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Hindus of India

Brig. Jagdev Singh (Author)
Synopsis The Hindu civilization is one of the oldest. Of the contemporary cultures of Central Asia and the Middle East there is no trace, barring some scattered relics of their past. The Sumerians, Semites, Hittites, Egyptians, Babylonians, Elamites, Greeks, Romans, are all gone for good, buried deep under the layers of time. The Hindu religion and culture had to be dynamic to have survived, had to be dynamic to have survived, even withstood the assaults of Islam and Christianity. This culture took millenniums in the making; it has in its ambit the time honoured great thoughts that flowered on this subcontinent. It produced people of towering achievements, great emperors and philosophers, warriors and men of sciences, arts and literature, leaders in religion and state craft, some amongst the greatest that ever walked this earth. The second millennium, however, saw its gradual decline, till by the middle of the nineteenth century, its people, having earlier drifted from a scientific temper and unity of purpose, fell, from affluence and the place amongst the world leaders in trade and commerce, and were captured by the British, almost to a man, and were plundered to abject penury. Yet the essentials of the civilization remained intact. What enabled it to withstand the ravages of time were the stolid patience of its people, its culture, the religion and its philosophy, and even the caste system.
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About the author

Brig. Jagdev Singh

Brigadier Jagdev Singh graduated in civil engineering from the Punjab University, Lahore, now in Pakistan, in 1947, and in 1948 he was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers of the Indian Army. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College and has held important staff and command appointments during his service. He was an engineer regimental commander in the Chhamb Jauraian sector during the 1965 was with Pakistan. During the 1971 war he was the chief engineer of the force that took Dacca, now the capital of Bangladesh, and was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal. He retired from the Army in 1979. He is the author of Dismemberment of Pakistan, a book published in 1988, about the history of the rift between the eastern and the western wings of the original Pakistan and the role played by India and its army in liberating the eastern wing and bringing about Bangladesh. During the course of his service, and subsequently, Brigadier Singh has graveled extensively throughout the length and the breadth of the country and has interacted with various groups, sects, tribes, castes that constitute the Hindus of today. He has discussed with priests, god-men, the curators of museums and important ancient sites, culture and civilization, and has studied the religion as it is commonly understood.

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Title Hindus of India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121205999
length 460p., Maps; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.