UPSC Exams History Notes - 1
Abdul Rahim Khan-i-Khanan: He lived during the reign of Akbar. He translated Babur’s Memoirs from Turkish to Persian.
Abdussamad: He was honoured with the award of “zariqalam” by Akbar.
Ages, Chronological order of: Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic
Agrahara: Tax-free villages granted to the learned Brahmanas in ancient India were known as Agrahara.
Akot: is a town, about 42 km from Akola, from where a stone idol of
Lord Adinath, the first Jain Teerthankara, was found in 1993.
Alien Powers in India, chronological sequence of: Indo-Greeks, Scythians, Kushanas, Huns.
Amarasimha: was one of the nine gems in the court of the legendary
Vikramaditya. His work Amarkosha occupies a dominant position in
Amoghavarsha-I: was the long ruling Rashtrakuta king (A.D. 814-78). He represented the height of development of his dynasty.
Asanga: was a Buddhist philosopher. He was the originator of Buddhist Yogachara idealism.
Ashvaghosha: was the spiritual adviser of Kanishka (the Kushan emperor)
who took a leading part in the Fourth Buddhist Council at Srinagar
which was presided by Vasumitra. He was a renowned Mahayana Sanskrit
scholar and author of Sariputra-prakarana and Buddha Charitam. He was
the greatest literary figure at Kanishka’s court.
Atisa Dipankara: was the most famous teacher of Vikramasila university founded in A.D. 810 by king Dharmapala of Pala dynasty.
Battle of San Thomas: This battle during the Carnatic Wars (1746-61)
definitely proved for the first time the superiority of European arms
and discipline over the traditional Indian methods of warfare.
Battle of Waihand: was fought between Mahmud Ghaznavi and Anandpala.
Bhaskaravarman: was the king of Kamarupa (Upper Assam). He was a
contemporary of king Sasanka of Gauda and was his arch-enemy.
Bhaskaravarman was the eastern ally of king Harsha.
Bilhana: was a Sanskrit historian and poet born in Kashmir. He left Kashmir about
A.D. 1065 and became the court poet at Kalyana where he wrote an epic,
Vikramadeva-charita to celebrate the reign of Vikramaditya-VI, the
Chalukya king of Kalyana.
Blue Water Policy: The “Blue Water” policy is attributed to Don
Francisco de Almeida, the first Viceroy of the Portuguese possessions
in India. His “Blue Water” policy was to be powerful at the sea instead
of building fortresses on Indian land.
Boghaz Koi inscriptions: are important in Indian history because
inscriptions of the fourteenth century B.C. discovered here mention
the names of Vedic gods and goddesses.
Brahmagupta: (598-660) of Ujjain, was a great mathematician of his time.
Brahui: is a language of Baluchistan. Linguistically, it is Dravidian.
Busa Munda Revolt: occurred in Bihar.
Catching the butterflies and setting them free: was the prominent feature of the foreign policy of Samudragupta.
Chandernagore: was a French possession before its merger with India.
Charvaka: is known as the greatest of the materialistic philosophers of ancient India.
Chauth: was a tax levied by Marathas—a contribution exacted by a
military leader, which was justified by the exigencies of the
Coinage in Ancient India: Coins in ancient India were made of
metal—copper, silver, gold, or lead. Nishka and Satamana in the Vedic
texts were taken to be names of coins, but they seem to be only
prestige objects. Coins made of metal first appeared in the age of
Gautama Buddha. The earliest were made largely of silver though a few
copper coins also appear. Coins made of burnt clay belong to the Kushan
period i.e., the first three Christian centuries.
Dadu: was the saint from Gujarat who preached non-sectarianism in
medieval times. He founded the “Brahma-Sampardaaya” (the sect of
Dahar (or Dahir): was the Brahmana king of Sind who was defeated by the
Arab invasion in A.D. 712 by Mohammadbin-Kasim, nephew and son-inlaw
of al-Hajjaj, governor of Irak. The Indian ruler (Dahar) offered a
brave resistance in the battle near Raor but was defeated and killed.
Darius: was the Iranian ruler who penetrated into north-west India in 516 B.C. and annexed Punjab, west of Indus, and Sindh.
Devapala: (A.D. 830-850) was successor to Dharmapala, the famous Pala
ruler. He established the third important Pala university of Somapura.
He shifted his capital to Monghyr from where he maintained diplomatic
relations with the Sailendra kings of Sumatra.
Dhammapada: was the first major work to say that salvation by means of
devotion is open to humans regardless of birth, gender or station in
Dharmachakra: In the Gandhara art, it is the preaching mudra associated with the Buddha’s First Sermon at Sarnath.
First Congress Split: took place in 1907 at Surat.
First metal used by man: Copper.
First Muslim invaders of India: Arabs were the first Muslim invaders of India.
First Sultan of Delhi: was Qutb-ud-din who succeeded Muhammad Ghuri as
sovereign of the new Indian conquests, and from 1206 may be reckoned as
the first Sultan of Delhi.
