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regaining our independence back from the British without wars or using violence, and by the simple dharma of non-violence.


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Different currencies of the world having images of significance printed on them

Well, the primary purpose of putting images of different monuments, animals, sites, temples, persons, etc. is to show the country's rich culture and biodiversity to the world. And so, images which are printed on the Indian currency have their own story and significance.

Let us now find out which Indian currency has which image printed on it!

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Khadi cloth in the process of making.

Khadi fabric, which is also known as khaddar fabric, is a hand woven natural fibre made with cotton. There are other variations of Khadi fabric, too, which includes silk and wool. Historically, Khadi fabric originated during the time of Mahatma Gandhi when he led the Swadeshi Movement in 1905. In appearance, this fabric has a rugged texture and feels very comfortable when worn during winter season and also makes one feel fresh when worn during summer season.

History of Khadi in India

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The history of the Scindias is best told through their lawsuits over the property.

What exactly is the extent of the wealth amassed by the Scindias, the erstwhile ruling family of Gwalior? How was it generated and how is it to be distributed among its four claimants?

Other questions are perhaps best hidden away or kept out of sight for diplomatic reasons -- such as the Gwalior monarchs' controversial role during the events of 1857, the alleged and under-probed role of the palace in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi (enunciated by Tushar Gandhi in a magazine interview in May 2019), and Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia's excessive dependence on her 'Rasputin' that led to a bitter split from her son Madhavrao Scindia.

These are some of the questions raised in political analyst, columnist, author and journalist Rasheed Kidwai's biography, "The House of Scindias "A Saga of Politics, Power and Intrigue" (Roli Books), that provides a wealth of information on the family from the turn of the century and is sure to rekindle interest in a clan that has seen a member serve in parliament or a state assembly for over 60 years.

"The history of the Scindias is best told through their lawsuits over property," Kidwai writes, and poses the question: "How about a 400-billion-rupee property dispute? Or is the figure higher?"

"The answer is no if one goes by the affidavits the Scindias have filed for parliamentary and assembly elections from 1957 (when the Rajmata first entered the fray) till date. Their wealth appears to be far less than popular perceptions about what is being fought over in protracted legal battles across the country. According to some estimates -- it is impossible to arrive at a definitive figure -- these disputes are over properties worth around Rs 40,000 crore. Some of these disputes have been dragging on for over thirty years among the former royals of the erstwhile Gwalior state, Jyotiraditya Scindia and his three aunts, amid speculation that the legal battle may be settled out of court," Kidwai writes.

"Neither side has denied or confirmed anything related to their legal battles, let alone reveal any details," he adds.

The roots of the dispute lie in the fact that when Jyotiraditya's grandfather, Jiwajirao Scindia, the erstwhile Maharaja of Gwalior, died in 1961, he had not left instructions about how his immovable and movable properties were to be divided among his descendants.

"The properties were initially divided equally between his widow, Vijaya Raje and his only son, Madhavrao, after she filed a suit in the Bombay High Court, back in 1984. Mother and son both had a 50 per cent share in the large number of immovable properties spread across India.

Book Jyotiraditya challenged the verbal agreement of 1971 and the subsequent court division of 1975. Photo by Unsplash

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