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The veLLai gopuram of shrIraNGam temple (the white gopura). Why is it White?

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Why Indian Economy Collapsed After Turkish Invasion

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXHk_9pwf8E&t=2s But then around about the starting with the 11th century, but really taking off in the (12th century) 13th century really, this whole structure suddenly came undone, in India, of course there was the Turkish conquest and that completely threw the whole. It was not just political control, but one

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The Role of Temples and Trade Guilds in the Ancient Indian Economy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hHALUh5ixU&t=1s Now the question is, what was the basis, what was the (the) (structures) economic structure that was allowing all these trade to go back and forth? Now you may get the impression that it was all heroic traders and merchants who were putting their money on, life on (on) line

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Demystifying Ramachandra Guha

Source:- Anand Ranganathan / Twitter. https://twitter.com/ARanganathan72/status/912189095358509056 https://twitter.com/ARanganathan72/status/914497675290042369 https://twitter.com/ARanganathan72/status/914499660277891073 https://twitter.com/ARanganathan72/status/914504195117547524 https://twitter.com/i/moments/914548241697509377 https://twitter.com/ARanganathan72/status/919189175756132353 https://twitter.com/i/moments/920605240805564416 https://twitter.com/ARanganathan72/status/920630341211111426 https://twitter.com/ARanganathan72/status/924545613680623617 https://twitter.com/ARanganathan72/status/924550077158277121

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The Pandya-Simhala Alliance Against the Chola-Southeast Asia Alliance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynP7SylqJ4o Now history, of course kept going and there a somewhat better-known episode happens, which is the rise of the Chola Empire and the great raids that the Cholas did, in Southeast Asia, in the 11th century. Now why did the Cholas, were the Cholas doing raids on the Southeast Asia,

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Ancient Trade Routes to India, the Trade Surplus India Enjoyed and It’s Impact on the Roman Economy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJtIDrHTYHU&t=17s You have similar stuffs going on in the Western Indian Ocean as Indians begins to trade with the Roman Empire as well and the roots of this Roman Empire and what was going on has been left to us in a manual called “The Periplus Of The Erythraean Sea” this

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Pallava King Nandivarman II and his Southeast Asia Lineage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oouNn4gPyeY Now very often the ideas that Indians have is that, the influence of India always goes out towards Southeast Asia, that is not the case, it was not as if the Southeast Asian was sitting around and saying aaah!! The Indians have arrived and let's take some “Gyan” from them

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Odiyas – Pioneers in the naval history of Eastern Indian Ocean

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wITcjJm0iHg&t=11s?cc_lang_pref=eng&cc_load_policy=1 Now somewhere down the line, Odiya discovered that, this business of sailing along the coast was just too cumbersome and I suppose somebody who went down and that it was much much easier, to in fact rather than try and go along the coast to Southeast Asia, it would be

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The Indian connection of Khmer (Cambodia) and Charme (South Vietnam) Civilization

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wx_i-4xI-UY&t=2s?cc_lang_pref=eng&cc_load_policy=1 So there's a story which is very common in the inscriptions of Cambodia, Vietnam and so on, much later the Ankor and Charme empires rose but the story goes somewhat like this- There was an Indian Brahmin called Kaundinya who was sailing past the coast of what is now Southern

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How Hindu Kashmir Turned to Muslim Majority? (‘The Valley of Kashmir’ by Walter Lawrence)

Source:- 'The Valley of Kashmir' written by Walter Lawrence. "Sultan Sikandar came to the throne, and soon earned the nickname of Butshikan or Iconoclast, from the intense zeal he showed in destroying the grand old temples which the Hindu Rajas had bequeathed to Kashmir. Sikandar was brave and cultured, but all

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Kabo valley was LEASED to Burma in 1834. Nehru gave it up WITHOUT Parliament’s consent

Source: - The Indian Interest / Twitter. https://twitter.com/IndianInterest/status/717353836189364225 https://twitter.com/IndianInterest/status/808999701970157568 https://twitter.com/IndianInterest/status/809001156428984320 https://twitter.com/IndianInterest/status/809001632201515008

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‘The Forgotten History of India’s Maritime Past’ — A Talk by Sanjeev Sanyal

The Srijan Foundation organized a talk by Sanjeev Sanyal at the Jawahar Lal Nehru University. The topic of the talk was ‘The forgotten history of India’s Maritime Past’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoyPwRh4nRg&t=9s?cc_lang_pref=eng&cc_load_policy=1   I'm little concerned that I have been asked to bring order to disorder, none of my students through my educational career would have believed, none of my teachers in my

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India As A Guiding Light Of Knowledge For The Twenty-First Century World

Courtesy: - Subhash Kak / Swarajya Magazine SNAPSHOT Besides their contribution to the sciences, Indians have been able to connect deeply with the ‘inner world’, or the spiritual realm. Many great scientists, like Schrodinger and Heisenberg, have taken inspiration from Indic ideas to develop sophisticated modern concepts. In the twenty-first century world, India’s unique

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Western Scholar’s Efforts to Acquit Aurangzeb from his Religious Bigotry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbhtpUrr0so Nowadays there is a lot of news about the work of Audrey Truschke, who is a professor in America and who claims that Aurangzeb was a good guy, that much of the crimes attributed to him have never happened. She's part of a slightly larger movement, in Zurich three years

