trapping was banned and imposed severe restrictions were imposed on hunting .

There even was a prohibition on boiling of lobsters and crabs.

In one incident, A fisherman was sent to a concentration camp for cutting up a bait frog.

Evidences suggest that Hitler was also an Antivivisectionist 

(An Antivivisectionist is the one who opposes the practice of performing operations on live animals for the purpose of experimentation or scientific research).

It is said that At social events, he sometimes gave graphic accounts of the slaughter of animals in an effort to make his dinner guests give up eating meat.

The health condition of Hitler

There could be another reason to why Hitler became a Vegetarian- Due to his poor health conditions. Mostly his doctors would have advised him to become a vegetarian.

Conclusion

There is a wide array of evidences which prove Hitler was a strict vegetarian throughout until his death in 1945.

But does him becoming a vegetarian and caring for animals make him any less cruel?

No.

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The Falling Russian Economy

“War… is as much a punishment to the punisher as to the sufferer.”

Thomas Jefferson

I still remember the 2018 FIFA World cup held in Russia. All those grand splendor added more than $14 billion dollars to Russia’s economy wherein the major sponsors were top tier companies and enterprises from all around the world.

Russian President Vladimir Putin touches the World Cup trophy as FIFA President Gianni Infantino stands beside him, at the end of the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France won 4-2. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 2018 FIFA world cup

Fast forward 4 years later in 2022,The situation of Russian people looks bleak. FIFA and UEFA have banned Russian National teams and clubs from participating in any of heir footballing events.

But there are even more troubles for Russian citizens now.

The Cost Of War

It is estimated that Russia incurred a cost of $7 billion for the first 100 hours of war against Ukraine. Moreover as the war moves on to the next day, It is estimated that the expenses for Russia will go up to $20 billion a day!

The Closing Airspace

More than 30 countries have closed their airspace for Russian airplanes, leaving the Russian tourists stranded with no way to go home. The biggest Airplane manufacturers like Airbus and Boeing have halted the supply of aircraft parts to Russian airlines.

Automobile Industry

According to experts the global car production would be at least a million units less and this crisis would worsen rising inflation and propel already record-high vehicle prices even higher.

Luxurious car companies like BMW, Audi, Jaguar and other prominent car manufactures like Honda and Toyota have suspended their operations in Russia over Ukraine crisis. They also have stopped the importing of their cars.

Entertainment Industry

Entertainment companies such as Netflix have released a statement stating that new member subscriptions have been stopped in Russia. Tik Tok has also banned Russians from posting any contents in the platform.

Smartphone manufactures such as Samsung and Apple has stopped the sale of their devices throughout Russia.

The Financial Block

VISA and Mastercard have stopped their services in Russia. At present 74 percent of all payment transactions in Russia are through VISA and Mastercard

Economic Sanctions

In simple words sanctions are penalties imposed on a nation by a group of nations done with an aim to financially weaken a country. Financial sanctions can range from seizing of assets to freezing the foreign exchange reserves.

Overall, the US bank expects the economic impact of sanctions on Russia’s economy to be on par with the financial weakening the country experienced during the financial crisis in 2008 or the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ruble turning into ‘Rubbles’

Year1 USD ($)1 Russian Ruble (₽)
2010130.36
2010164.00
2022 (before the war)175.6
2022 (present)1125.50

The Economic sanctions by the USA and European countries have made the Russian ruble to deteriorate value so fast, that within a span of a month the ruble has doubled its loss of value.

As the famous quote which goes on like “The more money you spend on guns, the less money you spend on people! More weapons, less happiness; more guns, more misery!”

The only thing the war has produced is the degrowth of the financial system in Russia. This all is done with the aim to make Vladimir Putin stop this war for good. Will he?

Only time will tell.

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HOW TO START A HISTORY BLOG [Under 30 Minutes]

How To Start A History Blog? or In a Broad sense How to Start a Blog?

This Blog Post is more than enough to kick start your wonderful new blog website (of any niche) and start drawing money and Traffic!

 (psst!-If you are going to start a history Blog, I have some additional tips below which you can use!)

In this Blog Post we will cover the following points-

1.Why Should You Start A Blog in 2021?

2.Where to Start a Blog?

3.Selecting The Blogging Platform.

4.Selecting The Niche

5.Setting up and Designing the Blog

6.Monetizing the Blog

7.Getting Traffic to the Blog

8.Starting a Newsletter

9.Bonus Tip For Wannabe History Bloggers!

2020 has been a tumultuous year for all of us especially due to the pandemic. But this also opened up a large amount of creativity among people amidst the lockdown. I too started this History Blog four months ago when I thought I would die from boredom.

Maybe it’s time you too start a History Blog or Blog of any Niche!

1.Why should You start a Blog?

Well Because its fun to have something you own. Having your own website and sharing information in it is so fun and even an enriching experience.

Plus you can learn a lot as you need to research a bit or read a bit  to make a blog post which is informative and readable.

And as Jordan B Peterson said, If you can think and write efficiently you become deadly. The information you write will be stuck into your mind than when you simply read a stuff.

For example when I read the Book sapiens 2 times, I could recollect some of the elements but not all. But when I wrote a blog post here, I could almost instantaneously recollect all the vital points in the book.

So writing is an underrated skill!

Plus you can make money out of your blog by either monetizing it with ad networks or by affiliate marketing!

So there is a plenty of reasons why you should start a History blog or blog of any niche in 2022!

Ok I am convinced about starting a Blog, But from where do I start a Blog?. Read on!

2.Where to Start a Blog?

You can simply use blogger.com or wordpress.com to start a website from scratch in less than 5 minutes!.

So in points here are some things which you should remember/do-

3.Selecting The Blogging Platform. 

I personally use Blogger. But if you are really serious you should start with wordpress.com than with blogger.com.

37% of the websites in the world is powered by WordPress, That’s how widely popular it is. By the way if you are not much serious you can always start with blogger as it is easy to use. Plus whenever you feel to use blogging seriously you can transfer your site to WordPress.

After you get used to them I would recommend you to host a custom domain. Hosting is relatively cheap as much as a latte coffee you buy occasionally.

For example, This History Blog was first started on blogger as www.lostinhistory.blogspot.com and later I purchased a GoDaddy domain and changed it to www.lostonhistory.com

Hosting Services for custom domains which are Cheap-

a).GoDaddy

b).Hostinger

c).BlueHost

By the way remember to choose a .com domain name over .org , .tech etc. as .com is still the most famous domain name out there.

4.Selecting The Niche

Almost 2 years ago I started having an interest in WW2 and its history and Soon I found myself watching a lot of movies on it and started writing answers about it on a Q and A platform called Quora.

After a while I started getting interested more about history especially after reading the book SAPIENS and soon it originated into a blog which you are reading right now.

Similarly, You too would have some kind if an interest. Maybe finance?. Maybe reading books? Maybe about technology? Maybe about History just like me? 

Think deep on anything which you feel you know a bit more than an average person around you.

Yes.That’s Your Niche!

 

Don’t ever start a blog without deciding a Niche. If you think you are simply going to write stuff on whatever topics you feel writing on your blog, It would be havoc.

So decide the niche before even thinking about starting a blog.

 

5.Setting up and Designing the Blog-

 

Use this site for best free blogger templates. Download your favorite template file you picked and extract it and upload it in case of blogger

In case of WordPress there are enough cool templates on the site itself.

Points to Remember while setting up the Blog-

-Have a catchy heading for your blog

-Always research before writing a blog post

-While you need not focus on the SEO and Keyword research at first, Gradually try to learn more on them.

-Keep the Blog post so simple that even a 7 year old can understand it.

-Write consistently whether its once a week or once in 3 days.

-Don’t forget

+An About page

+A Privacy Policy Page.

6.Monetizing the Blog

-Adsense

Apply for Adsense directly on the earnings tab in case of Blogger. Adsense is the foremost way to monetize the blog. They are from google and hence trustable too.

Adsense could take some time to be approved, So if u need a quick scheme to monetize you can choose and of the following-

1.Adsterra

Adsterra provides an almost instant approval provided that you blog has some content in it and the payout is as low as 5 dollars. So Adsterra is a good way to start monetizing the blog!

2.Propeller Ads 

is a large ad network that offers a range of adverts like banners, sponsored links, push notifications, and allows you to reach 1 billion users.

3.POPADS

Instant Approval .This system uses popups as ads. So if you are okay with it go for them as they pay good if u have some decent amount of vistor’s to your blog.

(There are also other AD Networks which you can add Ads.I used the above three personally in this blog,Hence I only mentioned them.)

7.Getting Traffic to the Blog

My Blog has touched 70000 visits which I drive from various social media networks. 

Here are some ways you can drive traffic to your blog-

1.Quora

Quora is a Q and A platform. Write Quality answers on your Quora platform and attach the links to your website accordingly to the answers.If your answer is really good and the algorithm loves it it will spread like a wildfire and people will start clicking on your blog links.

Bonus-

Start a Quora Space. It is more like a blog on Quora. Start a Quora space with your blog name. And Quora is an established website, Your space can feature on Google search results and also give your a good amount of traffic to your site.

2.Reddit

Start a Reddit account. Engage with the community and join them too. For example if your blog is of the niche technology, Join subreddits like r/technology.

But don’t spam.

Be an active participant and actually provide value to the community, They will always support back where you will get a lot of people in visits.

3.Facebook

Start a Facebook page about your blog and start posting your contents in it, Also you can promote the page very cheaply and hence getting god traffic at a low price!.

4.Twitter

Post some of your interesting blog posts as threads on twitter and start building an audience. Twitter is pretty cool way to get traffic.

5.Medium

Medium is similar to Quora but more like a blog. In here you can post your blog contents and Medium having a high authority score will enable that your blog reach at the top in Google search.

6.Telegram channel

Most don’t do this actually. But it works!.There aren’t really much good niched telegram channel.

For example there aren’t much history niche telegram channels. So I started one called you know Lost on History and I share all my articles there.

It has almost 230 plus subscribers over there.(Not much,But they are sure visitors to my site).Plus it’s free to start a channel. So start one for your blog!

8.Starting a Newsletter

Starting a newsletter with important contents in the form of daily or weekly mails can help create a bond with the readers and the will always stick around your blog and be regular visitors.

You can collect mails by embedding a sign-up form in your blog by using mailing services like MailChimp.

9.Bonus Tips For Wannabe History Bloggers!

Starting a History Blog is really a fun way to learn and earn money. By the way remember that there aren’t much history blogs compared to tech and health niches.

Plus if you are a regular reader and felt history to be interesting, It is always good to have a blog. 

How To Find Topics For Your History Blog?

Read a lot. Find topics which you feel isn’t properly written as a Blogspost in the internet. It should be interesting such as Similarities between Gandhi and Hitler, About the 14 different Ancient Human Species ..Or it can be a summary post of the history book you have recently read!. There is a wide scope for a history blog!

CONCLUSION

Starting a Blog is the best way to Learn and Earn as said Above.Even if it doesn’t fly off well enough as intended, It can stimulate you intellectually.

And Who knows, Maybe your blog could give you your next breakthrough and change your life?

It Most Probably Could!

