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Sainik School Bijapur Celebrates its 57th Foundation Day - Admiral Srikanth, our Classmate, was the Chief Guest.

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Sainik School Bijapur Celebrates its 57th Foundation Day - Admiral Srikanth, our Classmate, was the Chief Guest.








This day the - 16th September, marks an important day in the annals of the Sainik School Bijapur and I am privileged to be one the proud alumnus of this school, popularly referred to as SSBJ. It was on his historic day in 1963 that the Sainik School Bijapur was founded and ever since, this day is commemorated as the ‘Foundation Day’ and this year it is a special day for our batch - the batch of 1970-77, since our very own classmate Vice Admiral Srikant was honoured to be the Chief Guest for this years Foundation day. I am therefore motivated to write about our school SSBJ.
Before I attempt to sketch our school, permit me to start with a quiz question for all the readers. The Commanding Officer who led the final assault of the famous Tololing Capture that paved the path for the historic Kargil victory for the Indians during the Kargil conflict in 1999, the Revolutionary founde…

2nd Anniversary of Decriminalising Archaic Law (Section 377 of IPC) : Remembering Alan Turing, the Victim of this Law.

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2nd Anniversary of Decriminalising Archaic Law (Section 377 of IPC) : Remembering Alan Turing,the Victim of this Law.








Images : courtesy Wiki Commons, Nehru Science Centre and Turing website.

This day, two years ago, 6th September 2018, a historic and an unprecedented judgment was unanimously passed by the the five member bench (including the CJI) of the Supreme Court of India, which decriminalised the archaic law - Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. The hype and activism leading up to the judgment day was palpable and therefor it was not wonder that this judgment was covered in the media headlines in a sensation manner. “ INDEPENDENCE DAY - II” hailed the front page headlines of the Times of India. The significance of this judgement can be fathomed by contextualising its impact from the LGBT community - “not an aberration but a variation” (the words so astutely used by Justice Indu Malhotra) - points of view.
Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code was introduced in 1861, during the Brit…

Dr. Saroj Ghose @ 85 : the Bhishm Pitamah of Science Museums/Centres in India

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Saroj Ghose @ 85 : the Bhishm Pitamah of Science Museums/Centres in India











Images : Courtesy Wiki Commons and NCSM.This day - the 1st September 2020, marks the 85th birth anniversary of Dr. Saroj Ghose, the founding Director General of National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), the premier scientific autonomous institution, which governs most Science Centres and Museums across India including our Centre - Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai (NSCM). Saroj Ghose was born on 1st September, 1935 in the very year in which Bharat Ratna, the Honourable former President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee was born. Incidentally Dr Ghose was quite close to Pranab da who departed for his heavenly abode yesterday and was cremated with full state honours in Delhi in front of the grieving nation. I shall be writing a separate eulogy for the one and only Pranab da, this blog however is a tribute to Dr. Saroj Ghose on his 85th birth anniversary. Age may have caught with Dr. Ghose, but his unending energy, commi…

Inaugural Cricket Test on Indian Soil - Bombay Gymkhana, Dec 15-18, 1933

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Inaugural Cricket Test on Indian Soil - Bombay Gymkhana, Dec 15-18, 1933




Just one year after India was baptised into Test Cricket in England - 25 June, 1932, when India played their inaugural test against England at the Lords Stadium, India got an opportunity to host the English team in India and to play their inaugural home test in Bombay (Mumbai) in December 1933. The Indian team performance, which was higher than what was expected, in their inaugural Test provided that fillip and accentuated England's first official Test series tour to India in 1933-34., during which England played a three test series against the hosts India. The famous Bombay Gymkhana, which is inextricably linked with cricket in India during the formative years of Indian cricket, was the venue for the inaugural home Test, which was played from Dec 15 -18, 1933. The visiting English (MCC) team was captained by Douglas Jardine, who had helped England regain the Ashes in Australia by adopting the infamous bodylin…