Invitation for a lecture in Bangalore:
The Erased History of Ancient India
By Raj Vedam
at the Rotary Club, Lavelle Road, Bangalore
at 7 pm on Monday, 18th July 2016
All are welcome
"The mainstream narration of Indian prehistory and history leave a lot to be desired. It is increasingly clear that distortions, omissions and biases have taken center-stage in such narratives, in a trajectory starting from the colonial period, and now controlled by Marxist historians. The use of Colonial-Missionary hermeneutics and now Marxist hermeneutics as the only lenses with which to view Indian history has led to a distorted image of the past, and an enormous breakdown in the identity of India in the present. Ordinary Indians today are intellectually disenfranchised and unable to connect to their past. A nation that is incapable of connecting proudly and strongly to the accomplishments of the past is a defeated nation, and a people with no pride. Today there is great dissatisfaction among thinking Indians who cannot reconcile to the mainstream narratives and the glaring omissions and distortions contained therein. The mainstream narratives of Indian history have an unchallenged void in the period before the Indus Valley Civilization, and up to the time of Gautama Buddha and the Mauryas, sketchily filled in with a so-called Aryan invasion and Vedic period. Recent archeological finds at Rakhigarhi and Bhirrana now hint at a much greater antiquity than presumed before. Evidence from other fields of study also shows great antiquity of the Indian civilization.
There is today, a strong wave of intellectual hunger in the understanding of prehistory of India, validated by scientific facts, with several researchers attempting to reconstruct the past, and remove the distortions and omissions. In this talk, I will present a unique narrative on the prehistory of India by analyzing the evidence from genetics, astronomical dating, and geological records, along with evidence of knowledge transfers from India to other cultures, and will present a strong and compelling case for a prehistory dating back several tens of thousands of years ago. I will show how the Indian civilization has strongly impacted every world civilization”.
About the speaker:
Raj Vedam is an Electrical Engineer by training, and enjoys a range of intellectual pursuits. He is a numerical tinkerer who has fashioned several novel algorithms, and works at the intersection of real and integer algorithms, and with deep interest in artificial intelligence. He is an active reviewer for several engineering journals, as well as an external examiner for doctorates from some universities in India. He is a musician who has performed popular music in many events, and enjoys teaching the guitar and keyboard to children and adults in his informal, free music school. He is an amateur astronomer with an interest in the history of astronomy. Raj is a history aficionado and reads voraciously on a range on historical topics, with special interest in ancient prehistory, and the spread of knowledge, arts, culture and philosophies across cultures. He is a founder-member of the think-tank, Indian History Awareness Research (IHAR), and takes keen interest in the narratives of civilizations, and the application of scientific methods in the validation of historical narratives.