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SAPIENS : A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND SUMMARY

Sapiens is one of the best book I have ever read and I seriously think there won’t be any other book which would keep me hooked as sapiens did.

The book Sapiens is a Treasure trove of knowledge and attempting to summarize the book in one single post is a tedious task.

About The Author

Before diving into the summary let’s first look about the magical hands who wrote this book Yuval Noah Harari.

Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli  historian and a professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is also the author of the popular science bestsellers Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century.

Outline of the Book

The simple Outline of the book Sapiens is simply this-

Atleast 6 humans  inhabited the earth. Yet Sapiens only survived. Humans were also at the middle of the food chain years back. Soon it reached the top. How did humans really reach at the top of the chain? and How Humans used thoughts and actions in power to be the most powerful animal on earth?. The Book also talks about the future of humans and about what’s in store for us humans in the future.

SAPIENS SUMMARY

An animal of no significance

About 13.5 billion years ago matter energy and time came into existence and about 70,000 years ago Homo sapiens began to start out complex structures. Homo sapiens in its definition means “wise man”.

While we used to think that we were the only human species, archeology proved us wrong by discovering various species of humans such as homo erectus which lived for 2 million years on this planet making it the most durable human species.

Yuval Noah Harari points out that Homo sapiens won’t survive for another 1000 years let alone a million.

The 3 major revolutions

There has been 3 major revolutions which shaped us human beings.

1.Cognitive revolution

2.Scientific revolution 

3.Agriculture revolution

While most of us think that different human species lived on different timelines is totally absurd as many human species existed simultaneously in this planet at one point of time.

Complexity Of The Human Brain

Yuval Noah Harari details us about the complexity of the brain showing that it accounts for 3 percent of the body size but still used 25 percent of the energy intake.

All the animals in the top of the food chain made it up to the top only after millions of years in a gradual and slow manner, But Homo sapiens reached that place in a rapid pace.

Humans were actually in the middle of the food chain until about 400,000 years ago and they reached the at the top of the food chain just before 100000 years.

The Discovery of Fire

The discovery of fire by the sapiens increased the pace of us ruling the food chain, Humans used it at start for warming themselves and cooking food and slowly they used it to burn entire forests down after they started knowing the true power of fire.

The advent of fire also caused humans to evolve and have smaller intestinal track and larger brains.

The Two Theories on How Other Humans Evolved

There are two theories on how Homo sapiens evolved. They are-

1.Interbreeding theory

2.Replacement theory

Interbreeding theory

The interbreeding theory tells us about how sapiens mingled and had sexual with other human species such as Neanderthals. The Neanderthals were large and muscular when compared to sapiens and sapiens merged with them when they spread out to the lands of Neanderthals.

If that’s the case most of the people in this world are not pure sapiens but a combination of the above two.

The Replacement Theory

It is altogether a different story which is more bloodier and genocidal, The sapiens might have found Neanderthals to be annoying and they were genetically different and hence could no mate. If this is the case all humans are indeed pure sapiens

If replacement theory is true it is well the first ever human genocide on earth.

Yuval Noah Harari quotes: “They were too familiar to ignore, but too different to tolerate.”

And the last human species other than us got extinct 12000 years ago.

Why Humans rule this planet?

Why do humans rule the planet instead of any other animal?

Humans were able to rule this planet because of their unique ability to communicate with a well defined language.

The most accepted theory is that accidental genetic mutations caused sapiens brains enable to think in unique ways which no other animal could.

The Power of Myths

The cognitive revolution occurred between 70000 to 300000 years ago.

While all other animals too had a language it wasn’t as sophisticated and well defined as sapiens language and sapiens are the only living things which can talk about things we have never seen heard or smelled.

The Myths, Legend and Religion are all the ideas of humans. No other animals have the concept of the above three.

Gossip theory is one of the important Element which evolved the language.

The Power of Unity

Humans could collaborate in very large numbers For example- Chimps can’t form groups more than 50 even humans can’t usually go up to 150, yet humans were able to collaborate due to common beliefs and myths.

Hence to summarize after cognitive revolution humans began to have dual realities – physical reality and imagined reality.

And humans myths were not genetically based hence humans could replace all the myths and adopt to it easily and they didn’t have to wait for years to evolve to a change!

We humans have the same physical, mental and intellect capacity as we had about 30,000 years ago and the evolution of psychology happened even before the agriculture revolution at about 10,000 years ago.

The Gorge Theory

The instinct to binge eat sweet foods is an example that we haven’t changed even after 1000’s of yearsA typical forager would gorge the ripe and sweet fruits and eat them as much as they can because they know that to find such foods are rare ,hence they gorge the food whenever rarely they find them. This instinct is still wired with us that’s why we binge eat junk foods and sweets.

But One thing is different. Ancient people had a very low private life and also very little loneliness compared to today ,where we are the opposite.

Individual Human Vs. Collective Humans

As an individual we are less skillful than an ancient forager. But as a human collective we are very far powerful and advanced than the ancient humans as a whole.

The dog is said to have been domesticated about 15000 years ago. since then it has been the most favored companion for most humans.

The Travel to Australia made humans at the top in food chain.

Yuval Noah Harari says that humans traveling across the sea and landing in Australia was one of the most important expeditions of human history.

It made the humans at the top of the food chain.

Large animals such as diprotodon which flourished in Australia earlier got extinct in years due to human activities. Most of the unique flora and fauna were completely eradicated by the humans and when humans learned to start a fire, they burned the entire forests at times as it was easier for them to get dead animals for food.

The humans then spread to America then to Mexico and South America, it was so rapid and finally humans controlled the land the settled in and they became the only species to have invaded large amounts of land in such a short span of time.

AGRICULTURAL REVOLUTION -The Biggest Fraud in History?

Yuval Noah Harris call the agriculture revolution as history biggest fraud in history.

Yes it allowed humans to settle in one place and population increased manifold. Humans were also able to collect more food. But this in fact was done by sacrificing some things such as leisure time and created more hard work.

The agriculture revolution was actually a suffering for a human at an individual level.

Not only humans but also cows sheep’s and chicken suffered due to agriculture revolution.All these animals population had a population boom.At an evolutionary level Agricultural Revolution was a success, But at an individual level it was simply suffering.

Agriculture also made humans in contact with animals this in turn resulted in various epidemics causing deaths in thousands.

Hence agriculture revolution was a fraud.

The Ability to Write

The myths that surround us are the ones that dictate our lives, Like the Egyptians building pyramids and the American Declaration of Independence 

Writing changed the way we think, it literally changed our thoughts and the most prevailing language is numbers.

Yuval Noah Harari points out that unjust discrimination often gets worse and not better with time as of 2006 there will still 53 countries where a husband cannot be brought before law for raping his wife.

THE 3 UNIFIERS OF HUMANKIND

There are 3 unifiers which united us Humans in unprecedented ways, The 3 Major Unifiers of Humankind are-

1.Money

2.Empires

3.Religions

The Power Of Money

Another example of myth is Money. the value of it only exists in our minds. In a physical reality a money is just a paper which is literally of no use. But all of our minds believe in the value of that paper, That is why money is powerful.

The Contribution of Empires

Empires often have a negative shade on them, but they also have contributed things such as music, arts and the idea of governance and the world is fast turning into one single empire .For example- Global warming and commonly accepted principles such as human rights have an touch which is beyond national boundaries.

Religion

Religion is the third great unifier after money and empires and it sprout out during the time of agriculture revolution. The dilemma with a monotheistic religion is that it has to deal with an omnipotent god even when there is evil in the world.

 How can there be evil if god is good and caring?

Even there are new religions such a communism and capitalism. Like normal religions they have a holy book (example- the communist manifesto), a god (Karl Marx) who teaches the principle of  each according to his ability.

The Difference Between Science and Religion

 One difference between religion and science is that science is more humble and accepts the fact that humankind has still a long way to go and is ignorant of many things. 
Religion, however, assumes that all the things are well known and are written on the religious text.
 The religion assumes that humans are “all-knowing” whereas science assumes “ignorance”.

The Rise Of Modern Capitalism

The Per-Capita production has stayed constant for most of human history. However, since the birth of capitalism, per capita production has risen dramatically.

Creation Of Credit


The creation of credit facility is the fundamental reason why modern capitalism skyrocketed.Credit allows us to borrow money because we human collectively think that the future will be much better than the present.

Adam smith in his book “wealth of nations” suggest that increasing private profit will lead to the collective growth and prosperity of mankind as a whole.

In simple terms when you become rich, you benefit yourself and everyone. But this process happens only when you reinvest the profits. Saving the money and hoarding it will not create this cycle of prosperity.
So in order for Capitalism to work, The Profits received by a person should be invested in a new production.

Most Peaceful Times

The thing is we live in the most peaceful of times. There is no major war anywhere, More people are overfed than who live under poverty. Most People are getting access to healthcare than ever before.

The Key To Happiness

If happiness is based on pleasurable feelings, then increasing our happiness is a matter of increasing our bio chemicals. When we can alter them our moods can be changed.
Buddhism has closely studied happiness for many years. According to Buddhism, Happiness and sorrow are our own responsibility  and completely within our control. “If we train our mind properly, Happiness will be the result.”

CONCLUSION – THE FUTURE?

The next part of human history will be the evolution of consciousness and human identity and due to these changes the term “Human” will have an entirely different context.
In the past 1000s of years we have crossed all barriers of nature, reached at the very top of the food chain, having leaps in genetic and scientific areas.
Yet do we know what we really want? Why are we so unhappy then?

sapiens summary

We have become godlike. Yet we don’t know what we want and is there anything more dangerous than dissatisfied and irresponsible gods who don’t know what they want?

Buy the book Sapiens here- Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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THE FALL OF THE ROMANIAN DICTATOR

How a single second of action bought a communist dictatorship to an end.

Communism was an ideology which thrived for 80 long years until it started loosing its control from the late 1980’s.Communist regimes started crumbling one by one due to defective organization.

In the last few months of the decade, Berlin wall fell and countries where communism reigned for years such as Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria were being swept by revolutions.

Nicolae Ceaușescu, The Communist Dictator of Romania knew that at this rate revolutions would soon hit his government. But he was confident that he could withstand the revolution. He didn’t even bother the riots against his government rule in The Romanian city of Timișoara on 17th December 1989.

To prove the Romanians and the rest of the world that majority of the population loved him (or feared him),He organized a mega rally and filled the Romanian City square with 80,000 people on 21st of December 1989.

All of Romanians were instructed to stop whatever they were doing at that time and tune into their televisions and radios to hear speech of Nicolae Ceaușescu.

The crowd which gathered were enthusiastic holding flags, with the usual placards that said “long live Ceausescu” and, “long live the Romanian Communist Party”

A crowd of 80,000 with placards of “Long Live Ceausescu”

 And Nicolae Ceaușescu at his building balcony started to give a riveting speech with “Dear Comrades and Friends…”(as he always did countless times before) and boasted on the greatness of Romanian socialism for a period of 8 minutes and the crowed clapped along to whatever he said.

The Beginning of the End

And Immediately what followed simply changed the history of Romania.

Just as Nicolae Ceaușescu starts another sentence of his speech saying ‘I want to thank the initiators and organizers of this great event in Bucharest, considering it as a—-’

And suddenly Nicolae Ceaușescu becomes silent and freezes in shock and disbelief as you can see in the below image.

 

Nicolae in disbelief.

In a matter of one second his life changed.

Someone in the crowed booed.

And following that person another booed.

 And another and another and another. 

Within a matter of few seconds the entire masses of the people gathered at the city began booing and shouting and cursing abuse on Nicolae Ceaușescu.

And mind you this all happened in live Television ,The entire Romanian population heard and saw what was happening on Television and radios abusing him.

The Securiate -The secret police of the government ordered the live broadcast to be stopped immediately.

But the Television crews disobeyed.

They still recorded it live. Now all of Romania saw what was happening.

Nicolae Ceaușescu yelled “Hello Hello!”  acting as if it was the problem was with the mike in front of him.

HIs wife Elena ordered the population to shut up, But Nicolae Ceaușescu scolded her in front of live television ‘You be quiet’! and he appealed the crowed in the square “My comrades be quiet comrades….”

Nicolae with his wife Elena,4 days before they get executed.

But they never did.

The Romanian communist government crumbled. 

Nicolae Ceaușescu dominated the 20 million Romanians for years. All ended when a person booed and others followed him.

The Agitated Crowd

All because of that one second.(By the way no one knows who booed first, It still remains a mystery to this day.

After this speech Nicolae Ceaușescu ran away and was caught almost immediately and was executed 4 days later, still wearing the same clothes.

The main charge against him in the Trial was genocide—namely, murdering “over 60,000 people” during the revolution in Timișoara.

Full Video of the Last Speech before the fall



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The Discovery Of Dragon Man

DRAGONMAN


 The Origin of Dragon Man


This specimen is nicknamed as “Dragon Man” and is said to be a part of Human groups that lived in East Asia atleast 146,000 years ago.



When did the first humans evolve?

The first humans evolved around 7 million years ago. Most of them were least similar to us .


What was the first species of humans ?

The first species of humans were Homo Habilis . They were the least similar to us Homo Sapiens, Homo Habilis also had ape like figures and had long arms.


And now the discovery of Dragon Man has lead to an another mysterious path.


Is Dragon man our ancient relative?


Chinese researchers claim that Dragon Man is our closes evolutionary relative among the ancient human species we know such as homo erectus , Neanderthals etc.


The researchers also claim that Dragon Man is more related to us homo sapiens than Neanderthals.




The origin of the Name Dragon Man


The official name given for Dragon Man is “Homo Longo” which derives from the word “Long” which means dragon.Hence the name “Dragon Man”


What we know about Dragon Man?


The skull size of the Dragon Man is far larger than us Homo sapiens.Yet the size of the Brain of the Dragon Man is similar to us.


The Story Behind the discovery of The Dragon Man


The skull of the Dragon Man was discovered in 1933 by a Chinese worker in Heilongjiang Province and he hid it for 80 years in the bottom of his family’s well.


Before he died,He told the family about the mysterious skull and scientists soon got to know about the Dragon Man.


Read about the 5 Ancient Human Species


Other speculations about Dragon Man.


Some researchers speculate that Dragon Man is not a part of us Homo sapiens but rather a part of Denisovans,While others claim it is our long lost ancestor.


One thing which can be sure about Dragon Man is it has opened a Pandora Box.


Only time will reveal who Dragon Man is!


Read about Sapiens: A brief history of Humankind Summary

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HOW AN IRON DOME WORKS?

HOW AN IRON DOME WORKS?

 

 
Israel and Palestine issue has been racking up on the news for several weeks now. One of the common terms trending is “The IRON DOME”.

Since its setup in 2011,It is said that more than 2400 rockets hurled towards Israel has been successfully intercepted.

Even During this present conflict almost 200 rockets fired by Hamas has been successfully destroyed by the Iron Dome.(as of May 2021).

So what is an Iron Dome and How does it work?.

                         THE IRON DOME –  By Israel Defense Forces and Nehemiya Gershuni-Aylho נחמיה גרשוני-איילהו 

In simple terms, An Iron Dome is a mobile all-weather Air-Defense system designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and also artillery shells fired from distances between  4 kilometers and 70 kilometers , and to intercept the rockets fired whose trajectory would take them to Israeli populated area’s.

In this Current war-like situation between Israel and Palestine, The Iron Dome has been a lifesaver for many.

Before looking on about the Iron Dome, One piece of information everyone must know is the simple difference between a rocket and a missile.


Which one of the above image  is a rocket and which one is a missile?

The left part of the image shows the missiles and the right part the rockets fired towards the city.

The rockets move in a uniform path, That’s what rockets are meant to do, But the missiles sent by the Iron Dome changes it’s path in a suitable fashion to precisely reach near the rockets in order to explode an destroy them, Hence the weird path movement of the Iron Dome Missiles.

Cost Of Iron Domes

The Cost of Each of the battery is 50 million dollars and the cost per missile is 40,000 dollars. Currently there are 10 batteries deployed.


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The Working of an Iron Dome

The Iron Dome Contains 3 Main Components-

1). Radar Unit-

The Radar unit is an important part of the Iron Dome.  The role of Radar Unit’s is to detect Information on the Trajectory of the rockets fired by the enemy and also calculate the speed of the rocket fired.

2).Control Centre-

The information received from the radar unit is sent to the control center and the control center assesses the information received and detect whether such rocket fired would hit a densely populated area or an open unhabituated area .If the rocket fired is intended to land on an open unhabituated  area, The Iron Dome ignores such rockets.

3).Launcher-

Each of the launcher contains 20 interceptor missiles.

Each of the missile fired gets constant information from the internal radar units and the control center and directs its path according to the direction in which the rocket is fired and such missiles destroys the rocket by exploding near it.

The interceptor missile tries to destroy the rocket far above the ground because farther the grounder less damage would be done to the densely populated cities below.

The Iron Dome has been a literal life saver for Israel.

What do you think about the Iron Dome?. Comment Below!

Read about Israel and Palestine; A View of Ignorance.

 

 

 

 

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THE ANCIENT HUMAN SPECIES

The Ancient Human species



When did the first human’s evolve ?, What was the first species of humans ?. All these are real interesting questions. Let’s dive deep to find the answers!

Every Animal has its own Species. Species are a group of living organisms consisting of similar individuals capable of exchanging genes or interbreeding.


For example, Dog’s are of the species Canis lupus familiaris.


We Humans used to think that we were unique and had no such species and types.

But this was pure ignorance from our side.
Yuval Noah Harari in his Book titled “SAPIENS” quoted-

Just 6 million years ago, a single female ape had two daughters. One became the ancestor of all chimpanzees, the other is our own grandmother.


After some periods of evolution The First Ancestors of Humans evolved about 2.5 million years ago from an earlier genus of apes called Australopithecus which literally means “Southern Ape”


Different Types Of Humans lived throughout History.


It is said that there were 14 species of Humans on earth.


Only one remains now,which is us Humans,ie-Homo Sapiens.


When did the first humans evolve?

The first humans evolved around 7 million years ago. Most of them were least similar to us homo sapiens which is shown below.


What was the first species of humans ?

The first species of humans were Homo Habilis . They were the least similar to us Homo Sapiens, Homo Habilis also had ape like figures and had long arms.


Now Let’s look about 5 major types of  the different type of humans that lived on Earth-


1.HOMO ERECTUS


This Human species was said to be the first recognizable human species to walk on earth 2 million years ago.


This human species is also said to be the first to move out of Africa.


They also were the first human species to make rafts to cross over water bodies and also said to have the ability to cook food before eating.


This species is said to have reigned for 2 million years!. Most probably us homo sapiens cant break this record.

Homo sapiens. Homo antecessor.  Homo erectus.  Homo ergaster.  Homo floresiensis. Homo habilis.  Homo heidelbergensis. Homo luzonensis.,species human


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2.HOMO SOLOENSIS


Homo Soloensis is a subspecies of Homo erectus which lived along the Solo River in Java, Indonesia, about 117 thousand years ago.


3.HOMO FLORESIENSIS-



Homo floresiensis a.k.a “hobbit” is a species of small archaic human that inhabited the island Indonesia until the arrival of modern humans about 50,000 years ago.


They weighed no more than 25kg and did not exceed 1 meters in height.


They most likely were wiped off earth due to Volcano eruptions.


4.HOMO HABILIS,

As said above Homo Habilis were the least similar to Homo  Sapiens,Homo Habilis had ape like figures and had long arms



5.NEANDERTHALS

the most famous of all human species(other than us homo sapiens of course)


If you have watched the intro theme song of The Big Bang Theory,You must have surely heard this-

Our whole universe was in a hot, dense state
Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started, wait
The earth began to cool, the autotrophs began to drool
Neanderthals developed tools
We built a wall (we built the pyramids)
Math, science, history, unraveling the mysteries
That all started with the big bang! Hey!


Yes they had large brains to make tools 


Homo sapiens and Neanderthals almost looked the same, If you would put a Neanderthal dressed in homo sapiens clothes and put them on a street full of people, Chances are the people would not even bat an eye on it!


Neanderthals thrived in Europe from 350,000 to about
 40,000 years ago.Smithsonian Institution


It was also later discovered that homo sapiens mated with Neanderthals.

And many Humans now have some percentage of D.N.A of Neanderthals with them.



An ancient Human’s D.N.A showed that it contained 10% Neanderthal D.N.A mixed in it.

They also had large brain’s and were intelligent.



But they eventually died out roughly 40000 years ago.Their cause of death is still unknown,

Either due to replacement theory or interbreeding theory.


As Yuval Noah Harari in his Book “SAPIENS” mentioned, If Neanderthals were alive, would they have the same rights as of homo sapiens?


That’s a question to ponder on for a long time!


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RASPUTIN-Russia’s Biggest Love Machine

RASPUTIN,RUSSIA’S BIGGEST LOVE MACHINE

 There lived a certain man in Russia long ago

He was big and strong, in his eyes a flaming glow
Most people looked at him with terror and with fear
But to Moscow chicks he was such a lovely dear
He could preach the Bible like a preacher
Full of ecstasy and fire
But he also was the kind of teacher
Women would desire

Ra ra Rasputin
Lover of the Russian queen
There was a cat that really was gone
Ra ra Rasputin
Russia’s greatest love machine
It was a shame how he carried on

The above lyrics got so famous on tik-tok,But do we really know who Grigori rasputin a.k.a Rasputin the Love Machine is?

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 THE ORIGIN OF RASPUTIN A.K.A THE LOVE MACHINE

Rasputin the love machine was born in Siberia in 1869 to a peasant family.


Later on in his life Rasputin was inspired by the monks and soon Rasputin became one. On his travels he visited a lot of places and the natives of the places Rasputin visited used to be mesmerized by Rasputin’s magical presence.


But Rasputin the love machine was simply a thief and an alcoholic.


As written earlier, people were often mesmerized by Rasputin’s personality and his looks so much that he finally found a place in St. Petersburg where Rasputin used his charisma to find a place in the palace.


The Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra were orthodox Christians. They both were also superstitious and believed in mysticism.


Hence it was easier for Rasputin to find a top spot in the palace.


