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Wars and War-Tactics in Ancient India: With Special Reference to the Vedas, Epics, Puranas and Niti Works

Uma Prasad Thapliyal (Author)

Beginning with the Harappan age, Indian history is crowded with wars fought on its land. These wars led to the birth and decline of many a kingdoms and empires. As armies and weapons were basic instruments of war, various tactics related to their use also came to be perfected over the centuries. This work is prefaced by a general survey of the wars fought in ancient India, whose accounts are available, to serve as a backdrop to the study. The rise and fall of the kingdoms covered in this study provide substantial evidence of wars fought galore in ancient India. With time new strategies of war such as circle theory, six means, four measures, etc., came to be developed. Advanced modes of combat were devised and new methods related to the use of various weapons were perfected. But far more important were the strategical and tactical concepts perfected by the Indians over the centuries. The Mahābhārata and works like the Arthaśāstra, the Kāmandakīy Nītisāra and the Śukranīti contain graphic descriptions of war tactics as these evolved over the centuries. It is hoped that this study will inspire researchers to delve deeper into this little explored field of study. 

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Uma Prasad Thapliyal

Dr. U.P. Thapliyal was born on 8th January 1938, in village Shrikot, Khatsyum, District Garhwal, Uttaranchal. After compeleting his school education from Government Inter College, Lansdowne he joined Allahabad University and did his MA in Ancient India History. Subsequently, he did PhD from Delhi University in 1972. Dr. Thaplyal has authored many research works including 'Foreign Elements in Ancient Indian Society', 'The Dhvaja-Standards and Flags of India', -A Study, 'Bharatiya Sainiak Dhvaja Patakayen, 'Prachina Bharatiya Yoddha Paddhati' 'Prachina Bharatiya Vyuha Vijnana'. He is co-author of the prestigenous volume 'Historical Perspectives of Warfare in India, Some Morale and Material Dimensions' compiled under project History of Science, Philosophy and Culture. His research papers have been published in leading historical journals of India. As the director of the Hisotry Division, Ministry of Defence Dr. Thapliyal authored and edited many book including 'Operation Shanti', Military Costumes of India' 'stories of Heroism', 'Terrific Responsibility etc. He has also written books and accounts on military operations for the use of Indian Armed Forces. Earlier, as the Editor of Delhi Gazetteer he edited and published two volumes viz. 'Who is Who of Delhi Freedom Fighters' and 'Gazetteer of Rural Delhi'. Presently, Dr. Thapliyal is serving the Ministry of Defence as a General Editor. In 1995 Dr. Thapliyal delivered a talk on Indian contribution in World War-II at Nehru Centre, London, on the invitation of External Affairs Ministry. In 1998, he attended a seminar at Oxford University and delivered a talk on the role of Indian Army in Second World War. Dr. Thapliyal has earned many awards for his original writings from the Ministry of Defence and the mInistry of Home Affairs. His book swatantrata Andolan Ka Itihas was selected for a state Award by Delhi Government.

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Title Wars and War-Tactics in Ancient India: With Special Reference to the Vedas, Epics, Puranas and Niti Works
Format Hardcover
Date published: 13.01.2021
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789390035632
length 269p.