Sailen Baishya

The Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2020 was given to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman recently, who is also known as the ‘Father of the Nation’ in Bangladesh. This year, it is for the first time that the award has been awarded posthumously. He was the first Prime Minister of Bangladesh (1972–75) and later became the President of the country in 1975. He co-founded the Awami League in 1949. He is known for his crucial role in advocating political autonomy for East Pakistan. His contribution towards social, economic, and political transformation through non-violent and other Gandhian methods has made him the winner of the Gandhi Peace Prize 2020. He was born on March 17, 1920 and breathed his last on August 12, 1975 in Dhaka.

In today’s Master’s Choice section, do try out a set of questions on women freedom fighters, the Independence Movement and Indian culture, which have been compiled by Himakshi Saud, Guwahati. Meanwhile, keep writing to us with quiz reports, questions (with answers and full postal address) and interesting bits of information to: Quiz Zone, Horizon, C/o The Assam Tribune, Maniram Dewan Road, Guwahati. SMS or WhatsApp me at: 98640-26322 and e-mail at: [email protected] or [email protected] To read Quiz Zone online, you can log on to


1. She is known as ‘Old Lady Gandhi’. During the Quit India Movement, she led a protest and tried to capture the local police station to hoist the National flag. She was also an active participant of the Dandi March. Who is she?

2. “Hang’a” and “Sang’a” is a widow remarriage system popular among which group of people residing in Assam?

3. She is regarded as the first Assamese woman martyr who participated in the Non-cooperation Movement. She was formerly a labourer in a tea garden who was an alcoholic. Gandhi’s influence made her give up liquor and join the Anti-liquor Movement. Name her.

4. Name the two predominant parent deities of the Chutiyas who got Hinduised as ‘Siva’ and ‘Sakti’.

5. These are mystic song compositions ascribed to the Buddhist Siddhacharya sect which thrived between the eighth and 12th centuries and formed a part of socio-cultural heritage of Eastern India, including Kamarupa, Bengal, Odisha, and Nepal. What are they called?

6. She was a Naga spiritual and political leader who led the Heraka Movement to revive old Naga practices. She was given the title ‘Rani of Nagas’ by Jawaharlal Nehru. Who’s she?

7. This is a traditional slush-track buffalo race annually performed in the coastal districts of Karnataka as thanksgiving to the gods for protecting the animals from disease. What is it called?

8. Name the festival of Mizoram through which the government is trying to unify the Mizo population across the world. The first edition of the festival was held at Vanghmun, Tripura.

9. Name the oldest continuing theatre of India that has survived in Kerala.

10. She was an active participant of the Non-cooperation Movement and was popularly known as ‘Volunteerani Bai’ by the local people and ‘Sarojini of Assam’ by Gandhiji. Who is she?


11. What substance was included in Coca-Cola until 1903? (Debasish Sarma, Nalbari)

12. Which country successfully launched 38 foreign satellites from 18 countries using its Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket? (Mayuri Nath, Guwahati)

13. Which nation indigenously developed its first satellite – Challenge-1? (Swapnil Ranjan Borah, Via SMS)

14. When is the International Day of Happiness celebrated across the world, as proclaimed by the UN? (Simi Baruah, Jorhat)

15. Name the state which has recently increased the age of retirement of its government employees from 58 to 61 by enacting a legislation (Act). (Subrata Dutta, Tangla)

16. What is celebrated by Christians on Sunday before Good Friday? (Rim Baruah, North Lakhimpur)

17. Which Soviet leader signed the SALT treaty on May 26, 1972, in Moscow? (Navya Nilay Deka, Sanskriti the Gurukul, Guwahati)

18. India recently launched an Artificial Intelligence (AI) research and development initiative with which country? (Sanjeeb Das, Pathsala)



19. Recently, she won a gold medal in the 25m pistol event of the ISSF World Cup at New Delhi. Identity her. (Jyotishman Bhagawati, via e-mail)


20. People with this neurological condition suffer from visual image distortions. They perceive parts of their body or any other objects around them as having been altered in size. This is named after a fictional character who finds herself shrinking after drinking a strange liquid, and goes on to enter a strange world. Who is this character? (Dr Hemanga Kumar Kalita, Barpeta Road)



1. Matangini Hazra, 2. Hajong, 3. Mongri, 4. Gira and Girasi, 5. Charyapada, 6. Rani Gaidinliu, 7. Kambala, 8. Zo Kutpui Festival, 9. Koodiyattam, 10. Bhanumati Talukdar, 11. Cocaine, 12. Russia, 13. Tunisia, 14. March 20, 15. Telangana, 16. Palm Sunday, 17. Leonid Brezhnev, 18. US, 19. Chinki Yadav, 20. Alice from Alice in Wonderland.