Overview for India in the Vedic Age: A History of Aryan Expansion in India
Vedas aren't just the scriptural texts, but the earliest record of Indo-Aryan civilization. On the basis of this corpus of mankind's oldest literature, together with his indepth analyses of the later-day Puranic writings, Professor Bhargava offers the first ever systematic, well-knit study of the Aryan expansion on the Indian subcontinent since c. 3100 BC. Retrieving, thus, hard historical facts from the complex Sanskrit verses of ancient seers, Dr. Bhargava's book opens a fascinating panorama of life in Vedic India - highlighting, in particular, its powerful dynastic families, its rsis, society, economic conditions, political setup, religion, philosophy and literature. The book also includes a vivid description of the Aryan homeland, its geography, flora, fauna, and a lot else. Now in its third enlarged, fully revised and updated edition, India in the Vedic Age has, ever since its first appearance in 1956, been acclaimed not only by prestigious journals or discerning readers, but also by many Indologists/Sanskritists/historians of worldwide eminence, including notably, A.L. Basham, K.D. Vajpeyi Ludwik Sternbach, T.G. Mainkar, and G.V. Devas. While A.S. Altekar acknowledged it as "a distinct advance over Pargiter's work", Dr. Bhargava's book is certainly, as U.N. Ghoshal observed, "the most original work of our time".
P.L. Bhargava (Author)
Dr. P.L. Bhargava had a brilliant academic achievements at the University of Lucknow. He retired as Professor and Head of the Department of Sanskrit, at the University of Rajasthan. He was also invited by several universities to deliver extension lectures. He was visiting Professor of Religion at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada from 1974 to 1976. His published works are Chandragupta Maurya and His Times; Prachin Bharat Ka Itihas and India in the Vedic Age, besides several research papers