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Kalashnikov will never fall silent

NEW DELHI: When Delhi's chief minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal pulled off an upset win against Congress stalwart Sheila Dikshit on December 8, we at The Times of India could think of only one analogy to honour the spectacular achievement—the AK-47. The blanket headline on one of our special pages read, 'Cong big guns fall silent as AK booms'. The rest of Indian media took the cue from us and Kejriwal became the new AK, a giant slayer.

On December 23, the man who gave us this iconic name passed away. Lieutenant General Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov was 94.
On Friday, Kalashnikov was given an elaborate state funeral in Mytishchi outside Moscow. His mortal remains were interred in the Federal Military Memorial Cemetery, an exclusive burial ground for Russia's national heroes. As his coffin was lowered, Russian ceremonial troops gave him a gun salute by firing AK-47s, a final tribute to the man who had invented the world's most popular firearm and et…

Shivaji Maharaj : Raigad Fort Cannon

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Shivaji Maharaj : Raigad Fort Cannon : Maharashtra
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Source: http://www.hinduterminal.org/2013/02/chhatrapati-shivaji-maharaj-founder-of.html

Mughal-period cannon ball found in Neemuch

FRI APR 05, 2013 Video linl: http://www.news18.com/videos/mughal-period-cannon-ball-found-in-neemuch-20771.html A cannon ball, believed to be of Mughal period, has been found here, local residents said on Friday.

Cannons Sibsagar, Ahom Kings

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Cannons Sibsagar, Ahom Kings

Cannon at Palace of Kachari Kings In Cachar, Assam

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Palace of Kachari Kings In Cachar, Assam Palace of Kachari Kings : The palace of the Kachari kings is situated at a distance of about 10 km from Silchar. The Kachari dynasty was a mighty and powerful dynasty, belonging to the Bodo-Kachari ethnic group. The archeological remnants of this strong and advance kingdom still lie in Khaspur, which was their last capital.
Source: http://www.ebharat.in/assam/cachar/palace-kachari-kings-cachar-assam

Cannons at the Fort of Narwar

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Cannons at the Fort of Narwar   (Dist.- Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh)
Photographs of Narwar : Courtesy http://silentpagesindia.blogspot.in/2013/03/visit-to-fort-of-narwar-shivpuri-madhya.html




MP's stolen royal cannon seized from Mumbai

Bhopal: The Mumbai's Dharavi police seem to have solved a five-year-old theft case at Shivpuri's Narwar Fortress. The police have recovered an antique cannon from a person, member of a former royal family of Madhya Pradesh.
Pratap Pal Singh (52), a native of Shivpuri, was arrested by the Dharavi police in Mumbai on Tuesday for possessing a 20.5-inch cannon which he allegedly intended to sell for Rs. 1 crore.
The cannon is made of ashtadhatu—an amalgam of eight metals, including gold and silver.
Sources in the state archaeology department said, the cannon seized from Singh's possession is similar to the one that was stolen from Narwar Fortress on the intervening night of August 20-21, 2007.
The size and metal of the seized cannon is akin to the one stolen from Shivpuri, they said.
The complaint lodged with the Shivpuri police in 2007 sates, two Mughal era cannons, about five feet long each, were stolen from Narwar Fortress - a state protected monument. While one of the cann…

Cannons inside the Raisen Fort: Madhya Pradesh

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Raisen is one of the many small towns of the state of Madhya Pradesh but hold significant importance as a place of religious and historical importance. Raisen is located in the Raisen district.
A view of the cannons inside the Raisen Fort. These cannons are around 15th Century old.
The inside view of the Raisen Fort near Bhopal.The ruins of the monument can be seen in the picture.
A view from the steps of the famous Raisen fort,built around 1200A.D.The walls of the gate are visible in the picture.

Photos Courtesy : commons.wikimedia.org


Raisen has history in every nook and corner of the town. Way back in 1200 AD, the Raisen Fort came into existence and from there Raisen got its name. Raisen was ruled by various rulers till the 15th century. But in the year 1543, Sher Shah Suri seized it from the Puranmal and ruled it for many years. However, in the year 1760, the great Fiaz Mohammad Khan, the third Nawab of Bhopal, acquired Raisen and from then this small town remained a part of the prin…

Jagadamba Bhavani: the deadliest cannon

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It is probably the largest cannon in the world AWE INSPIRING:The Jagadamba Bhavani Tope is pictured on the historic Koulas Fort in Nizamabad district.– Photo: K.V. Ramana The Jagadamba Bhavani Tope (cannon) located at the highest burz of historic Koulas Fort called the Raja Kunwar Padam Singh Gaur burz at Koulas village of Jukkal mandal in the district is probably the largest cannon not only in India but also in the world. The cannon, which is 23 feet in length and weighs 70 tonnes, is made of iron and other alloys and is larger than that of Jaivana tope (20 feet length and 50 tonnes) on Jaipur fort and one on the Bijapur fort (15 ft and 55 tonnes) which were earlier considered the bigger cannons in India. The Jagadamba Bhavani tope has a caliber of 16’’ and explosive head of 150 kgs whereas its rival topes have 11 inches and 18 inches and 100 kg explosive heads respectively. Statistics above reveal that the Jagadamba Bhavani cannon is undoubtedly the largest and deadlie…

