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 16 Apr 2016 Article/Essay
Essay:
How Sanskrit Led To The Creation Of Mendeleev’s Periodic Table
By Subhash Kak
Swarajya - November 21, 2015

How the two-dimensional structure of Sanskrit could have led to the creation of the periodic table.

It is an amusing fact that the original names used by Mendeleev for gallium and... Read More
 16 Apr 2016 Article/Essay
Essay:
The Aryan-Dravidian Divide Is A Political Myth
By David Frawley
Swarajya - April 13, 2016

Traveling throughout India, including much time in the south, I have been trying to make sense of the proposed Aryan-Dravidian divide, and the call for a pure Dravidian culture that one hears in Tami... Read More
 29 Mar 2016 Article/Essay
Essay:
How India Made Britain More Literate: The ‘Beautiful Tree’ Beyond Dharampal
By Aravindan Neelakandan
Swarajya - March 20, 2016

It wasn’t India which improved its schooling system by imitating Britain’s. Rather, it was the other way round.

Every Indian learns at some point about h... Read More
 29 Mar 2016 Article/Essay
Article:
New Paradigm For India: From Nation-State To Civilizational-State
By Abhinav Prakash Singh
Swarajya - March 21, 2016

"...It is common for Indians to face the sarcastic question, “Which Indian are you? Aryan, Dravidian, Austro-Asiatic or Tamil, Assamese or Punjabi?” And it is even mo... Read More
 7 Mar 2016 New Books
New Book:
Rearming Hinduism
By Vamsee Juluri
Published by Westland - 2014

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Rearming Hinduism is a handbook for intellectual resistance. Through an astute and devastating critique of Hinduphobia in today’s a... Read More
 9 Feb 2016 Article/Essay
Article:
What did Harappans eat, how did they look? Haryana has the answers
By Riddhi Doshi
Hindustan Times | May 17, 2015

Along the banks of the Ghaggar-Hakra river lie the graves of a typical family. The woman was likely the daughter of a wealthy trader. In death, she wears her favourite shel... Read More
 9 Feb 2016 Article/Essay
Article:
DNA could solve mystery of the Indus Valley civilization that ruled Asia during the Bronze Age
By Jason Burke
The Guardian - Feb. 2, 2016

The origins of the people of the Indus Valley civilisation has prompted a long-running argument that has lasted for more than five decades.
Some scho... Read More
 5 Feb 2016 Article/Essay
Article:
Our history books need rewriting
By Sanjeev Sanyal
LiveMint - 5 February 2016

Textbooks on Indian history have to be purged of Marxist and colonial biases that ignore historical evidence.

The debate over the need to re-write Indian history textbooks is heating up and, yet again, it is ... Read More
 12 Nov 2015 New Books
New Book:
Eminent Historians: Their Technology, Their Line, Their Fraud
By Arun Shourie
Published by HarperCollins - 2015

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Eminent Historians: Their Technology, Their Line, Their Fraud by Arun Shourie, offers an authoritative exposé on the NCERT controvers... Read More
 12 Nov 2015 Article/Essay
Essay:
Tipu Sultan in History: Revisionism Revised
By Narasingha Sil
Published in SAGE Journal - 2 April 2013

This historiographical essay seeks to chart a middle course between what may be called Tipu bashing and, to borrow an expression from Anne Buddle, “Tipu Mania,” with a v... Read More
 23 Oct 2015 Article/Essay
Article:
Ancient civilization: Cracking the Indus script
By Andrew Robinson
Nature magazine - 20 October 2015

Andrew Robinson reflects on the most tantalizing of all the undeciphered scripts — that used in the civilization of the Indus valley in the third millennium bc.

The Indus civilization... Read More
 4 Oct 2015 Article/Essay
Article:
Interview with D.N. Jha, historian of ancient India and the author of
‘The Myth of the Holy Cow'
By Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashasta
Frontline - 2012

Q: Your book ‘The Myth of the Holy Cow' dispels the impression that Muslims introduced beef-eating in the Indian subcontinent. What were t... Read More
 2 Aug 2015 Article/Essay
Essay:
The Pernicious Effects Of The Misinterpreted Greek Synchronism In Ancient Indian History.
By Kosla Vepa PhD
Paper presented at The ICIH 2009, Delhi, India

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It was F E Pargiter, who introduced the notion of a Synchronism in Indian Historiography, in one ... 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 Article/Essay
Essay:
The Nalanda debate - Grist to the reactionary mill
The above account mentions the fortress of Bihar as the target of Bakhtiyar’s attack.
By D.N.Jha
Indian Express - 9 July 2014

I was amused to read ‘How History was Made up at Nalanda’ by Arun Shourie who has dished out to readers h... Read More
 26 Jul 2015 Article/Essay
Essay:
How history was made up at Nalanda
The story behind a Marxist historian’s story of its destruction by ‘Hindu fanatics’.
By Arun Shourie
Indian Express - 28 June 2014

“The mine of learning, honoured Nalanda” — that is how the 16th-17th century Tibetan historian, Taranath, refer... Read More
 27 May 2015 New Books
New Book:
LAND OF THE SEVEN RIVERS
A Brief History of India’s Geography
By Sanjeev Sanyal
Published by Penguin - 2013

DID THE GREAT FLOOD OF INDIAN LEGEND ACTUALLY HAPPEN? WHY DID THE BUDDHA WALK TO SARNATH TO GIVE HIS FIRST SERMON? HOW DID THE EUROPEANS MAP INDIA? The history of any country b... 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
 12 Mar 2015 New Books
New Book:
The Quest for the Origins of Vedic Culture: The Indo-Aryan Migration Debate
By Edwin Francis Bryant
Published by Oxford University Press - 2001

Western scholars have argued that Indian civilization was the joint product of an invading Indo-European people--the "Indo-Aryans"--and indige... Read More
 12 Mar 2015 Article/Essay
Essay:
Use Science, not Ideology, to Correct Historiography
By Sumedha Verma Ojha

India must pursue knowledge of its past for the sake of it and not to push any agenda. It must remove the ideological bias that exists against putting resources into any indigenist issues. But to repeat the mistake... Read More