India KBC Quiz & KBC Questions, Multiple Choice Questions and Answers
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Question: In 1798, Tipu signed a secret agreement with the French leader...?
Correct Answer The agreement was that the French would provide military assistance to Tipu against the British. Tipu also sent SOS calls to the Sultan of Turkey and the King of Afghanistan. However, Napoleon, who wanted revolutions all around the world against corruption, feudalism and heirarchy that used to dominate French society before the French Revolution and the British were promoting to serve their interests in the world, was the only one who paid any attention to him.
Question: In 1789, Tipu attacked the British controlled state of Travancore, triggering another war. In 1792, Tipu surrendered to British commander...?
Correct Answer The war continued for three years. The British were allied by the Marathas and the Nizam of Hyderabad. Tipu was often seen taking part in combat; two horses were shot from under him and he was shot in the arm and the chest. Although many people think that Tipu surrendered because Mysore couldn't finance the war, this wasn't true. Tipu's main reasons of surrender were many: there were a lot of political crises going on at home; Hindus were rebelling; his wife died and he was mentally depressed; and worst, two of his high-ranking officials were found to be involved in a conspiracy with the British to assassinate Tipu and turn over two Mysorean cities to the British. The wives of the king that Hayder Ali had overthrown in 1761 had been granted amnesty to please the Hindu population of India. When Ali named Tipu his successor, they began to inspire and fund dissidents, mainly Hindu, throughout Mysore. While Tipu was away at battle, they got an excellent chance to disrupt the religious-political system that Ali and Tipu had set up. The treaty that Tipu was forced to sign demanded that he ceded half of his territories to the victors.
Question: In 1780, Tipu's father attacked Carnatic and routed a British army. He was defeated and died in _______.
Correct Answer Tipu was made the Sultan (king) of Mysore in a simple ceremony. He vowed to continue his father's war against the British and not sleep on a bed until he had driven the British off Indian soil.
Question: In 1767, Tipu's father was at war with the British, who were allied by the Nizam of Hyderabad and the _______________.
Correct Answer The war continued until 1969, when the British, deserted by their allies, surrendered. This was Tipu's first participation in a real conflict. He showed bravery and high strategic skills, even though he was only eighteen years old.
Correct Answer Tipu was born in Mysore, one of the few independent states of India free of British control. His real name is supposed to be Fateh Ali Tipu, after the great saint Tipu Mastan. His father, Hayder Ali, was a soldier in the Mysorean king's army.
Question: An Indian social and political leader was assassinated in 1948 by a Hindu nationalist. Who was he?
Correct Answer Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in Gujarat, India in 1869. Named Mahatma (Great Soul), he studied law in London and spent many years in South Afica. Both Indira and Rajiv Gandhi were also assassinated (in 1984 and 1991 respectively). Indira's son, Sanjay, died in a flying accident.
Question: Nathuram Godse was the man who struck down this pacifist...?
Correct Answer Gandhi's determination to send the British, India's colonial rulers, packing brought about India's independence in 1947. Gandhi, who is lovingly called Mahatma ('Great Soul') or Bapu ('Father') by his followers, advocated non-violent resistance to British rule, and became an icon of pacifists everywhere. His assassination in 1948 by Hindu nationalist Nathuram Godse sent shock waves around the world and laid the foundation for much of the internecine troubles of that sub-continental country. Nehru was a colleague of Gandhi and succeeded him as leader of the Congress Party. He died of a heart attack in 1964. Stephen Biko was a non-violent anti-Apartheid activist in South Africa. He was one of the organizers of the Soweto protests, which unfortunately got out of control and devolved into the Soweto Riots. Following the riots, Biko came under even closer police scrutiny, and died in prison in 1977. The authorities claimed his death was the result of a hunger strike, which doesn't explain the massive head injuries Biko suffered just before his death. Police brutality, anyone? Tom Mboya was a Minister in the government of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya's first President after independence from Britain. Mboya was poised to become the next President of Kenya when he was gunned down in 1960. His assassin was executed, but there was widespread belief that the man who pulled the trigger was a catspaw for Kenyatta's powerful relatives and friends, who surmised that Mboya's presidency would put an end to their prestige and power.