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 26 Jul 2015 Article/Essay
Article:
Nalanda and the pursuit of science
By Amartya Sen
The Hindu - 24 January 2011

‘Nalanda stood for the passion of propagating knowledge, understanding.' Amartya Sen's keynote address at the 98th Indian Science Congress in Chennai on January 4.

The subject of this talk is Nalanda and th... Read More
 26 Jul 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
TABAQAT-I-NASIRI
By Minhaj-i-Siraj of Juzjani
Edited by W.Nassau Lees
Printed at College Press, Calcutta - 1864

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Evidence in literature suggests that in 1193, the Nalanda University was sacked ... Read More
 26 Jul 2015 Video
Audio Interview:
History of Ancient Universities in India
Vikas in discussion with Sahana Singh

Listen to this interview:

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"Foreign students came to the establishment to put an end to their doubts and then become celebrated." So said Xuanzang about Nalanda University in hi... Read More
 12 Jul 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital rare Book:
The Sultanate of Delhi (711- 1526 A.D.)
By Ashirbadi Lal Srivastava
Published by Shiv Lal Agarwala & Co., Agra - 1950

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Image:

The tomb of the Emperor Ghiyas al-Din Tughluq (r.1320-25). Origina... Read More
 23 May 2015 Article/Essay
Essay:
Short Chronologies at Arm's Length: Ajanta & Beyond
By Sara Weisblat Schastok
as published in the ARS ORIENTALIS SUPPLEMENT

THIS ESSAY, originally offered during the 1990 Association for Asian Studies meeting at the invitation of Robert Brown, posits that Walter Spink's short chronologie... Read More
 20 May 2015 Article/Essay
Essay:
Some Grey Areas in Fixing the Date of the Vakataka Phase of Ajanta Caves
By Rajesh K.Singh

Introduction:
This essay is a kind of historiography, which attempts to investigate afresh some of the vital points in dating the Ajanta caves of the Mahayana or Vakataka period. The need for the ta... Read More
 20 May 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Vakataka - Gupta Age
Circa 200-550 A.D.
By Ramesh Chandra Majumdar and Anant Sadashiv Altekar
Reprinted by Motilal Banarsidass Publications - 1986
First published in 1967

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The Vākāṭaka Empire (Marathi: वाकाटक) w... Read More
 11 Feb 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book :
The Questions Of King Milinda
By Thomas William Rhys Davids
Printed at The Clarendon Press, Oxford - 1890

The Milinda Panha is an ancient and much venerated book of the Buddhists, indeed regarded so highly as to be included by the Burmese in the Pali Canon. In the Pali book i... Read More
 11 Feb 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The Milindapanho, being dialogues between King Milinda and the Buddhist sage Nagasena
By Vilhelm Trenckner (1824-1891)
Published by Williams and Norgate, London - 1880
In Pali

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The Milinda Panh... Read More
 9 Feb 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
History and Doctrines of the Ajivikas, a Vanished Indian Religion
By Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Published by Motilal Banarsidass Publications - 1951

The book presents the history and the Doctrines of the Ajivikas who formed a third heretical sect besides the sect of Gautama Budd... Read More
 9 Feb 2015 Rare Maps
Plan of the Barabar Caves and an elevation of the entrance to the Lomas Rishi Cave, Gaya, Bihar - 1814

Pen-and-ink drawing of the plan of the Barabar Caves and an elevation of the entrance to the Lomas Rishi Cave at Gaya in Bihar, dated 1814. Inscribed on front in ink: 'Gya.' The excavation of t... Read More
 9 Feb 2015 Rare Photographs
View of entrance to Lomas Rishi Cave and Sudama Cave, Barabar Hills, Bihar - 1870

Photograph of the entrance to Lomas Rishi and Sudama caves taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s. The excavation of these two caves has been both architecturally and epigraphically dated to around 250 BC, when ... Read More
 9 Feb 2015 Rare Photographs
Entrance to the Lomas Rishi Cave, Barabar Hills, Gaya, Bihar - 1865

Photograph of the entrance to the Lomas Rishi cave taken by Alexander E. Caddy in 1895. The excavation of this cave has been dated both architecturally and epigraphically to around 250 BC, when the area was ruled by the Mauryan ... Read More
 9 Feb 2015 Rare BOOKS
Reprint:
The Wonder That Was India
By Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Published by Pan Macmillan
First published in 1954, London

A classic that anybody with an interest in the civilisational beginnings of India must read, this is a work of uncompromising scholarship and a labour of love A.L. Basham’s... Read More
 9 Feb 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The AJIVIKAS
By Beni Madhab Barua
Published by The University of Calcutta - 1920

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Ajivika, an ascetic sect that emerged in India about the same time as Buddhism and Jainism and that lasted unti... Read More
 4 Feb 2015 Article/Essay
An important and well-researched essay that unravels the myth of 'Greek origins behind Hindu mathematics' and how this was perpetuated down the ages...

The Reception of Ancient Indian Mathematics by Western Historians
By Albrecht Heeffer
Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science, Ghent Universi... Read More
 3 Feb 2015
Nose reconstruction surgery in ancient India:

The Impact of Indian Methods for Total Nasal Reconstruction
By Larry S. Nichter, M.D., Raymond F. Morgan, M.D., and Mark A. Nichter, Ph.D., M.P.H.

The Indian art and science of total nasal reconstruction comprise the first if not the most important ... Read More
 1 Feb 2015 New Books
New Book:
The Crest of the Peacock: Non-European Roots of Mathematics
By George Gheverghese Joseph
Published by Princeton University Press - 2011

Like the crest of a peacock, like the gem on the head of a snake, so is mathematics at the head of all knowledge.
—Vedanga Jyotisa (c. 500 bc)

Fro... Read More
 25 Sep 2014 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
A Historical View of the Hindu Astronomy, from the earliest dawn of science in India to the present time.
In two parts:
Part I. The ancient astronomy.
Part II. The modern astronomy, with an explanation of the apparent cause of its introduction, and the various impositions tha... Read More
 6 Jul 2014 Article/Essay
Article:
How history was made up at Nalanda
By Arun Shourie | June 28, 2014

“The mine of learning, honoured Nalanda” — that is how the 16th-17th century Tibetan historian, Taranath, referred to the university at Nalanda. At the time I-tsing was at the university, there were 3,700 monks. Th... Read More