Historical Fort and Guns of Uparcot in Junagadh in India

Junagadh is one of the cities of Gujarat State in India that has a very old history. As a result, there are many historical monuments worth seeing in the city of Junagadh. One such vital monument is the fort of Junagadh, known as Uparcot. The original city of Junagadh was within this ancient fort. The fort is around 1200 years old and was built by king Ugrasen. This fort was a witness to the most famous war between Sidharaj Jaisingh, king of Gujarat and Ra khengar, king of Junagadh. Ranakdevi, the queen of Ra Khengar was the reason of this war. King Sidharaj wanted to marry Ranakdevi at any cost and he attacked Junagadh. Junagadh was defeated after a long war of 12 years but Sidharaj could not get Ranak, as she committed suicide after the war.
Uparcot is really a worth visiting spot. It is located in the middle of the city. It takes around couple of hours to fully see this historical fort. It is advisable to visit this fort in the morning hours so as to avoid long str…

Proposal to salvage cannons from sea at Cabo de Rama Fort

PANAJI: Five cannons will be mounted soon at the imposing gate and fortification of the centuries-old Cabo de Rama Fort at the Cola headland .
The once-exploding pieces of artillery had long fallen silent, and some had slid into the sea with the crumbling parts of the fort. "We have submitted a proposal to the government to salvage the cannons from the sea and set them up at the gate and also on the fortification," a source at the state archives and archaeology department said.
The department had retrieved two cannons in late 1980s. "These two and another one lying inside the fort will also be mounted on the fort's facade," the source added.
Commanding a majestic view of the Arabian Sea and Canacona coastline, Cabo de Rama is one of the oldest forts of pre-Portuguese era, which the foreign rulers had wrested from the King of Sunda. "There is some wreckage of cannons lying in the sea on the northern side, but hardly two of them may be inta…

Asom Kings & the canons at Garamurh Xatra Majuli Island

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Asom Kings & the canons at Majuli Island
Ancient weapons called "Bartop" or cannonss
Asom Kings & the canons at Majuli Island

Asom: Guns Made by Asomese preserved on Auniati Xatra / Satra maujili Island

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Guns Made by Asomese in Auniati Xatra museum, maujili Island

Guns Made by Asomese on maujili Island

The Sadras saga: The Dutch tower, the fort and a cannon

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Vestiges of yore(Clockwise from above) The Dutch tower and entrance to the fort, a cannon outside the fort and warehouses in ruins  Anusha Parthasarathy traces the rise and fall of the Dutch along the Coromandel coast Even as trade picked up in Pulicat, the Dutch were looking to expand. They found a place right down the coast — beyond Mahabalipuram was a weaver’s settlement and port called Sadiravasagan Pattinam. The place dealt mainly in muslin, edible oils and pearls. And so in 1648, the Dutch began a factory at Sadras and exported large quantities of muslin. Soon a fort was built around the factory and a Dutch settlement came up there. The Sadras fort is still in good condition, and under the protection of the ASI. The bastions, bell tower and the arched entrance take one back to the time when rows of shops sold goods here and the Dutch trained their armies for battle. The fort kept expanding, according to Pulicat and Sadras by Xavier Benedict and had four bastions. Only t…

The Saga of Indian Cannons: Book by R. Subramanian

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The Saga of Indian Cannons: Book by R. Subramanian
Hardcover: 342 pagesPublisher: Aryan Books International (January 30, 2008)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 8173053391ISBN-13: 978-8173053399 Product Dimensions: 12 x 8.7 x 1.4 inches Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds

BMRCL officials finds another cannon

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After discovering a cannon during underground work near the Tipu Sultan fort on Thursday, officials of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) on Friday discovered another cannon similar to the first one at the same venue.
The cannon discovered on Thursday was 12 feet in length and dated back to the 18 century. It weighed one tonne approximately according to officials of the Archeological Society of India
(ASI). Even after the discovery on Thursday, the ASI had not approached the BMRCL to stop work in the area and this led to Friday’s discovery.
ASI officials examined the second cannon on Friday and are currently planning on how to move the cannons to a more secure location. According to K R Ramakrishna, Commissioner ASI, experts from ASI would examine the area in the coming days considering the fact that a second cannon was discovered on Friday. “The cannons are likely to be shifted to the museum in the city. They are the property of the State Government,”…

Dalmadal Canon, Bishnupur - Bishnupur Photos

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Dalmadal Canon, Bishnupur - Bishnupur Photos
 Pics Courtesy: http://www.holidayiq.com/Dal-madol-Sightseeing-Photos-Bishnupur-1045-17883-ap1.htmlDalmadol/Dalmardan cannon, is said to be built by Madanmohan himself to defend against the Marathas in 17th Century during King Gopal Sing's reign. The cannon is 3.84 m in length and its inner diameter of the muzzle face is only 29 cm whereas the outer diameter is 66.5 cm. The cannon was built by 63 rings, which were formed in three concentric layers of iron. It represents the glory of Malla Kings of Bishnupur...