Rasputin the Love Machine cemented his place in the top because of one incident. Two things caused headaches to the palace- One was the crippling monarchy. The Tsar knew that the monarchy could be replaced by the revolutionaries if he was not careful.


The other problem he faced was with his son, who also was next in line for the throne-Alexia.


Alexia had contracted a disease named hemophilia and was being treated by the doctors day in and out. But Rasputin who was already in a good spot in the palace advised the Tsar to reject the medicine used to treat Alexia. The Tsar obliged and soon the doctors were removed.


After a few days Alexia showed some considerable Improvement in his health and everyone thought it was due to the advice of Rasputin along with his magical powers that cured Alexia.


But recent studies and findings showed that the doctors at that time used aspirin on hemophilia patients which actually increased the chances of death in hemophilia patients. Hence, The reason Alexia got cured was because Aspirin treatment was stopped.


But people at that time credited it to Rasputin’s Mysterious powers.

Rasputin also made a prophecy later in which he said that if he was killed, Alexia would die and the monarchy would be dead.


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Soon Rasputin reached a high point where it was almost impossible to remove him from the palace.


This caused both support and distress by the citizens.



Rasputin was well received by the poor peasants as they felt they came from him, While the nobilities hated him for his more-than-necessary influence in the palace.


THE PLOT TO KILL RASPUTIN


Felix Yusopov was one of the people who despised Rasputin and wanted to assassinate him and started making plans to kill Rasputin.


Some attempts done to assassinate him already failed. One was when Felix Yusopov stuffed cyanide into some pastries which were to be eaten by Rasputin.


But one of the co-helpers of Felix Yusopov had a change of heart and replaced the cyanide with some harmless material.


When Felix Yusopov saw Rasputin relishing the pastries without any sense of uneasiness, Felix Yusopov got desperate and took out his gun and shot Rasputin at point blank.


Yet Rasputin recovered, hit all the people around him and ran off. Soon Felix Yusopov and his team hunted Rasputin down, Shot him and threw his body in the Neva river.


Just as Rasputin prophesied ,The Tsar lost his throne and his son never became a king. Monarchy got crushed by the revolution.


But was it due to Rasputin the love machines prophecy or was it because of the long political battle by the monarchy and the revolutionaries?


We may never know!


SUMMARY FOR TL;DR


RASPUTIN THE LOVE MACHINE


Grigori Rasputin is a popular person, the Russian Mystic and the close aide of the Tsarina Alexandra, who believed that Rasputin could cure her son. Which he kind of did but nobody knew how. With that Rasputin had the royalty in his hand. 


Tsar Nicholas never went against his wife’s wishes. So when she insisted on taking advice from Rasputin, Tsar did so. 

And that led to the inexperienced Tsar leading the weak Russia into the WW1.

 When the Tsar was away it was Rasputin who ran the country, he dismissed all the nobility and appointed people close to him. 

It made the public hate the royalty even more, who was already losing power. Rasputin just sped up the whole Russian revolution and the rise of the Bolsheviks. 

Read about the most cruel Nazi here-THE ANGEL OF DEATH

Rasputin was shot dead on December 30 1916. After his death the revolutionaries dethroned the royals and expelled them to Siberia where they were eventually killed.

The weakened economy of Russia after the war was one of the main reasons for the revolution had not Russia lost the war or was having a good economy things would have been different.

Read About Hitler and his relationship with his dog blondi here-.Hitler and Blondi
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MUST READ BOOKS

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 In these tumultuous times,The best thing we can do by sitting home is to read good books rather than watching negative news channels which cloud up our brain.

I will suggest the books I have read,These are some must reads.

I also have attached links to buy the books at a high quality and very cheap rate.


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So here are my recommendations-

1.Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

It is a book by Yuval Noah Harari, first published in Hebrew in Israel in 2011 based on a series of lectures Harari taught at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and in English in 2014.

It talks about almost everything in a nutshell!.From Homo erectus to Capitalism,From Religions to Languages!.That’s how informative and wide this book is.(Btw it isn’t too long)

It also talks about how and why are humans at the top of the food chains and not any other animal

If you could read only one book in your life,read this!

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2.ATOMIC HABITS-

Atomic Habits is the most comprehensive and practical guide on how to create good habits, break bad ones, and get 1 percent better every day.

Unlike other fake motivational books,This actually gives insights on how to live a better life.

Atomic Habits: The life-changing million copy bestseller
Atomic Habits: The life-changing million copy bestseller

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3.MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING-

Man’s Search for Meaning is a 1946 book by Viktor Frankl chronicling his experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, and describing his psychotherapeutic method, which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positive about, and then immersively imagining that outcome.

A book that teaches about “Not loosing hope even under the worst conditions”

Man’s Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust
Man’s Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust

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4.LIFE OF PI-

Life of Pi is a Canadian philosophical novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist is Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, an Indian Tamil boy from Pondicherry who explores issues of spirituality and metaphysics from an early age.

Another excellent book on “HOPE”

Life of Pi: Winner of the Man Booker Prize
Life of Pi: Winner of the Man Booker Prize

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5.YOUR BRAIN ON PORN-

Your Brain on Porn by Wilson provides a concise introduction to the phenomenon of internet porn addiction that draws on both first-person accounts and the findings of cognitive neuroscience.

A BOOK that exposes the dirty side of the internet.

Your Brain on Porn: Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction
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6.ANIMAL FARM-

A book by Orwell,The book tells the story of a group of farm animals who rebel against their human farmer, hoping to create a society where the animals can be equal, free, and happy.A short read.

A masterpiece.

Animal Farm

7.1984-

Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Novel, often referred to as 1984, is a dystopian social science fiction novel by English novelist George Orwell.

Book equally hated by extreme communists and extreme capitalists alike lol.

Only Orwell can pull out such a feat.

1984, Animal Farm (Set of 2 Books)
1984, Animal Farm (Set of 2 Books)

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8.12 RULE FOR LIFE-

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos is a 2018 self-help book by Canadian clinical psychologist and psychology professor Jordan Peterson.

12 set of rules that can change the way you live profoundly!

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

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9.THE MONK WHO SOLD HIS FERRARI-

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is a self-help book by Robin Sharma, a writer and motivational speaker. The book is a business fable derived from Sharma’s personal experiences after leaving his career as a litigation lawyer at the age of 25.

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10.THINK AND GROW RICH-

Think and Grow Rich is the combined wisdom from more than 500 of America’s most successful individuals.

Their insights were then narrowed down into 13 principles and contribute to what Hill refers to as an overall “Philosophy of Achievement.

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THE RISE OF HITLER TO POWER-A TIMELINE (PART 2)

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 THE RISE OF HITLER (PART TWO)

1923-

The Beer Hall Putsch-

On November 8–9, 1923, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party led a coalition group in an attempt to overthrow the German government. The plotters hoped to march on Berlin to launch a national revolution.

But their plan failed miserably.

Early Nazis who participated in the attempt to seize power during the 1923 Putsch


1924-

Hitler was convicted of treason and sentenced to five years in prison. He spent less than a year behind bars, during which time he dictated “Mein Kampf,” his political autobiography.

READ ABOUT GANDHI’S LETTER’S TO HITLER

The putsch was a massive failure but Hitler’s Trial turned him into a National Figure.

On 4th May, The NSDAP contests the Reichstag elections for the first time, winning a total of 24 seats. Not enough to be a powerful force, But it was good enough nonetheless.

1925-

Hitler declares the reformulation of the Nazi Party (NSDAP) with himself as leader (Führer). He makes the declaration at the Bürgerbräukeller in Munich, the beer hall where he led his aborted coup against the democratically elected government in 1923.

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1926-

By the beginning of 1926, Hitler had overcome any remaining rivals within the Nazi Party and assumed the title of supreme leader. Ideological differences and infighting between factions of the Nazi Party were resolved by Hitler through his considerable powers of personal oratory skills.

1927-

Official films for the rallies began in 1927, with the establishment of the NSDAP (Nazi Party) film office.

1928-

Nazi’s fail miserably in the elections by just tallying 12 seats.

End Of Nazism and Hitler?

You know it’s not.

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1929-

Josef Goebbels is appointed head of the NSDAP propaganda department. Another Reichstag election sees a dramatic boost in NSDAP seats, from 14 to 107.

All thanks to Propaganda.

READ ABOUT THE PROPAGANDA POSTER’S USED BY NAZI’S

The Great Depression hits the Germans very hard.

Germans are extremely angry with the Government.

And as we know extreme ideology parties(left or right) grow in these conditions.

1930-

Nazi’s get 18% of the Votes in the 1930’s elections. Nazi’s start becoming a Power.

1932-

Nazis Fight hard, But Hidenburg Becomes the president again. But this time Hitler garnered almost 355 of the votes polled.

1933-

No government can be formed because of unstable coalition and hence no cabinet.

Lack of national unity and unstable Cabinet made The president Hidenburg to make Hitler The Chancellor Of Weimar Republic.

Hidenburg hated Hitler, But he did this for National Unity.

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February 1933-

The Reichstag Fire-

The Reichstag fire was an arson attack on the Reichstag building, home of the German parliament in Berlin, on Monday 27 February 1933, precisely four weeks after Adolf Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany.

Hitler blamed it on the communists and persuaded the president to suspend civil rights(yes the president had such a huge power)to maintain stability.

On March, The Nazis accumulate 44% of the Votes, Not enough to form a government, But they became the largest voted party.

With Coalitions, They form the Government.

March 1933-

THE ENABLING ACT

The Enabling Act allowed the Reich government to issue laws without the consent of Germany’s parliament, laying the foundation for the complete Nazification of German society.

July 1933-

On 14 July 1933 Germany became a one-party state decreeing the Nazi Party to be the sole legal party in Germany.

All other parties were made illegal.This was the point where Hitler held all the powers.

This was the point Germany fell under Dictatorship.

What followed were the greatest crimes in Modern Human History.

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You can Never take Neitczhe out of Nazism

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 You can take Nazism out of Neitczhe, but you can never take Neitczhe out of Nazism.

Dheeraj Mohan

 It isn’t that surprising that the German philosopher influenced the Nazis because he has influenced the whole world but none more than the Nazis, who believed that the Aryan race was the Ubermensch described by Neitczhe.

Neitczhe never was a Nazi and neither did he share their ideology

He wasn’t even a nihilist as many believe him to be. He merely believed that Nihilism was a point in the journey to become the Ubermensch or the Supermen. 

He believed that the men of the future would be able to make thier own morals and will not be controlled by dead ideals. His famous claim “God is dead” says that the people who have killed the god have broken their chains and have become higher beings. People who are aware of what was.

The Nazis in contradiction believed the very German people were the Ubermensch and thus wanted to create a world of their own “Supermen”. 

It shows how a harmless philosophy can be bent into dogmas by individuals.

Neitczhe on the other hand died in solitude and become acknowledged only after his death.

Image-Nazi Depiction of the “Ubermensch

Written By-Dheeraj Mohan

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TEDDY BEAR AND THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT


TEDDY BEAR AND THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT


The ‘teddy bear’ is named after U.S. President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt.


