Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Quiz of the Day - 2 May 2012

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I am sticking to another visual clue for today's quiz, although, I must say that it should be much easier to crack.
This painting by Francis Hayman was done to capture an event which can truly be termed as the turning point in the Indian history. Which even am I talking about? Also, can you name the two main characters in the painting?
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The answer will be published tomorrow.
Answer: Anonymous is almost correct.
This painting by Francis Hayman depicts the scene after the Battle of Plassey, when Mir Jafar meets a victorious Robert Clive, ostensibly to congratulate each other on a conspiracy well executed. The battle took place in the year 1757 at Plassey, near Murshidabad, the then capital of the Bengal Sultanate. Although, the British East India Company's army were hopelessly outnumbered at 3000 against 35,000, due to a secret pact between the British and Siraj's lieutenants, led by Mir Jafar, Nawab's forces were routed and Siraj had to flee from the battlefield. Mir Jafar, then ascended the throne with support from Clive. For his treachery, even today, Mir Jafar is a reviled figure. In Bengali language, the moniker "Mir Jafar" is synonymous with a treacherous person.


  1. Anonymous7:57 PM

    battle of plassey.loard clive and mir jafar khan.picture depicts the surrendering of mir jafar before clive

    1. Man, you do rock! :)
      It is Battle of Plassey indeed! Actually, Mir Jafar did not surrender to Clive. This picture captures the scene after the battle was over. Mir Jafar & Clive meet, in all probability, to congratulate each other and to decide how the spoils should be shared.

    2. Good one... I was thinking more in the lines of some "peace pact" being negotiated

    3. Yes Anindya, the picture seems to convey that type of message only.