Kalak Bangadi, Largest Cannon At Janjira Fort

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Kalak Bangadi, Largest Cannon At Janjira Fort, Weighting over 12 Tons


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kalak_Bangadi,Janjira_Fort.jpg

WW I Gun INDIAN WAR MEMORIAL MUSEUM,RED FORT

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This gun was used in WW-I,kept at INDIAN WAR MEMORIAL MUSEUM,RED FORT,Delhi
Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_yellow/6912944334/

A Gun from collection of Jodhpur Fort, India

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Ancient Gun at Fort Kochi

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Ancient Gun at Fort Kochi
Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/uasatish/8722888250/
Ancient Gun at Fort Kochi.. The plank reads PART OF FORT EMMANUEL WERE THE GUNNERY, FILLED WITH POWERFUL GUN TO KEEP A CHECK ON THE INCOMMING SHIPS WAS LOCATED.

Malik-e-Maidan Tope (Canon), Bijapur

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Next to Gol Gumbaz and Ibrahim Roza, Malik-e-Maidan Tope is the next major attraction in Bijapur. According to my guide Veeranna two such cannons, each weighing 50 tonnes, were made in present day Madhya Pradesh and brought here. One of the cannons got drowned in a river while crossing it.


The body is supposed to be an alloy of five metals and one specialty of this cannon is that it never heats up even in the worst of summers. The bore diameter is approximately 15 inches. Just try to imagine the power of the blast.


Art and engineering join hands to create this weapon. As you see here, an elephant is getting crushed in a lion's jaws. That's supposed to depicts the cannon's destructive power.


The lion face actually looks fierce. The eyes and whiskers add fierceness to the face. Notice the nostril and the ears. Very detailed. The cannon would flatten everything in front of it and leave an open field.


This cannon is installed on the western wall of Bijapur city to…

The south fort and the old gun

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The southern fort stands on the top of a bluff crag at the south end of the same range as the northern one. The fort has an inner and outer line of works. The works were chiefly curtains 10 to 20 feet high defended by bastions holding ordance. The inner line of works was higher than the northern fort and commanded both that fort and the town. These have been partially destroyed. The fort and a little level space and a poor water supply from a small cister. The only object of interest in the fort is an old English cannon dated 8.2.1925 which is 6’101/2” long. There is an inscription dated 1543 A.D. in cae No. III at Badami recording abhayaion of a bastion on the southern fort just above the caves, by the abhaya king Sadasivaraya.

A cannon gun at Vijaydurg fort

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A cannon gun at Vijaydurg fort ; District Sindhudurga ; Maharashtra ; India
Source: http://www.dinodia.com/ImageBigView.asp?ImageID=115374

India Travel-Old Arm's and Gun's-Jodhpur Fort-Rajasthan-India

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This photograph is taken from Jodhpur Fort museum.These all were the Guns that were used during the King's time , at that these were known as Killer guns.Their design is unique and amazing but they are really hard to operate.To know more please click here. Source: http://unseenrajasthan.blogspot.in/2012/07/www.unseenrajasthan.com.html

Gun Used by Godse : Beretta Model 1934

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Beretta Model 1934
Nathuram Godse infamously used a Beretta M1934 on January 30 1948, firing three times at Gandhi at close range. This event is featured in both the opening and closure of the film.

Source http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Gandhi

Soldiers of the 3rd Sappers and Miners : Armies of India

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Credit: Soldiers of the 3rd Sappers and Miners Lance, Naik, Brahman of Oudh. Jemadah, Dekhani Mahratti, illustration for 'Armies of India' by Major G.F. MacMunn, published in 1911, 1908 (w/c on paper)99:male; Indian; soldier; sepoy; turban; military uniform; costume; full length; portrait; distinguished; British Empire; Imperial history; standing; regiment; spade; worker; gun; rifle; sword; Indian army; British Raj; Asian;, Lovett, Alfred Crowdy (1862-1919) / National Army Museum, London / The Bridgeman Art Library
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Firearms used in the film Gandhi: Internet Movie Firearms database

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Martini-Henry RifleWhilst Gandhi is spending some time in a South African prison, guards in the background are seen armed with Martini-Henry rifles. Whilst the exact model of the rifles featured is difficult to make out, the length of the operating leaver would suggest that they are no later than Mk. III variants. The Mk. IV model that followed was characterised by a longer lever which aided the extraction of cartridges.


Short Magazine Lee-Enfield (SMLE) The Short Magazine Lee-Enfield (SMLE) is seen throughout the film in the hands of British and Indian soldiers as well as Gurkhas recruited from Nepal. Given that the film was shot mainly in India, most of these Lee-Enfields are likely to have been built or at least refurbished in India at the factory in Ishapore. Some examples can be seen with squared-off foresight protectors which confirm this.
.303 SMLE Mk. III.

Reverend Charlie Andrews is confronted by an SMLE-carrying soldier whilst visiting Gandhi in jail. Gurkhas march …