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For a long time, until India became independent and free from the colonial empire of the British, Indian history was interpreted by European scholars as they saw and understood the world according to their beliefs and value system. They superimposed upon the history of India their vision of the ancient world in which Europe was the center stage and Greece and Rome were the cradle of human civilization. For them the world history began with Stonehenge and ended with the second World War. If they made any reference to Egypt, India and China, it was in reference to some Western expedition, conquest or travel tales. The tradition continued with some thematic upgrades, even after Indian became independent in the hands of secular historians who either tried to gloss over the facts of history or painted them with their Marxist socialist beliefs and value system.

Lost in this construction of Indian history was the true character of ancient India and its contribution to the progress of human civilization and the development of religious knowledge and wisdom. Indian history is not yet fully free from the imagery they created and perpetuated and the way they subordinated its importance to that of Greece and Rome, which were comparatively smaller empires than their contemporary counterparts in India and China.

On the contrary, some even tried to interpret Indian history and its scriptures from psychoanalytical perspective, without any genuine evidence. For them absence of genuine historical evidence is an excuse to present their own version of pseudo intellectual fiction and subliminal impressions as genuine Indian history. Going by the recent archeological findings, early migration patterns, and genetic research, India might as well be the cradle of human civilization, a subject which not many in the western academia are willing to put up for even discussion. It is also possible that a lot of ancient history of India and its cultural antiquity is deeply buried  beneath the layers of sand in the deserts of Sahara and Thar, or sunk deep in the ocean beds of Arabian sea and Indian ocean or lost beneath the permafrost of Siberia or even the frozen continent. Some even allude to its connection with the lost civilizations such as Lemuria and Atlantis.

The following essays attempt to present Indian history from a different perspective, as seen and understood by a non-historian with a sound understanding of India's diversity and cultural ethos.

The History of image or Idol worship

An Alternate View of India's Religious History

Literary Evidence in The Construction of Indian History

An Important Development in the History of Hinduism

New Facts About the History and Antiquity of Hinduism

Serpent or Snake Worship in Southern India

A Great Hindu Emperor Not Many Hindus Know

Yin and Yang, and the Hindu Connection

The Meaning And Significance Of Swastika In Hinduism

The Origin and Significance of the Epic Mahabharata

The Origin and Character of Hindu Drama

The Construction of Hinduism

The Early History of Madras (Chennai)

Slavery in British India

Suppression of Thugs in British India

Mahatma Gandhi on Swadeshi, Hinduism and Conversions

The Interest of European Scientists in Indian Calendar and Chronology

The history of Afghanistan

Confusion Over Indian History

The Chronology of Afghanistan's history

A brief history of Afghanistan

The origin of the name Afghan

Akbar, Emperor of India

Alexander's Invasion of India. Fact and Fiction

Descriptions Of Ancient India During Mauryan Period

The Aryan invasion

The Pros and Cons of the Theory of Aryan Invasion into India

History of Atheism in Ancient India

Battle over Indian History

Caste system the bane of Hinduism

The Bravery of Anicent Indians

The Early Western Images Of Hinduism

Herodotus account of India

History of Hinduism - the Ancient Period

History of Hinduism, the Medieval period

History of Hinduism, the Modern Period

The Role of Historians in Indian History

The Biggest Holocaust in World History

The Religion of the Indus Valley Civilization

The Arthashastra of Kautilya

The Historical Origin of Lord Krishna, the Incarnation of Vishnu

Traces of the Mahabharat in Sangam Literature

Science and Religion in Ancient India

Religious Tolerance in Ancient India

The Myth, Romance and Historicity of Alexander and His Influence on India

The History of Bharata or India According to Indian Astronomy

Distortions in Indian History, Dealing With Core Issues

A Comparative and Critical Study of Shankaradeva, Vallabha and Chaitanya

Was Bhakti Movement Anti Women?

India in Primitive Christianity - An E-Text

The History, Antiquity and Chronology of Hinduism

Hinduism Beliefs About War

Treatment of Animals in Hinduism

Ascetic Traditions and Practices in Hinduism

Atheism and Materialism in Ancient India

History of Hinduism - Tribal Traditions

A Critical Study of the Chronology of Siddhas

Abhinavagupta

Ajivikas - Their History and Philosophy

An Account of Angirasa, A Hindu Sage

The History and Antiquity of Kasi or Varanasi

History and information about Mathura and Vrindavan Temples

The Formation of Solar System

The Zodiac and Its Antiquity

The Life and Philosophy of Pythagoras

The Historical Christ, The Story of Jesus From Occult Sources

History Of The Four Buddhist Councils

History Of Buddhism, Early Period

History of Buddhism: The Mauryan Period

History Of Buddhism, The Post Mauryan Period, Reasons For Decline

Chinese Buddhism

Mahayana Buddhism

The Staus of Buddhist Women in Buddha's Time

A History of Chinese Buddhism

The Rock Edicts of King Asoka

Chinese Buddhism

Life and History of Maha Moggallana

The Mahayana Buddhism - History and Metaphysics

Readings from the edicts of king Asoka

Theravada Buddhism Chronology

History of Jainism, Its Prophets and Sects

The Ten Gurus of Sikhism

The History of Zoroastrianism

Zoroaster, Zarathushtra, Zarathustra

Books On The History Of Hinduism And India

 

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