100 Years of Vaikom satyagraha

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: The Vaikom satyagraha, initiated in 1924 in Vaikom, Travancore, marked the beginning of temple entry movements in India  

Rani Chennamma

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: Commemorating the 200th anniversary of Rani Chennamma’s  rebellion, social groups across India are organizing a national campaign called “Naanoo Rani Chennamma” (I am Rani Chennamma too). This campaign aims to empower women to fight against patriarchal, anti-democratic, and casteist forces in the country, drawing inspiration from Rani …

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Free Press Journal  Context: Pune city commemorated the birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Maharashtra Chief Minister paid tribute to Shivaji Maharaj at Shivneri Fort.    About Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, born in 1630 in Shivneri in what is now Maharashtra, India, was a revered warrior king …

U Tirot Sing

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: DD NEWS Context: A statue of U Tirot Sing, a Khasi freedom fighter who rebelled against British colonialism around 200 years ago, was unveiled at the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre in Dhaka.   About Tirot Sing: Tirot Sing, also known as ‘the Hero of the Khasi Hills,’ led an …

Swami Dayanand Saraswati

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: WION    Context: The Prime Minister emphasized the importance of integrating Indian values into the education system during a virtual address commemorating the 200th birth anniversary of Arya Samaj founder Swami Dayanand Saraswati.

Veer Bal Diwas

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE Context: Veer Bal Diwas, which is observed on December 26  commemorate the martyrdom of Guru Gobind Singh’s younger sons, Sahibzada Zorawar Singh and Sahibzada Fateh Singh , along with their grandmother Mata Gujari. This day was officially designated as Veer Bal Diwas by the Indian government in January …

Bhagat Singh

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: IE  Context: The recent serious breach of security in Parliament brought to light the revolutionary activities of Bhagat Singh.   Background: Over 94 years ago, on April 8, 1929, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt threw feeble bombs and pamphlets in Delhi’s Central Assembly (now referred to as the Indian Parliament) …

Theosophical Society

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: In 1879, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and Henry Steel Olcott, founders of the Theosophical Society, established the society’s headquarters in Adyar, Madras, India. The society aimed to investigate unexplained natural laws and latent human powers through spiritual development, with Blavatsky believed to possess psychic abilities, including communication with …

Sir Syed Ahmed Khan

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE   Context: Sir Syed’s 125th birth anniversary coincides with the passing of the Women’s Reservation Bill.  Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, a prominent figure in promoting modern education and advocating reforms, had complex and evolving views on women’s empowerment and education: Conflicting Views: While he was known for his efforts …

Shyamji Krishna Varma

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB  Context: On the occasion of Shyamji Krishna Varma’s Jayanti, the Prime Minister paid tribute to the great revolutionary and freedom fighter.  About Shyamji Krishna Varma: Shyamji Krishna Varma was an Indian revolutionary fighter, patriot, lawyer, and journalist. He was born in Mandvi, Gujarat on October 4, 1857 He was …

Matangini Hazra

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: Matangini Hazra, affectionately known as ‘Gandhi Buri,’ was a dedicated Gandhian and a prominent figure in the Indian freedom struggle. She met a tragic end during the Quit India Movement in Tamluk, Bengal, when she led a protest march against British rule. Her death turned her into …

London’s India Club

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: London’s India Club, a historic establishment that served as a meeting place for Indians in the United Kingdom during the independence movement got permanently closed. The club, located in the Strand Continental Hotel, offered Indian cuisine and served as a hub for individuals associated with India in …

Santiniketan

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Economic Times  Context: Santiniketan, the renowned university town in West Bengal established by Rabindranath Tagore, has been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The decision was made during the 45th World Heritage Committee Meeting held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.     About Santiniketan: Santiniketan was originally an ashram established …

Madan Lal Dhingra

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: IE  Context:  Madan Lal Dhingra was an Indian revolutionary executed at the age of 24, for assassinating British official Curzon Wyllie. On his 114th death anniversary, a massive memorial is being inaugurated in Amritsar, where he hailed from. Despite being born into a family with pro-British views, Dhingra’s exposure to …

Arunachal Rang Mahotsav

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB  Context: The Prime Minister has expressed delight at Arunachal Rang Mahotsav being celebrated in different parts of India. ‘Arunachal Rang Mahotsav,’ is a four-day theatre festival held across various cities in India to bring the lesser-known history of Arunachal Pradesh to a wider audience. The festival celebrates Arunachal …