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Sarasvati River and the Vedic Civilization: History, Science and Politics

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Authors (s): N.S. Rajaram (Author)
Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 8177420666
Pages: xix+152p., Plates: Figures; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.
Pub. date: 01.01.2006, 1st ed.
Publisher: Aditya Prakashan
Language (s): English
Bagchee ID: BB30047
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Overview for Sarasvati River and the Vedic Civilization: History, Science and Politics

The discovery of the Sarasvati River, lauded in the Vedas as the greatest river, and the decipherment of the 5000-year old Indus script are the two most important breakthroughs in Indian history to have taken place in recent decades. The story of Sarasvati’s rediscovery in or time is also the story of the rediscovery of Vedic India. Here is a book on these epoch making developments by one who has been at the center of these discoveries. The book shows unequivocally-Harappan civilization was Vedic. Harappan archaeology represents the material remains of the culture and civilization described in the Vedic literature, and flourshed in the same geographic regions. In the present book, N.S. Rajaram, a scientist as well as historian, marshals, evidence from a wide range of sources, from archaeology and astronomy to the newly deciphered Indus seals, to shed light on the origins and the achievements of probably the most important theories and highlights important facts about natural history and population genetics that point to climate changes in Southeast Asia and the Coastal regions rather than Central Asia or Eurasia as holding the key to understanding the origins of the Vedic civilization. In the process he settles important questionsl ike the “Aryan invasion” and the “Harappan horse” by exposing the political currents and the personalities that gave rise to the brand of history imposed on the children of India by colonial authorities and their present day followers. To place it in the historical context, the book includes a summary of the current state of these politically motivated moves, including the recent controversy over textbooks used in California Schools.

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