 Theodore Roosevelt Jr., often referred to as Teddy or his initials T. R., was an American statesman, conservationist, naturalist, historian, and writer, who served as the 26th  President of the United States from 1901 to 1909.

Roosevelt was also the first President to win a Nobel Peace Prize.


In 1902, President Roosevelt participated in a bear-hunting trip in Mississippi. During the
trip,the guides clubbed a bear and tied it to a tree then invited the president to shoot it.


Instead of shooting the tied bear, Roosevelt  declared the behavior of the other hunters “unsportsmanlike” and refused to shoot the bear.The news of “The President not shooting the bear’ became a senstional news and spread across the country.

Many newspapers around the country featured political cartoons starring “Teddy” and “the bear.”
Image-The Washington Post which shows the incident with a small title-“Drawing the lines in Mississippi”

This news reached to a shop owner named Morris Michtom in New York who saw one of the cartoons and had an idea. Michtom and his wife created soft and plush stuffed bears and placed them in the front window of their shop. 

With the permission from Roosevelt, Michtom named the bears “Teddy bears.” Hence came the name “Teddy Bears”.They went on to become a massive success.

Roosevelt also used the “teddy bear” icon in his re-election campaigns.

Image-Teddy with a Teddy

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#Trending Kerala,Boris Johnson and an Elephant! [Weird Modern History #2]

Weird Modern History #2

Boris Johnson and his relations with elephants in Kerala!

Boris came to Kerala in 2003.During his visit,He visited a temple in kerala for a marriage function.

Over there,An elephant named ‘Gopalan’ as well as The temple elephant was present.

The temple elephant ran towards the wedding procession and many were given a few bruises except Boris who miraculously escaped.

Minister S Krishnakumar who hosted the UK Prime Minister-designate in south India way back in 2003 quoted that-

“In Hindu philosophy, it is said that if you escape a temple elephant’s fury, the worst part of your life is over and your future is very bright”.

Look where he is now

The PM of Britian!

The words of Krishnakumar proved to be true for Boris Johnson!

Links-Did Kerala’s ‘rogue elephant’ prove lucky for Boris Johnson?

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The Australian Irresponsibility [Weird Modern History #1]


 

Weird Modern History #1

Presenting you the brand new Australian Dollar,

Looks cool.

How is this embarrassing?

Let’s zoom it in.

More zooming in.

Look at the spelling of ‘Responsibility’!.It is printed as ‘Responsibilty’!

And guess what?

46 million notes were printed with this same typo!


Another weird fact is that It took more than six months for someone with a good magnifying glass to spot the typo.


And by the way,these notes are still valid.



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Propaganda Posters used By Nazis

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 The Propaganda used by the German Nazi Germany in the years leading up to and during Adolf Hitler’s  leadership of Germany (1933–1945) was a crucial instrument for acquiring and maintaining power, and for the implementation of Nazi Policies.

The Nazis effectively used propaganda to win the support of millions of Germans in a democracy and, later in a dictatorship, to facilitate persecution, war, and ultimately genocide. The stereotypes and images found in Nazi propaganda were not new, but were already familiar to their intended audience.

Here are some gruesome posters made by Nazis for flooding out propaganda to seed hatred towards people other than “Aryans”-

This poster from a eugenics exhibition in the 1930s reads, “Sterilization is Liberation, Not a Punishment.” Three handicapped children are also pictured with the caption, “Who would want to be responsible for this?”

60,000 Reich marks. What this person suffering from is hereditary defects costs the People’s community during his lifetime. Comrade, that is your money too.

Nazi propaganda slide contrasting how far 5.50 German Marks will go. The cost of feeding one person with a hereditary disease for one day is the same as it would cost to feed an entire family of healthy Germans.

A poster showing the belief that the “inferiority traits” are passed on more easily than “high value traits”.


One thing that shudders me the most is these posters are not even a century old.


Lets hope these type of cruelty never happen again.


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Books Read By Gandhi

 

Gandhi is the one of the most influential person of the last century.

Surely the books he have read would have influenced in some manner.

Gandhi is said to have read tons of books during his lifetime,While we cant include all the books he read in his entire lifetime,we can do the same in parts of 10 books each.

Here are 10 books read by Gandhi, and maybe you should too-

1.A TALE OF 2 CITIES-

A tale of 2 cities was written by Charles Dickens.

A Tale of Two Cities is an 1859 historical novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The novel tells the story of the French Doctor Manette, his 18-year-long imprisonment in the Bastille in Paris and his release to live in London with his daughter Lucie, whom he had never met. The story is set against the conditions that led up to the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror

Gandhi is said to have liked the writing style of charles dickens and also liked the book.

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2. THE TRIAL AND DEATH OF SOCRATES-

Written during the ancient times by Plato,Gandhi paraphrased the work as: ‘Story of A Soldier of Truth’ and published it in his newspaper Indian Opinion, and even translated it into Gujarati.

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The Greatest Human Being Of the 20th Century

Many still consider Gandhi only cared for Indians.

Gandhi actually cared for everyone.

Gandhi was the one who lead the Non-Cooperation and Civil Disobedience Movement.

During This time huge heaps of clothes manufactured by Brithisher’s were burned.

And Lanchshire was the site of the world’s premier cotton-goods industry. The weaving towns of the region had flourished through trade aided by British Empire ensuring a ready supply of cheap, raw cotton.

Hence Gandhi went to Britain to visit the mills and apologize to the workers.

The British Weavers never let him Apologize and actually supported the boycott of British woven clothes.

The Darwen News, September 26, 1931 Quoted-

A crowd numbering three to four thousand people assembled at Darwen Station … when the train was heard to be entering the station, there was babel of eager voices, and every eye was focused on the station exit, but hopes were quickly dashed to the ground and the crowd was greatly disappointed when the first passenger to see the gathering shouted, “You all can go home. He got off at Spring Vale”.

 


Image- Gandhi Jayanti 2018: “‘Three cheers for Mr Gandeye, hip, hip … Hurrah!’, shouted the crowd, and then again and once more, for the third and loudest time…” 

Watch this beautiful video where Gandhi meets the British workers-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCKGmIBxwYw

Gandhi is not only for India a hero of national history, whose legendary memory will be enshrined in the millennial epoch. -Gandhi has renewed, for all the peoples of the West, the message of their Christ, forgotten or betrayed.
-Romain Rolland

Gandhi cared for everyone.

He is the greatest human being of the 21st Century.


                             A Beautiful Image

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Your Sincere Friend,Gandhi

 

Image-Gandhi on the left,Hitler on the right

Gandhi wrote  2 letters to Hitler and Hitler never replied to them simply because he never got any of them in the first place

Both the letters were intercepted by the Britishers.

It would have been interesting to know what would happen if Hitler would have read the 2 letters written by Gandhi.

Following are the two letter written by Gandhi to Hitler-

Letter to Adolf Hitler, 1939

As AT WARDHA,
C.P.,
INDIA,
July 23, 1939

DEAR FRIEND,

Friends have been urging me to write to you for the sake of humanity. But I have resisted their request, because of the feeling that any letter from me would be an impertinence. Something tells me that I must not calculate and that I must make my appeal for whatever it may be worth. It is quite clear that you are today the one person in the world who can prevent a war which may reduce humanity to the savage state. Must you pay that price for an object however worthy it may appear to you to be? Will you listen to the appeal of one who has deliberately shunned the method of war not without considerable success? Anyway I anticipate your forgiveness, if I have erred in writing to you.

I remain,

Your sincere friend,

HERR HITLER

BERLIN GERMANY


Letter to Adolf Hitler, 1940

WARDHA,

December 24, 1940

DEAR FRIEND,

That I address you as a friend is no formality. I own no foes. My business in life has been for the past 33 years to enlist the friendship of the whole of humanity by befriending mankind, irrespective of race, colour or creed. 

I hope you will have the time and desire to know how a good portion of humanity who have been living under the influence of that doctrine of universal friendship view your action. 

We have no doubt about your bravery or devotion to your fatherland, nor do we believe that you are the monster described by your opponents. But your own writings and pronouncements and those of your friends and admirers leave no room for doubt that many of your acts are monstrous and unbecoming of human dignity, especially in the estimation of men like me who believe in universal friendliness. Such are your humiliation of Czechoslovakia, the rape of Poland and the swallowing of Denmark. 

I am aware that your view of life regards such spoliations as virtuous acts. But we have been taught from childhood to regard them as acts degrading humanity. Hence we cannot possibly wish success to your arms. But ours is a unique position. We resist British Imperialism no less than Nazism. If there is a difference, it is in degree.

 One-fifth of the human race has been brought under the British heel by means that will not bear scrutiny. Our resistance to it does not mean harm to the British people. We seek to convert them, not to defeat them on the battle-field. Ours is an unarmed revolt against the British rule. But whether we convert them or not, we are determined to make their rule impossible by non-violent non-co-operation. It is a method in its nature indefensible. It is based on the knowledge that no spoliator can compass his end without a certain degree of co-operation, willing or compulsory, of the victim. 

Our rulers may have our land and bodies but not our souls. They can have the former only by complete destruction of every Indian-man, woman and child. That all may not rise to that degree of heroism and that a fair amount of frightfulness can bend the back of revolt is true but the argument would be beside the point. For, if a fair number of men and women be found in India who would be prepared without any ill will against the spoliators to lay down their lives rather than bend the knee to them, they would have shown the way to freedom from the tyranny of violence. 

I ask you to believe me when I say that you will find an unexpected number of such men and women in India. They have been having that training for the past 20 years. We have been trying for the past half a century to throw off the British rule. The movement of independence has been never so strong as now. The most powerful political organization, I mean the Indian National Congress, is trying to achieve this end. We have attained a very fair measure of success through nonviolent effort. We were groping for the right means to combat the most organized violence in the world which the British power represents. You have challenged it. It remains to be seen which is the better organized, the German or the British. 

We know what the British heel means for us and the non-European races of the world. But we would never wish to end the British rule with German aid. We have found in non-violence a force which, if organized, can without doubt match itself against a combination of all the most violent forces in the world. In nonviolent technique, as I have said, there is no such thing as defeat. It is all ‘do or die’ without killing or hurting. It can be used practically without money and obviously without the aid of science of destruction which you have brought to such perfection. It is a marvel to me that you do not see that it is nobody’s monopoly. If not the British, some other power will certainly improve upon your method and beat you with your own weapon. You are leaving no legacy to your people of which they would feel proud. They cannot take pride in a recital of cruel deed, however skilfully planned. I, therefore, appeal to you in the name of humanity to stop the war.

 You will lose nothing by referring all the matters of dispute between you and Great Britain to an international tribunal of your joint choice. If you attain success in the war, it will not prove that you were in the right. It will only prove that your power of destruction was greater. Whereas an award by an impartial tribunal will show as far as it is humanly possible which party was in the right. You know that not long ago I made an appeal to every Briton to accept my method of non-violent resistance. I did it because the British know me as a friend though a rebel. I am a stranger to you and your people. I have not the courage to make you the appeal I made to every Briton. Not that it would not apply to you with the same force as to the British. 

