Thursday, March 22, 2007

The Living Daylights - Part II

Question:- Has India ever had Daylight Saving Time?
Ans:- No??

Are you sure??

While making my previous post on Daylight Saving Time (DST), I came across this diagram on Wikipedia. I could hardly believe my eyes when I noticed India being shown as one of the countries which have once had DST. After looking around a lot of places and finding no mention of it, I returned to trusty old wiki, and found this.

The line said that India had briefly adopted DST during war times. But names of the wars, or any other reference link had not been given. I imagined that DST must have been implemented in India during the British times, i.e. during World War I or II. But some further research on wiki lead me to this and this.

So folks, here is a piece of data that might help you win 2 crores in KBC. :-)

India does not observe Daylight Saving Time now. During the Sino-Indian War in 1962 and the India-Pakistan Wars in 1965 and 1971, it was used.

Meanwhile, I am still on the lookout for more information on this, in order to find out exactly why and for how long was DST implemented in India during those wars. In case anyone reading this blog has some information about this, I request him/her to post a comment and share the information.

1 comment:

Nikhil Kulkarni said...

Well ... I guess India has always had a bit too much of daylight to engage in a wasteful exercise of saving it ;-)

I suggest you too stop f***ing your brains out for any info on this one ;-P 'coz most of the people online today were either not born when this happened or were young enough not to realize even if the Sun itself would engage in Daylight savings :-D