First to issue gold coins in India: Mauryas.
First to set up department of agriculture: Muhammad-bin-Tughlaq was the first to set up a department of agriculture in India.
First to start sea trade with India: Portugal.
Gautamiputra Satakarni: was the great king of Satavahana dynasty.
Gayatri mantra: is contained in Rig Veda.
Gopuram: It has been the main feature of the South Indian temple architecture.
Hasan Gangoo: entitled Zafar Khan was founder of the Bahmani kingdom in Deccan.
Ibadat Khana: is a building at Fatehpur Sikri where Akbar held discussions on religious matters.
Ibn-Batuta: was a great scholar and traveller from South Africa who came to India in
A.D. 1333 during the reign of Mohammad Tughlak and wrote about him.
Iqta: It was the land-grant system adopted by Ala-ud-din Khilji to
grant his officers as reward for services rendered. Qutabuddin Aibak
was assigned the first iqta in India by Mohd of Ghor.
Jimutavahana: was a famous jurist of medieval India (fifteenth
century). His work Dayabhaga is a commentary on the srutis, specially
Kalachuri era: counted from A.D. 248, it was mostly current in Central
India. Their capital was Tripuri near Jabalpur. Kalachuris were the
feudatories of the Pratiharas but soon acquired independence.
Karshapana: was the most commonly used coin in the Chola kingdom.
Khiraj: was the land tax imposed by Mohd-bin-Qasim after the Arabs’ occupation of Sind.
Magazines started by National leaders: Young India (M.K. Gandhi); Kesari (B.G. Tilak); New India (Annie Besant); Bengali (S.N. Bannerji).
Maski Rock edict: This minor Rock-edict is the only edict in which Ashoka refers to himself as the king of Magadha.
Moplah Rebellion: broke out in Malabar (Kerala) in August 1921.
Nastaliq: was a Persian script used in medieval India.
Nauroj festival in India: Balban introduced the famous Persian festival of Nauroj in India.
Nicolo Conti: was the Italian foreign traveller who visited Vijayanagar about A.D. 1420 during the reign of Deva Raya-II.
Palas: who controlled most of Bengal and Bihar, was the third power
involved in the three-sided conflict between Rashtrakutas and
Pratiharas over the control of Kanauj. Pala dynasty was established by
Gopala in the eighth century A.D. He attained renown from the fact that he was not hereditary king but was elected.
Paragana: During the rule of the so-called Slave dynasty in India, the
empire was divided into provincial units called Paraganas placed under
the charge of a military officer.
Prakrit: This language received royal patronage during the reign of Satavahanas.
Rajsekhar: was the Sanskrit poet who lived in the court of Mahendrapala-I.
Ratika: or rati is a weight between 1.5 to 3 Gunjas; between 5 to 8
grains of rice. It was the basic weight (measure) in ancient India.
Ratnakara: denoted the Arabiasn Sea in ancient Indian historical geography.
Rishabha: is supposed to be the mythical founder of Jainism.
Sardeshmukhi: was an additional levy of 10%, which Shivaji demanded on
the basis of his claim as the hereditary Sardeshmukh (chief headman) of
Shahrukh: It was silver coin of the Mughals. Sharada script: The Kashmiri language was originally written in Sharada script.
Subuktigin: was the first Turkish invader of India.
Tanka: was a silver coin of the Sultanate period of India.
Tehqiq-i-Hind: Alberuni’s work on India. It contains observations on
Indian civilization which are remarkably incisive and acute.
Turushkadanda: was a tax collected by the Gahadavalas during the early medieval India.
Vagbhata: is regarded as unrivalled in his knowledge of the basic principles of Ayurveda.
Vatapi (or Badami): now in the Bijapur district of Karnataka, where
Pulakesin I, founder of the Chalukya dynasty in the middle of the sixth
century, established himself as lord of Vatapi or Badami (capital of
Chalukyas). It is well-known for Chalukyan sculpture found in the cave
Vidushaka: the constant companion and confidant of the hero in Sanskrit dramas, was nearly always a Brahmin.
Vikramasila University: was a great Tantrik University founded by the
Pala king Dharmapala in A.D. 810. It was a hotbed of moral corruption,
sorcery and idolatry. In A.D. 1198, the soldiers if Ikhtiar Khilji
raised the structure to the ground and killed every monk in the
Wood's Despatch of 1854: It related to educational reforms. Lord
Dalhousie took measures to carry out the scheme embodied in the famous
despatch of Sir Charles Wood (July 1854) which embraced vernacular
schools throughout the districts, and above all the glorious measures
of grants-in-aid to all schools, without reference to caste or creed.
Yakshagana: was the south Indian dance tradition that appeared for the first time in the Vijayanagar period.
Zabti System: was introduced by Akbar for land revenue
administration. In Zabti system, land was measured and assessment of
land revenue was based upon it.