But my present proposal is much simple because much more practical and familiar. During this season when the hearts of the peoples of Europe yearn for peace, we have suspended even our own peaceful struggle. Is it too much to ask you to make an effort for peace during a time which may mean nothing to you personally but which must mean much to the millions of Europeans whose dumb cry for peace I hear, for my ears are attuned to hearing the dumb millions? I had intended to address a joint appeal to you and Signor Mussolini, whom I had the privilege of meeting when I was in Rome during my visit to England as a delegate to the Round Table Conference. I hope that he will take this as addressed to him also with the necessary changes.

I am,

Your sincere friend,

M.K. GANDHI

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MUST READ BOOKS

 1.MY EXPERIMENTS WITH TRUTH.




Mahatma Gandhi, as he is known by his followers with reverence, preached the philosophy of non-violence which has become even more relevant today. His commitment to non-violence and satyagraha (peaceful resistance) gave hope to marginalized sections of India.

In his own words,

“It is not my purpose to attempt a real autobiography. I simply want to tell the story of mynumerous experiments with truth, and as my life consists of nothing but those experiments, it is true that the story will take the shape of an autobiography. […] Identification with everything that lives is impossible without self-purification; without selfpurification, the observance of the law of Ahimsa must remain an empty dream; God can never be realised by one who is not pure of heart. Self-purification, therefore, must mean purification in all walks of life. And purification being highly infectious, purification of oneself necessarily leads to the purification of one’s surroundings. But the path to self-purification is hard and steep. To attain perfect purity, one has to become absolutely passion-free in thought, speech and action; to rise above the opposing currents of love and hatred, attachment and repulsion. I know that I have not in me as yet the triple purity, in spite of constant ceaseless striving for it. That is why the world’s praise fails to move me; indeed it very often stings me. To conquer the subtle passions seems to me far harder than the physical conquest of the world by the force of arms. Ever since my return to India, I have had experiences of the dormant passions lying hidden within me. The knowledge of them has made me feel humiliated though not defeated. The experiences and experiments have sustained me and given me great joy. But I know I still have before me a difficult path to traverse. I must reduce myself to zero. So long as a man does not of his own free will put himself last among his fellow creatures, there is no salvation for him. Ahimsa is the farthest limit of humility. — Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

This book changed my view towards him and on some extent towards life too.

I used to think Gandhi was just another over rated guy in town.Reading this book destroyed my earlier perception I had on him.

No wonder Einstein said –

Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.

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2. INDIA AFTER GANDHI.


“If you do not know where you come from, then you don’t know where you are, and if you don’t know where you are, then you don’t know where you’re going. And if you don’t know where you’re going, you’re probably going wrong.

— Terry Pratchett”

This is the perfect travelling companion for anyone who wishes to understand this great country. India has 1.2 billion people, 22 official languages, a mixture of religions.

When Churchill said this-

“India is merely a geographical expression. It is no more a single country than the Equator.”

Everyone thought India would be divided after the british left.But it remained intact.

Well how did a country having the most diverse states did not divide and collapse under its own weight?

Read this book to find out.

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3.SAPIENS


Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is one of the most informative and interesting books I have ever read. This book has changed the way I see things.

It shows why humans rule the earth and not some other animal. This book covers almost everything humans did to reach at the top.

Sapiens book at a low price.

I bought the combo (Sapiens+Homo Deus) 

Sapiens+Homo Deus.

4.Mein Kampf-

Mein Kampf is a 1925 autobiographical manifesto by Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler. The work describes the process by which Hitler became antisemitic and outlines his political ideology and future plans for Germany.

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Luftwaffe and The Big Ben

 

Recently while reading Yuval Noah Harari’s  Sapiens I found an interesting excrept from it.

During World War Two, BBC News was broadcast to Nazi-occupied Europe. Each news programme opened with a live broadcast of The Big Ben tolling the hour — the magical sound of freedom. 

The Genius German physicists found a way to determine the weather conditions in London based on tiny differences in the tone of the broadcast ding-dongs.


Image-The most famous clock, The Big Ben.

This information offered invaluable help to the Luftwaffe.

Luftwaffe is a generic German term for an air force. It was also the official name for the Nazi air force founded in 1935. Led by Hermann Goering, it became the largest and most powerful in Europe by the start of World War Two.


Image-The Luftwaffe soaring above the grounds during WW2.

The Luftwaffe could now use the information of the weather in London to make valuable decisions in the war.

 When the British Secret Service discovered this, they replaced the live broadcast with a set recording of the famous clock.

The World War 2 was not only fought physical grounds,but also on mental grounds too.

Unrelated- Check out Sapiens,Its undoubtedly the best book I have come across.The book set I bought (Sapiens and Homo Deus) at a low price is available at  Amazon.Do check it out.

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AVOIDING DICTATORSHIPS.

Russian President Stalin once brought a chicken to the Russian Parliament and started plucking out it’s feather’s one at a time.

The chicken was crying out in pain and agony.

After Stalin completely plucked out the poor chicken’s feather’s, He threw it down and threw some grains on the floor.

The chicken slowly pecked the grains thrown at it one by one.

After some time, Stalin took out some grains from his pocket and to the surprise of everyone the chicken started pecking the grains which Stalin held in his hands and it began to follow him around the room.

Those were the same hand’s which inflicted the unimaginable pain on the chicken.

Stalin then turned to the people and said, “People are like this chicken. It doesn’t matter how much pain you inflict on them. The moment you offer them what they need, they will still follow you and turn to you for their survival.”


So, What’s the lesson one should definitely learn from this anecdote?

Don’t be fooled by the same person twice.

This short story is applicable to politician’s too, On how they inflict pain on the citizens and at the end throw some freebies to the citizen’s.

And these citizen’s forget about the pain inflicted previously and re-elect them again.

So don’t be that citizen. .Don’t be a part of the mob. Try to think on your own feet.

When we cultivate these habit’s we truly develop a country and be a true patriot.

Because patriotism is supporting your country all the time and the government when it deserves it.

By thinking properly we can avoid dictatorship’s like Stalin or Hitler. The citizen’s never saw what was coming until it was too late.


(The anecdote may or may not be true, What matter’s is the value it provides.)

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SIMILARITIES BETWEEN GANDHI AND HITLER

 Similarities between Gandhi and Hitler.

 Strict Vegetarian’s.

Gandhi was a vegetarian, So was Adolf Hitler.

Gandhi believed vegetarianism was a part of his commitment to ahimsa, the cornerstone of his politics. Eating meat meant doing violence to animals, who, he believed, had spirits and souls.

Hitler identified himself as a strict vegetarian .Hitler was a vegetarian because of his concern for animal suffering, noting that he was often distressed by images of animal cruelty and sufferings.

Hitler once said -“One thing I can predict to eaters of meat: the world of the future will be vegetarian.”

Image- Gandhi having some food with several others

Image- Hitler having some food with his fellow Nazi’s


Death by bullet’s.

Gandhi died due to gunshot’s from his assassin ,Hitler too died by gun (suicide).

Gandhi died on 30 January 1948 in New Delhi assassinated by Nathuram Godse, 3 years after the death of Hitler.

Hitler died on 30 April 1945 at his bunker in Berlin, Germany.

They both died on the same decade.


Love for Animals.

Gandhi was against the ill treatment done on animals. Gandhi said that “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Nazi Germany under Germany was the first state in the world to place the wolf under protection. Hitler is said to have loved his dog Blondi more than his mistress Eva Braun.

Hitler and his love for animals.

Image- Gandhi tending the goats.

Image- Hitler tending a fawn.


Voracious Readers.

Gandhi read a lot of book’s and he himself as authored some too.

Books Read by Gandhi

Hitler too read ton’s of books. In 1945 the Allied found around 16,000 which were thought to be Hitler’s property.

Hitler’s Intelligence

Image- Gandhi reading some papers.

Image- Hitler at his Library.

Both had a share of similarities.

But one went on to be regarded as the greatest human being to have ever lived.

Einstein on Gandhi-

‘Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth’

While the other went on to become one of the most cruel human being of all time.

Image- The Infamous concentration camp at Auschwitz.

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GODWIN’S LAW AND HITLER

 GODWIN’S LAW

Godwin’s Law is an internet adage asserting that

 “As an online discussion grows longer, The probability of comparison involving Nazis or Adolf Hitler approaches the probability of 1”

In simple terms,”if you mention Adolf Hitler or Nazis within a discussion thread, you’ve automatically ended whatever discussion you were taking part in.”

As you can see in the above picture as the time of the internet discussion increases, The probability of a Hitler reference is very close to being fully possible!

ORIGIN OF GODWIN’S LAW-

The Godwin’s Law was formulated by the American attorney and author Mike Godwin in 1990.

Mike Godwin initially refered it to Usenet NewsGroup Discussions.(For those who don’t Know What Usernet is,It is simply a forum almost similar to reddit)

Read About Hitler and his relationship with his dog blondi here-.Hitler and Blondi

Fun Fact:In 2012,The Term “Godwin’s Law” was added to the Oxford Dictionary.

So,Is the Godwin’s Law True?,I found out Mike Godwin’s answer which was published on 2014,It was as Follows-

Although Godwin’s Law is framed as a probability statement, its purpose is to make people think twice before following the rhetorical line of least resistance and escalating their arguments to comparisons that trivialize the impact of the Nazis and the Holocaust. In short, its purpose is to trigger (insistently) a reader’s historical awareness and perspective, especially in contexts where perspective has otherwise been lost. So why frame it as a kind of statistical or natural law? Because the kinds of people who reflexively bring up Hitler or Nazis in order to trash the argument or opponent du jour hate to discover that they’re merely instantiating a lazy intellectual tendency so common that it seems like a natural law — they would rather think of themselves as free-willed, independent thinkers.

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 Below is a a chart which shows the probability of using a Hitler reference increases as the number of comments increases on any sub-reddit.

Isn’t that pretty interesting?!

So the next time you see an internet discussion going way too long and deep expect a Hitler reference real soon!

 

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IF HITLER WERE ALIVE TODAY

 IF HITLER WERE ALIVE TODAY

 Hitler- “How’s the economy of Germany doing?”

Me- “The GDP figure in 2020 was $3,806,073 million, Germany is placed 4th in the ranking of GDP of the 196 countries.

Hitler – “Why Not NUMBER 1!!”

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HITLER AND HIS DOG BLONDI

 HITLER AND HIS DOG BLONDI

Hitler was informed that the soviets are fast approaching to their area. Since then he made plans to kill himself .He didn’t want to leave the dog alive to the soviets.

When Hitler decided to kill himself using cynide capsules, He wanted to check it’s effectiveness. For this he first tested it on his dog Blondi and the dog died as a result.

Since then Hitler became completely inconsolable.

Hitler was so obsessed with his Dog that the Fuhrer would allow Blondi to sleep in his bed, and kept her with him almost all the time from 1941 to 1945.

IMAGE-Hitler with his Dog.

 

It is said that Hitler loved his dog Blondi more than his mistress Eva Braun. (Eva Braun’s close aides have reported to have seen her kicking the dog when Hitler was not around)

IMAGE- Eva Braun, Hitler and his Dog Blondi.

 

Nazis already had an affinity towards animals.

 

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Nazi’s and their love for Animals

On 1934, The Reich Hunting Law was enacted which limited hunting. The act also created the German Hunting Society with a mission to educate the hunting community in ethical hunting.

