The Churchill War Room – Remembering the Greatest Briton of All Times


War and heroism have always gone hand in hand, wars have created figures which have risen beyond ordinary fame and left legacies which are motivation for an entire nation of people. Winston Churchill the 2 time British Prime Minister, scholar and a Nobel Laureate in English Literature, fondly remembered as one of the most influential men of the 20th century.

Churchill War Rooms

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Winston Churchill was much more than a war time Prime Minister, he was a man who inspired an entire nation and brought it together to fight not for its own sake but for the principles it stood for. The Battle of Britain was the battle for democracy and Churchill believed that there was absolutely no cost too much for this fundamental freedom. His speeches were among the most inspirational speeches delivered ever and have inspired several generations of citizens of the free world.

The Churchill War Rooms is a museum located in central London and since 1984 has been managed by the Imperial War Museum. The Churchill War Rooms are one of the five centers of historic relevance managed by the Imperial Museum. The Churchill War Rooms are also known by their actual name, the Cabinet War Rooms and were operational since 1939.

Cabinet War Rooms

Cabinet War Rooms | Image Resource : de.wikipedia.org

The Churchill War Rooms is a large museum of which the Cabinet War Rooms is an integral part, this historic complex built underground in the basement of the Treasury Building in the New Government Offices is located in Westminster.

It fundamentally housed the most important British government command centre during the entire duration of the Second World War remaining open 24 hrs and around the year for over 6 years till 1945. The Museum also includes the Churchill Museum exclusively dedicated as a biographical museum which depicts and explores the life of the greatest Briton of All Times.

Biographical Museum

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After the war the cabinet war rooms remained abandoned for several years and later on identification of their immense historic value the Cabinet War Rooms were recognized and national heritage sites. Until 1984 the Ministry of Works had maintained the site but public access except for a few visits to journalists was not open till 1984. After a long effort in the early 1980s by the famous Imperial War Museum, the institution was able to gain administration of the War Rooms site and converted it into a museum dedicated to the life and work of Churchill.

It was redeveloped and opened again in 2005 in its present form. I find myself extremely fortunate to have had a chance to explore the life and times of a great man like Sir Winston Churchill.

Sir Winston Churchill

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The Royal Air Force Museum – Exploring the History of the Oldest Air Force


Britain has been a pioneer in aviation technology, whether it is the development of the first military planes or it is the development of the first commercial planes, Britain has done it all. It has revolutionized the way we fight wars (albeit tragically so) and also the way we travel around the world.

The Royal Air Force is one of the most advanced air forces in the world if not the largest. It has a rich heritage beginning from the days when the first planes were built at the dawn of the 20th century and its legacy is paramount.

People from all around the world visit the famous Royal Air Force Museum in London every year in order to catch a glimpse of its unique history and also to get a feel of how the development of military aircraft technology has affected our day to day lives.

Royal Air Force Museum London

Royal Air Force Museum London | Image Resource : members.rfc.ca

Development and progress in military technology can in no way be disconnected from the development of commercial technology; in fact all major commercial developments began as innovations in military pursuits. The Royal Air Force museum is a representation of these innovations and the human story behind these developments. People from all around the world contributed to the success of this great institution and have found their due place at the museum.

The exhibition currently on display at the Royal Air Force Museum in London is “Royal Air force in the First World War”. The exhibition includes many of the biplanes and preliminary fighter and bomber designs developed during the war. It also has a display of planning rooms, the ammunition used and a gallery containing actual photographs from the war. One could feel the thrill, the adrenaline and the same time anxiety and fear associated with being in a state of war.

The reading room has a beautiful collection of memoirs, photographs, speeches and interviews from all periods of history. The famous Churchill Address – “Battle of Britain” is also currently playing. My experience at the RAF museum was not only enriching but also an eye opener. Wars are not about machines and arms but about the human stories that play around these weapons of destruction.

Kashi – Oldest Inhabited City of The World


Origin Of Varanasi

Kashi is also referred to as Varanasi. As per legend, the city of Kashi was founded by Lord Shiva.

Archaeological evidence reveals that the region was populated by the Aryan folks in the 11th and 12th century BC. This shows that Kashi is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.

Kashi- A Holy Pilgrimage Centre

Kashi is even today regarded as a holy pilgrimage for the Hindus. A Hindu is expected to visit the Varanasi at least once in a lifetime.

According to the epic Mahabharata, the Pandavas visited Kashi to wash their sins of fratricide and Brahmahatya. It is one of the seven holy cities where a Hindu believes he can attain salvation.

Varanasi or Kashi has always been a centre for religious and cultural activities. In 8th century BC, Parshva the 23rd Jain Tirthankara was born here. He is also the first historically accepted Jain Tirthankara. In 528 BC, Gautam Buddha founded Buddhism in Kashi.

Varanasi City

Varanasi City | Image Resource : varanasicity.com

Foreign Rule and Impact On Culture of Varanasi

Varanasi was connected to Patliputra and Taxila during the Mauryan Empire. In the year 1194, Turkish Muslim ruler Qutb-ud-din Aibak conquered Varanasi. During his rule, countless temples were completely destroyed. Many years of Muslim rule lead to suppression of Hinduism. During this tenure, many more temples were destroyed.

Varanasi is the place that witnessed the Bhakti movement. Many saints of the Bhakti movement like Ravidas and Kabir were born here. These saints were socio-religious reformers who guided people to better lives.

The city of Varanasi experienced a thorough cultural revival during the reign of Akbar. He was a secular ruler and maintained Hindu-Muslim unity. During his rule, he invested and built a Lord Vishnu temple and a temple for Lord Shiva. The city again experienced a cultural setback during the reign of Aurangzeb.

After the death of Aurangzeb, India was ruled by several pro-Hindu kings. The Rajput and Maratha kings helped to revive Varanasi culturally to what it is today. The king of Benares was of importance even during the British rule. It was given the identity of a separate kingdom.