Remember, remember, the fifth of November,

The Gunpowder Treason and plot.

I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason

Should ever be forgot.

Today is Guy Fawkes day. You may recall him from the guy whose story Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman) tells at the beginning of the movie “V for Vendetta“. Guy Fawkes is famous for the being the guy who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605. The plot was to blow-up the House of Lords on 5 November 1605. Today when more and more affairs of our daily life are being encroached upon by the government, it is more so important to remember the man and his idea.


In the spirit of the words of  V, the protagonist in the movie V for Vendetta, “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”

Here is all that you wanted to know about the Gunpowder treason plot.

Happy Fifth of November!

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Kumar Anand

Kumar Anand is an economist with over ten years of experience working with for-profit companies, government ministries and not-for-profit think tanks. Kumar has previously worked with National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) where he was part of the research team that assisted the Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission (FSLRC). Before joining NIPFP, he worked with Hong Kong-based Asianomics Limited, where he kept a watch on the developments in the Indian sub-continent markets. Before his present role, Kumar worked with Centre for Civil Society in New Delhi, where he created an online library of Indian liberal works to preserve and revive the rich Indian liberal and free market tradition.

Currently, Kumar leads the research team at Nayi Disha in Mumbai, where he is exploring the right set of principles-based rules that should govern a city and a nation and the ways to create a popular demand for such a change. Kumar's research interests are in Indian economic history, urban economics and public choice economics. He is a graduate of Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune.