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Indian History Part 61 The Dance of Religions; Section IV The Medieval Hindu Revival

Udaipur, India 2 January 2017  REFORM THROUGH BHAKTI At the time when the Islamic conquest of the sub-continent began in earnest, Hindu Brahmanism was fully established in India. All religious questioning and competition that had been posed by Buddhism and Jainism had been comprehensively removed. The most important socio-cultural event of the 14th and 15th […]

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Indian History Part 61 Section III: The Mingling Mysticism

Mumbai, 18 December 2017   In early 14th century the religious make up of India was gradually altering. Buddhism had almost vanished from the land of its birth; Jainism was confined to a narrow area in the west of the sub-continent; and Islam was in its infancy, spread across scattered settlements in North India and […]

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Indian History Part 61 The Dance of the Religions Section I: The Assiduous Power of Hinduism

Canberra, 10 December 2017   From the earliest times, Indian civilisation has flourished within the confines of a great social and religious system called Hinduism. Although Hinduism is now equated to a religion, it has always been, and continues to be, a system as old and unique as the civilisation that it nurtured. The initiation, […]

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Part 55 KHILJI MILITARISM Section III Ala ud-Din Khilji – Military Conquests

Canberra, 12 March 2017   In medieval times a kingdom’s foreign policy was inextricably intertwined with both offensive and defensive military expeditions. This was the universal truth. Ala ud-Din was one of the most ambitious rulers to have sat on the throne of Delhi. Therefore, it is not surprising that after successfully establishing himself as […]

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Indian History Part 45 ISLAM IN INDIA: AN OVERVIEW OF THE EARLY DAYS

Canberra, 28 October 2015 Analysing and explaining the arrival of Islam and its deepening thrust into the Indian sub-continent is an endeavour in Indian historiography that is fraught with difficulty, primarily because of the confrontational rhetoric associated with any discussion of the religion in the 21st century, both in India and elsewhere in the world. […]

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Indian History Part 23: THE INDIAN APPROACH TO PHILOSOPHY

Canberra, 2 January 2014 Indian philosophy has its roots in the Vedic period and was initially an attempt by the great sages of that era to find answers to the fundamental questions of human existence: What is the world? If it is a creation, then who was the creator? What is life? What is ‘truth’? […]

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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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