Ecbar Shaugh [Emperor Akbar] … never denyed [his mother] any thing but this, that shee demanded of him, that our Bible might be hanged about an asses necke and beaten about the towne of Agra, for that the Portugals … tyed [the Quran] about the necke of a dogge and beat the same dogge about the towne of Ormuz. But hee denyed her request, saying that, if it were ill in the Portugals to doe so to the Alcoran, being it became not a King to requite ill with ill, for that the contempt of any religion was the contempt of God.
If India is to be really capable of holding its own in future without direct British control from outside I am not sure that it will not need an increasing infusion of stronger Nordic blood, whether by settlement or intermarriage or otherwise. Possibly it has been a real mistake of ours in the past not to encourage Indian princes to marry English wives ... and so breed a more virile type of native ruler.
I'm not flattered by the honour done to me. This is a small achievement. If there is anything that I aspire for, it is the Nobel Prize. You will find that I get that in five years.
Did you know?
According to Panini, the Sanskrit word goghna means guest and also "one for whom a cow is killed".
Moksha is a language of Russia spoken by the Moksha people in the Republic of Mordovia. A river of the same name flows through the region.
The city of Melbourne in Australia has a suburb named Travancore (anglicisation of Tiruvitāṅkūr) whose streets are also Indian-themed with names such as Lucknow St., Baroda St., Madura St., and Mangalore St.
Gorakhpur, a sleepy city in Uttar Pradesh not far from the Nepal border, is home to the world's longest railway platform at 1.355 km long. The previous record-holder was a platform at Kharagpur in West Bengal.
Teri Yaad, the first ever film to be released in Pakistan, starred Nasir Khan, the brother of Indian star, Dilip Kumar (born Yusuf Khan).
The name of the gemstone, beryl, probably originates from the Prakrit veruliya and Sanskrit vaidurya- which might be of Dravidian provenance. One theory points its source to the city of Velur (modern Belur, Karnataka). Derivatives such as brilliant and beryllium share these origins.
The 1934 musical, Anything Goes includes the hit Cole Porter song titled, You're the top which includes the following lines of praise:
You're the top, you're Mahatma Gandhi,
You're the top! you're Napoleon brandy …
In the early 90s, the Indian government released specially-raised flesh-eating turtles into the Ganga to eat and clear the river of partly-burned corpses from the Varanasi ghats. The programme failed as poachers captured and wiped out the turtle population (again).