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FROM INDUS TO INDEPENDENCE: A TREK THROUGH INDIAN HISTORY: Part 9

Canberra, 16 March 2013 MAGADHA ASCENDANT (684-321 BC) The north-western part of India, what is today Afghanistan and almost the whole of the Punjab, the then kingdom of Gandhara with Taxila as the capital, remained under Achaemenid rule till after 4th century BC. However, about three hundred years earlier, one of the 16 Mahajanapadas that […]

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FROM INDUS TO INDEPENDENCE: A TREK THROUGH INDIAN HISTORY Part 8

Canberra 02 March 2013 THE FERMENT OF RELIGIOUS THOUGHT (~600 to 250 BC) Section III Vardhamana Mahavira—Conqueror of the Spirit The Spread of Jainism A few decades after Siddhartha (who went on to become the Buddha) was born as a Sakya prince, another spiritual leader who would have great influence on the religious fabric of […]

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FROM INDUS TO INDEPENDENCE: A TREK THROUGH INDIAN HISTORY Part 8

Canberra, 18 February 2013 THE FERMENT OF RELIGIOUS THOUGHT (~600 to 250 BC) Section II A Prince Explains Life and Creates a Religion The Story of Buddhism Kapilavastu was the capital of the Aryan tribe of Sakya (meaning proud) whose territories were situated between the rivers Rapti and Rohini in the Himalayan foothills. The Sakyas […]

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FROM INDUS TO INDEPENDENCE: A TREK THROUGH INDIAN HISTORY Part 8

Canberra, 06 February 2013 THE FERMENT OF RELIGIOUS THOUGHT (~600 to 250 BC) Section I: The Upanishads Introduction Of all the periods in Indian history, the time between 6th and mid-2nd century BC can easily be confirmed as intellectually the most volatile. The period was defined by a palpable surge towards rationalism with the rejection […]

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FROM INDUS TO INDEPENDENCE: A TREK THROUGH INDIAN HISTORY Part 7

Canberra, 26 January 2013 CLAN-STATES AND KINGDOMS (~ 600-300 BC) Starting from around 600 BC, within a short span of about three centuries, two disparate developments changed the face of North India forever. First, the geographically small clan and sub-clan holdings of the Vedic Period gradually got subsumed into a complex system of larger entities […]

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FROM INDUS TO INDEPENDENCE: A TREK THROUGH INDIAN HISTORY Part 6

Canberra, 19 January 2013   OF HINDUISM, THE CONCEPT OF TIME, AND THE VARNA SYSTEM The Vedic form of belief and worship is the precursor to modern Hinduism. The Vedic mode of worship consisted of the performance of sacrifices (yajna) to the accompaniment of the chanting of Rig Vedic verses and other songs. The word […]

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FROM INDUS TO INDEPENDENCE: A TREK THROUGH INDIAN HISTORY Part 5

Canberra, 11 January 2013   THE VEDIC AGE (1500 BC – about 500 AD) Section II: THE COMING (RETURN?) OF THE ARYANS Around the same time that the Harappan Civilisation was declining at a rapid rate, a new group of Indo-Aryan speaking pastoral nomads had entered north-west India. Indo-Aryan and Indo-European are terms for languages […]

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FROM INDUS TO INDEPENDENCE: A TREK THROUGH INDIAN HISTORY

Canberra, 19 December 2012 Part 5   THE VEDIC AGE (1500 BC – about 500 AD) Section I: DECIPHERING THE EPICS The decline and disappearance of the Harappan Civilisation can be regarded as the beginning of recorded history in the Indian context where textual sources provide verifiable information for the historian to analyse. There are […]

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FROM INDUS TO INDEPENDENCE: A TREK THROUGH INDIAN HISTORY

Canberra, 8 December 2012 PART 4 HARAPPAN (INDUS VALLEY) CIVILISATION (3300-1300 BC) Anecdote. In 1856 AD, two brothers, both British engineers, were laying the East Indian Railway Company’s line from Karachi to Lahore. In order to get sufficient ballast they visited an ancient ruined city called Brahminabad full of well-burned bricks. The bricks were promptly […]

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FROM INDUS TO INDEPENDENCE: A TREK THROUGH INDIAN HISTORY

Canberra, 4 December 2012 Part 3 PRE-HISTORIC ANTECEDENTS In remote times the Indian subcontinent was linked to East Africa and human habitation in India must have originated from the migration out of Africa that started around 1.8 million years ago. The contours of the ancient societies that inhabited the Indian subcontinent can only be traced […]

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