Nazi Germany was also the first state in the world to place the wolf under protection.

IMAGE-Hitler tending a young fawn

In Nazi Germany, people who mistreated their pets could be sentenced to two years in jail. The Nazis banned docking the ears and tails of dogs without anesthesia.

Fun Fact: The current animal welfare laws in Germany were initially introduced by the Nazis.

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Hitler was said to be a vegetarian throughout his life, There is no real reason to why he became a vegetarian. (maybe because he hated killing, lol).

In 1942, he self-identified as a vegetarian (Some modern-day analyses have speculated that Hitler’s vegetarianism may have been for health reasons)

Göring (Hitler’s main man) banned commercial animal trapping and imposed severe restrictions on hunting.

He prohibited boiling of lobsters and crabs. In one incident, he sent a fisherman to a concentration camp for cutting up a bait frog.

 

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IMAGE- Herman Göring with his pet cub.

Nazi Germany enacted another law called Reich Animal Protection Act. This law prohibited the use of animals for film-making or any such activities which could cause mental or physical pain to animals.

Propaganda posters used by Nazis

In 1936, a special law was passed regarding the correct way of dispatching lobsters and crabs and thus mitigating their painful deaths.

When the Nazi’s were busy killing Jew’s in the concentration camp’s, They made laws to protect the suffering of lobsters which were killed for food in Berlin hotels.

Oh the irony!

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Hitler’s Death,Stalin and Käthe Heusermann

Hitler’s Death,Stalin and Käthe Heusermann

 

 

 

 

While we often talk about many characters in the WW2,There are some people like Käthe Heusermann who requires some light into her life.Let us try to know more about Käthe Heusermann so that she never falls behind the shadows and be lost on history forever.
 
1945,May 1.
 
The battle by the Soviet’s is bearing fruits, They have almost succeeded in capturing Berlin as the Germans have still not surrendered.
 
Soon they reach the Fuhrer’s bunker ,Their main goal was to capture Hitler himself. USSR knew Hitler was the main fish to catch.
 
But the soldiers of the Soviet Union could see just 6 Children’s dead bodies.
 
Dead Bodies of 5 little girls and a small Boy. They were  the children of Joseph Goebbels ,the  Nazi Propaganda Minister. 
 
 
Soon Goebbels body was also found.
 
But Where was Hitler’s body?
 
Hitler’s body was burned already due to Petrol. Only the teeth became the most important way to identify the remains. It was almost impossible to recognize Hitler’s body
 
But 2 woman made it possible to identify Hitler’s remains.
 
One was Elena Kagan who was a Russian Jew .(She later changed her name to Elena Rzhevskaya)
 
She was appointed by the Soviets for her skills with the German language. 
 

Hitler’s gold bridge and lower jaw were put in a box and given to Elena for safekeeping mostly because she was trustworthy.

                         Adolf Hitler’s teeth. (Russian State Archives)

Elena Rzhevskaya was just 25 years old in  1945 when she carried a box of the Nazi dictator’s teeth around war-torn Berlin in search of an expert who could confirm that the teeth had belonged to Hitler.

 
 

The team comprising of USSR officers and Elena herself tracked down Hitler’s personal dentist, Dr. Hugo Blaschke and his assistant, Käthe Heusermann.

 

Hitler’s persona dentist Hugo Blaschke was not available at that time,So Kathe Heusermann was interviewed many times because she was present at all times when Hitler visited the clinic.

 

She was able to identify Hitler from his teeth because he had had extensive dental work.

 

(By the end of his life, Hitler had very few of his own teeth left, and most of them had crowns. The remaining teeth were prosthetic and were held together with bridges.)

 

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She was made to draw the sketch on how Hitler’s teeth looked.

And Guess What?

The drawings perfectly matched to the tooth remains Elena had.

 

 

The sketch of Hitler‘s teeth, drawn from memory by dental assistant Käthe Heusermann,
 
The above image was taken from Yelena Rzhevskaya’s book Memoirs of a Wartime Interpreter: From the Battle for Moscow to Hitler’s Bunker.
 

 P. CHARLIER ET AL., FIGURE 1, EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INTERNAL MEDICINE

 
Stalin  never disclosed the death of Hitler to the Allies.
 

He never disclosed it because he never trusted the West in the first place. 

 

Moreover, A secret is always advantageous. Stalin knew what other major leaders of the globe at that time did not know.

 

And hence Soviet leader Joseph Stalin decided that Hitler’s suicide and the story about how his body was discovered should be a military secret.

In Elena Rzhevskaya memoirs, she writes: “I was absolutely convinced that we, along with all gathered information and key witnesses, will be sent to Moscow”. “I was sure that in a few days, the whole world will know that we had found Hitler’s corpse”.

 However, Stalin decided otherwise. Viktor Abakumov, the chief of SMERSH, later told Gorbushin that Stalin became familiar with the circumstances of the case and decided not to publicize anything. “We remain in capitalist encirclement,” he stated. Rzhevskaya and the other collaborators were told by Gorbushin: “Forget what you just heard”.

 

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Hence Käthe Heusermann was deported to the Soviet Union in July, 1945, and after interrogation in Lubyanka and Lefortovo prisons, she was sentenced to ten years imprisonment. 

According to the decision of the court: “… by her participation in Hitler’s dental treatment, she voluntarily helped a bourgeois state prolong the war“.

 

 Käthe Heusermann was sent to the gulag, where she spent 10 years, including six years in solitary confinement.


Why was she sent to the Gulags?

 

Her fault was that she was a witness of Hitler’s death and that was a secret.As written above ,Stalin did not want the truth that Hitler died to be let out in the world.

 

The Soviets also told her that by helping to fix Hitler’s teeth she contributed to the continuation of the war, and that she should have hit him on the head with a bottle.

 

But the reason for sending Käthe Heusermann to the Gulags was,as written above, The secret should be protected at all costs.

 

The Gulag life was a hell for Käthe Heusermann like everyone else.

 

She was loaded into a cattle truck for the 2,800-mile trip to a labor camp in central Siberia. 

 

Years in solitary made Käthe Heusermann too weak to meet her work quota and therefore her food rations were cut. She got food only during the mid-days. 

 

Käthe Heusermann barely survived.

 

By 1955, Stalin had died and West Germany negotiated the return of

 German prisoners.Käthe Heusermann went home to

 Berlin. 

 

Her soldier fiancé had married in her absence. She went back into dentistry and died in 1993.

 

Käthe Heusermann

Elena Rzhevskaya published several books about her wartime experiences. But it took her 50 years of research in the USSR’s secret archives to uncover the monstrous truth of what her nation had done to her star witness — Käthe Heusermann and to reveal that Stalin had deliberately hidden the proof of Hitler’s death.

Elena in her book Memoirs of a Wartime Interpreter: From the Battle for Moscow to Hitler’s Bunker quotes “If we had not found Käthe … Hitler, as Stalin wanted, would have remained a myth and a mystery,” .“But what suffering we had unwittingly doomed Käthe Heusermann to endure.”

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Käthe Heusermann had to suffer for years in prison,Lost her Husband and almost died in the Gulags.

 

On the other hand Elena Rzhevskaya resided in Moscow where she continued her career as a writer. She was allowed to publish her memoirs in the 1960s. In 2018 Greenhill Books published the first English language edition of her memoirs.

 

She died on 25 April 2017, aged 97.

 

Elena Rzhevskaya (Courtesy Liubov Summ)

Yelena Rzhevskaya’s book Memoirs of a Wartime Interpreter: From the Battle for Moscow to Hitler’s Bunker.

 

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 In ancient India,Lust was used to kill people who were going for wars. 
The blood of Visha Kanya was poisonous to others.But it does not affect them.
The story goes that young girls were raised on a carefully crafted diet of poison and antidote from a very young age, a practice referred to as mithridatism
Although many would not survive, those that did were immune to other poisons and their body fluids would be poisonous to others; sexual contact would thus be lethal to other humans.
 
There also exists a myth that says a Visha Kanya can cause instant death with just a touch.
 
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Some Sanskrit sources narrate that a Visha Kanya was sent by Nanda’s minister Amatyarakshasa to kill Chandragupta Maurya and Chanakya diverted them to kill Parvatak. 
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THE MOST CRUEL NAZI

 Josef Mengele, most (in)famously known as the Angel Of Death.

Disturbing Content Ahead. Viewer Discretion is Advised.

Josef Mengele used the Auschwitz camp for his medical experiments and Auschwitz was fairly a good place for him, considering its location and railways which had a stop there from all directions of Europe.

The scariest part was that he loved this job more than anything else.

On the first day of his visit, He sent 1035 Gypsies directly to the Gas Chambers. He also saw the new arrivals at the camp and almost 80 percent of them were killed immediately after their arrival.

“Selection” of Hungarian Jews on the ramp at Birkenau , May/June 1944.

On Important Jewish Days he would send 1000’s of Jews to be gasses just to satisfy his sadistic pleasure. All children below the age of 14 as well as the old were killed instantly under the demand of Mengele.

He was reported to have said the following words- “Here the Jews enter through the doors and leave trough the chimneys”

He also had the passion for scientific research and loved to do experiments on the prisoners of Auschwitz. He ordered his guards to find people who were midgets, deformed, lame etc.

However the most prized objects he considered were twins (especially if they were children).From his earliest days in his institution he had an obsession for twins. He believed that by studying twins he could discover the secrets to genetic manipulations.

It is said that he would often stand near the railways to lookout for twins among the new arrivals to the camps. At his time in Auschwitz he managed to find almost 1500 pairs of twins that were used for experiments, Out of this 1500 pairs, Only a 100 Pairs survived.

The newly arrived twins would be marched to the living quarters at Birkenau about 2 miles from the camp. There they lived in a very gruesome and horrendous conditions surrounded by starving people and rotting corpses.

After a while the were made to answer some questions regarding their name ethnic background as well as any health problems. These children then would be personally interviewed by Mengele himself would often take notes on what they had to say and he also kept a unique file for each of the children.

For the experimentation the children were bathed and dressed properly in pajamas and then taken to one of Mengele’s research laboratories. Here basic tests such as x-rays were taken (At this stage he made sure no child was mistreated and often was given sweets and talked reassuringly. This was done to gain the trust of the Children.

Image-Jewish twins kept alive in Auschwitz for use in Mengele’s medical experiments. The Red Army liberated these children in January 1945.

In other labs, experiments were taking place and no anesthesia was even given to the children. The pain inflicted on them were unimaginable (some experiments included removal of limbs, injecting dyes to the eyes, sterilization of girls and castration of boys without anesthesia.)

One Victim Quoted-“Mengele once supervised an operation where two gypsy twins were sewn together to make Siamese twins. Their hands became badly infected where the veins had been resected.”

Another surviving teen said-

“In another experiment pair of them and more than 100 other twins were given injections of bacteria that cause Noma disease – an infection of the mouth or genitals, which causes boils and often turns gangrenous. Some twins became feverish, and some died.”

Image-Child prisoners at Auschwitz, photographed on the orders of Josef Mengele

He also conducted the cruel endurance test. In this the child would be subjected to high voltage electricity until they passed out unconscious went into comma or died.

