Anil Dhir

Nomira : Odisha’s Unknown Geological Heritage

By Anil Dhir Every country has various unique geological and geomorphologic features which constitute its heritage. The Geological Survey of India has identified 26 sites as National Geological Monuments. Most of these are located in geologically rich states like Rajasthan, Odisha, Karnataka, Andhra, Telangana and Tamil Nadu. In Odisha, the Pillow Lava formations found in […]


Raj Bhavan: Parking Place for Castaways of Political Parties

By Anil Dhir (This article was first written in early 2014, just before the big change in the governors happened) The Constitution of India mandates that any Indian citizen over 35 can be made a Governor. Article 163 of the Constitution further says that “there shall be a Council of Ministers with the Chief Minister […]


Odisha’s Bermuda Triangle

Anil Dhir: The Crash of the fighter trainer Hawk aircraft of Indian Air Force made breaking news in July 2015, however few know that there have been at least a dozen crashes in the small area in the last few decades. The triangle from Piarboda near Bankura to Chakulia in Jharkhand and Amarda Road Airfield […]


Ratnagiri: The Richness of the Ruins

By Anil Dhir, Bhubaneswar: Ratnagiri is among the finest examples of Buddhist settlement in eastern India. Situated is an isolated hill in the Jajpur district of Odisha, it is surrounded by alluvial plains and further bounded on all sides by three rivers, the Brahmani, the Kimiria and the Birupa and their tributaries. The village of Ratnagiri […]


Prachi Valley: History Needs to be Rewritten

By Anil Dhir, Bhubaneswar: The Prachi river valley is known for its archaeological richness, several Odia scholars claim that the tributary of the Mahanadi river system is older than the Ganga. Prachi valley was known for archaeological remains in form of temples and sculptures starting from early historic to medieval period. It has witnessed the […]


Gandhi and Lenin Co-exist in Odisha Village

By Anil Dhir, Bhubaneswar: The Statue of Lenin being toppled in Tripura is very much in the news. But both Gandhi and Lenin exist peacefully in one small corner of rural Odisha, which Indian politicians should take note of. This is perhaps the only place in the world where the Marxist and the Mahatma have […]