As soon as one of the twins dies, the other twin would be immediately killed in order to provide comparative data for study.

Pregnant ladies were often gassed in the chambers, On some occasions he personally delivered the babies only later to send them- both mother and child to be gassed.

On some occasions he would deliver the baby and tape the mothers breasts so that she couldn’t feed her baby and would helplessly cry while her baby slowly died of starvation.

Image-The photos on the left and in the centre show Mengele in 1938, the picture on the right was taken in 1956.

Just when you think how can a human go to more extreme cruelty, Mengele created more depressing and cruel method to kill children. Mengele once dug a pit at Birkenau and lit a fire and made 300 children (all under the age of 5) to be thrown into the pit.

What’s more scary is that unlike other Nazi’s, He did not drug himself using alcohol or any other substances to perform such horrendous crimes. He was conscious while performing such inhumane acts. (He was reported to be enthusiastic to afflict these cruel deeds.)

There is no scientific explanation for any of this horrendous crimes he did in the name of Science. Some doctors who assisted Mengele with these experiments later recalled that he did this out of pure sadism.

The most depressing part I feel is that he got to live out his life in peace in Brazil. Mengele is (in my opinion),The most cruel of all the Nazi’s and he literally got the easiest way out at the end and lived a good life in his terms.

Even if he was caught what would be the punishment which could be given to him that can be compared to all the horrendous crimes he did?

The Angel of Death, Josef Mengele.

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THE RISE OF HITLER TO POWER-A TIMELINE

Hitler Rise To Power Timeline

Hitler was just another unknown ordinary person in Germany in the 1920’s.Fast forward to 10 years, He became a full blown Dictator.

The Rise Of Hitler was slow and steady and was not an overnight receiving of power.

This Article has been divided into two Parts.

Part 1 between 1919 to 1923.

Part 2 between 1924 to 1933.

PART ONE (The Initial Rise to Power)

1919-

Germany looses WW1. Germany lost 3 million Germans due to the war. The country was forced to be a republic instead of a monarchy. The Germans could barely even see through the shambles the country was now in.

What was more humiliating was the Treaty Of Versailles not only blamed Germany for the war, But also demanded a heavy sum in the form of reparations (132 billion gold marks, or about $269 billion today.)

As I mentioned earlier, Germany was turned down into a Republic. This gave extreme powers to the president.

Hitler was serving the Army at this point of time .His current job was to spy the Germans Workers Party. Soon He becomes interested in the party (Because it was Anti-Communist + Anti-Capitalist+ Anti-Jewish) and joins it.

1920-

Hitler is now becoming increasingly famous in the Party. Mostly because of his excellent oration skills.

The Party is now renamed to Nationalist German Workers Party (NSDAP) or more (in)famously known as the Nazi Party.

Hitler Designed the logo inspired from the auspicious Hindu sign, The Swastika.

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1921-

Adolf Hitler is elected Vorsitzender (chairman) of the NSDAP with only one dissenting vote. NSDAP party membership was recorded at only 3,300.But soon it would rise manifold.

At this point of time,The Inflation of Germany Skyrocketed to trillions due to external and internal pressures.

Children made pyramids and played with the currency as it had no value to anyone.

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1922-

In the other side of Europe a new force in the name of Benito Mussolini emerged. Hitler gets inspired by Mussolini as he too was an extreme nationalist.

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1923-

Inflation becomes so bad that the Government fails to pay reparations to the Allies.

On the 9 January 1923, in response to the lack of payment of reparations, France and Belgium invaded the Ruhr.

The Ruhr was a region of Germany which contained resources such as factories. The French and Belgians intended to use these resources to make up for the unpaid reparations.

This was a massive humiliation for the Germans.

The extreme right Nazi Party got a membership between 40000 to 55000.

As Of now Hitler gets hold of the feelings of the German anger, Gets inspired by Mussolini and see the Economy in Shambles.

This was the perfect moment for him to rise to power.

This was the initial rise of Hitler.

THE RISE OF HITLER (PART TWO)

1923-

The Beer Hall Putsch-

On November 8–9, 1923, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party led a coalition group in an attempt to overthrow the German government. The plotters hoped to march on Berlin to launch a national revolution.

But their plan failed miserably.

Early Nazis who participated in the attempt to seize power during the 1923 Putsch

1924-

Hitler was convicted of treason and sentenced to five years in prison. He spent less than a year behind bars, during which time he dictated “Mein Kampf,” his political autobiography.

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The putsch was a massive failure but Hitler’s Trial turned him into a National Figure.

On 4th May, The NSDAP contests the Reichstag elections for the first time, winning a total of 24 seats. Not enough to be a powerful force, But it was good enough nonetheless.

1925-

Hitler declares the reformulation of the Nazi Party (NSDAP) with himself as leader (Führer). He makes the declaration at the Bürgerbräukeller in Munich, the beer hall where he led his aborted coup against the democratically elected government in 1923.

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1926-

By the beginning of 1926, Hitler had overcome any remaining rivals within the Nazi Party and assumed the title of supreme leader. Ideological differences and infighting between factions of the Nazi Party were resolved by Hitler through his considerable powers of personal oratory skills.

1927-

Official films for the rallies began in 1927, with the establishment of the NSDAP (Nazi Party) film office.

1928-

Nazi’s fail miserably in the elections by just tallying 12 seats.

End Of Nazism and Hitler?

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1929-

Josef Goebbels is appointed head of the NSDAP propaganda department. Another Reichstag election sees a dramatic boost in NSDAP seats, from 14 to 107.

All thanks to Propaganda.

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The Great Depression hits the Germans very hard.

Germans are extremely angry with the Government.

And as we know extreme ideology parties(left or right) grow in these conditions.

1930-

Nazi’s get 18% of the Votes in the 1930’s elections. Nazi’s start becoming a Power.

1932-

Nazis Fight hard, But Hidenburg Becomes the president again. But this time Hitler garnered almost 355 of the votes polled.

1933-

No government can be formed because of unstable coalition and hence no cabinet.

Lack of national unity and unstable Cabinet made The president Hidenburg to make Hitler The Chancellor Of Weimar Republic.

Hidenburg hated Hitler, But he did this for National Unity.

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February 1933-

The Reichstag Fire-

The Reichstag fire was an arson attack on the Reichstag building, home of the German parliament in Berlin, on Monday 27 February 1933, precisely four weeks after Adolf Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany.

Hitler blamed it on the communists and persuaded the president to suspend civil rights(yes the president had such a huge power)to maintain stability.

On March, The Nazis accumulate 44% of the Votes, Not enough to form a government, But they became the largest voted party.

With Coalitions, They form the Government.

March 1933-

THE ENABLING ACT

The Enabling Act allowed the Reich government to issue laws without the consent of Germany’s parliament, laying the foundation for the complete Nazification of German society.

July 1933-

On 14 July 1933 Germany became a one-party state decreeing the Nazi Party to be the sole legal party in Germany.

All other parties were made illegal.This was the point where Hitler held all the powers.

This was the point Germany fell under Dictatorship.

What followed were the greatest crimes in Modern Human History.

 

 

 

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9 UNHEARD AND UNUSUAL FACT’S ON NAZI GERMANY

Fact #1

Lebensborn was an SS-initiated, state-supported, registered association in Nazi Germany which was introduced with a goal to increase the Aryan children birth rate of persons classified as ‘racially pure’ and ‘healthy’ based on Nazi racial and health hygiene policy.

The Lebensborn program was designed by the SS to increase Germany’s declining birthrate. It was originally intended to provide pregnant “Aryan” women with financial assistance, adoption services, and a series of private maternity homes where they could give birth.

Fact #2

Nazi’s and their love for Animals

On 1934, The Reich Hunting Law was enacted which limited hunting. The act also created the German Hunting Society with a mission to educate the hunting community in ethical hunting.

Nazi Germany was also the first state in the world to place the wolf under protection.

IMAGE-Hitler tending a young fawn

In Nazi Germany, people who mistreated their pets could be sentenced to two years in jail. The Nazis banned docking the ears and tails of dogs without anesthesia.

Fun Fact: The current animal welfare laws in Germany were initially introduced by the Nazis.

Nazi Germany enacted another law called Reich Animal Protection Act. This law prohibited the use of animals for film-making or any such activities which could cause mental or physical pain to animals.

In 1936, a special law was passed regarding the correct way of dispatching lobsters and crabs and thus mitigating their painful deaths.

When the Nazi’s were busy killing Jew’s in the concentration camp’s, They made laws to protect the suffering of lobsters which were killed for food in Berlin hotels.

#Fact 3

Hitler’s relation with his dog Blondi

It is said that Hitler loved his dog Blondi more than his mistress Eva Braun. (Eva Braun’s close aides have reported to have seen her kicking the dog when Hitler was not around)

IMAGE- Eva Braun, Hitler and his Dog Blondi.

When Hitler decided to kill himself using cynide capsules, He wanted to check it’s effectiveness. For this he first tested it on his dog Blondi and the dog died as a result.

Since then Hitler became completely inconsolable.

Hitler was so obsessed with his Dog that the Fuhrer would allow Blondi to sleep in his bed, and kept her with him almost all the time from 1941 to 1945.

#Fact 4

Hitler only had one testicle?

Analysis of long-lost medical notes seems to confirm that Nazi leader suffered from cryptorchidism, or an undescended right testicle.

Cryptorchidism is a condition in which one or both of the testes fail to descend from the abdomen into the scrotum.

Hitler really did have only one testicle, German researcher claims

Fact #5

Adolf Hitler Had Jewish and African Ancestors

According to a DNA research conducted by Belgian researches have found that Hitler had both Jewish and African ancestors.

Study Suggests Adolf Hitler Had Jewish and African Ancestors

#Fact 6

Hitler is said to have had Parkinson’s Disease.

Newsreels of Hitler show he had tremors in his left hand and a shuffling walk,which began before the war and continued to worsen until the end of his life.

It has been theorized that Hitler’s physical and mental health problems were the result of Hitler having been significantly Inbred and possibly having monorchism. (single testicle)

People who are inbred have a higher chance of having disorders and harmful mutations.

This can be seen as four of Hitler’s potential brothers all died during child birth.

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#Fact 7-Hitler was a strict vegetarian

Hitler was said to be a vegetarian throughout his life, There is no real reason to why he became a vegetarian. (maybe because he hated killing, lol).

or maybe he actually despised killing and eating animals.

In 1942, he self-identified as a vegetarian (Some modern-day analyses have speculated that Hitler’s vegetarianism may have been for health reasons)

Adolf Hitler and vegetarianism – Wikipedia

#Fact 8- Bhagvad Gita and Nazi’s

Himmler, directly responsible for the deaths of millions of Jews and others as the architect of the Holocaust, was said to have read the Gita.

He was also obsessed with India and Hinduism.

It is also said that he thought himself as Arjuna and Hitler Lord Krishna.

How stupid of him to compare a god with a fanatic.

his incident taught me that sometimes good can be twisted to achieve bad things.

Gita, Hitler and Himmler

#Fact 9

The word Holocaust come’s from the Greek word “holokauston,” which refers to a sacrifice by fire.

Pretty scary to think the literally did that by killing humans.

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