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Rich In Storytelling: The Song Traditions Of Rajasthan, Gujarat And The Ganga Plains

Source: - Subhash Kak / Swarajya Magazine SNAPSHOT The ever-popular song traditions of Rajasthan, Gujarat and the Ganga plains are explored in this essay. The tales on which the ballads are sung are rich in history, intrigue, magic and battles. This is the second part in a four-part essay that delves into the various

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We Must Understand the Idea That Guided the Islamic Invaders

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfAg9c6FKUw I don't think that the guilt or innocence of persons is very important, maybe if you judge has to rule on that, maybe for the time being, he may consider it important. But in a general historical vision, that's not important at all, like all the indignation about Aurangzeb and

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Why the Supreme Court Must Give a Definitive Verdict in Ayodhya Case

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Brqk9itGVpc The verdict came after 60 years on 30 September 2010. It was a bit of a mixed verdict, in the sense that, of the two Hindu plaintiffs and one Eskimo plaintiff, the Eskimos did get a little bit of the hill concerned. But the site itself, definitely went to the

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How Sanskrit Led To The Creation Of Mendeleev’s Periodic Table

Source: - Subhash Kak / Swarajya Magazine How the two-dimensional structure of Sanskrit could have led to the creation of the periodic table. It is an amusing fact that the original names used by Mendeleev for gallium and germanium are eka-aluminum and eka-silicon, where the eka, Sanskrit for one, has the sense of beyond. The prediction for

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The Iconoclasm Doctrine of Muslim Invaders

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1TLN8sKzqo&t=10s However that version, that they demolished it (temple) has been confirmed by many Eskimos in recent centuries. It's only now, the last few decades that the secular, there are the secular first of all and then in their trail the Eskimos, have maintained that there not only was never a

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Secularist Scholar’s Arguments and Tactics to Whitewash Iconoclasm in India

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZQwrPxRLVI&t=3s Now this is Richard Eaton who says this. He is an American self-described communist academic and he claims that, Hindus on a massive scale destroyed temples that this was their want. In reality, he cannot manage to find more than a few cases of Hindus not demolishing temples, but abducting

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Archaeological Findings of Ayodhya excavation and the way Secularist Historians evaded from them

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zn0_RCv8uYw&t=1s It is only in 2002 that the court, the Allahabad High court ordered an excavation of the contentious site. Now it was not the first excavation, the former excavation had been very partial. Nevertheless in the 1970s already B B Lal, the Dean of Indian Archeology, had discovered their bases,

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Anti Hindu Stand of Secular Historians in the Ayodhya Dispute

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmqW5pNQk0E&t=11s?cc_lang_pref=eng&cc_load_policy=1 There has, until the 1980s, been a big consensus about what happened at the site. The Eskimos, as well as the European travelers, as well as the European Colonials, as well as the Hindus thought that, the Babri Masjid had replaced, had forcibly replaced a Hindu temple. There was a

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How Kashmir Enriched The Religious Diversity Of India

Source: - Subhash Kak / Swarajya Magazine. SNAPSHOT This is the third part in a four-part series about the important contributions of Kashmir to Indian culture. Kashmir has made a unique imprint on the Hindu religion with its contributions of Shaivism, Vaishnavism and Tantric Shaiva traditions. Also an early centre of Buddhist scholarship,

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Dattatreya Parvatikar: The Musician as a Mystic (Excerpt)

Source:- http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/DjnP4LCD9jTBYQ20t8ci8H/Dattatreya-Parvatikar-The-musician-as-a-mystic.html Encased in a glass cabinet at the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s headquarters in New Delhi is a unique instrument. The Datta veena, which was once played by the country’s first president, Rajendra Prasad, is the only known piece of its kind today. It bears the inscription “1961”. The instrument appears

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The Enduring Appeal Of The Great Indian Epic Song Tradition

Source:- Subhash Kak / Swarajya magazine SNAPSHOT The poetic narrative of human characters with superhuman qualities executing superhuman tasks are found in the earliest Indian tradition. Indian aesthetics stresses self-transformation, and the heroic stories recounted in the epic songs are intended to inspire the listener to self-transcendence. This is the first in a four-part

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‘Essences’ About India Have Been Created By The West; It’s Time We Unshackle Ourselves From Them

Source:- Subhash Kak / Swarajya Magazine. SNAPSHOT Neither by embracing a false history or by rejecting it altogether can the Indian mind be cleansed of the encrustations placed on it by the colonialist Western narrative. The past must be confronted on its own terms and, once that is done, India turns out to

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India As A Guiding Light Of Knowledge For The Twenty-First Century World

Source: - Subhash Kak / Swarajya Magazine SNAPSHOT Besides their contribution to the sciences, Indians have been able to connect deeply with the ‘inner world’, or the spiritual realm. Many great scientists, like Schrodinger and Heisenberg, have taken inspiration from Indic ideas to develop sophisticated modern concepts. In the twenty-first century world, India’s unique

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Sai Deepak’s Podcast in Swarajya Website on Rohingya Deporation Issue (Transcript)

Source: - Swarajya Magazine R: Hello this is Rishabh and you’re listening to Swarajya Indepth. Rohingya Muslims are often referred to as Bengalis in Myanmar for their roots in today’s Bangladesh. A significant number of them were taken to the Arakan region by the British as indentured servants during colonial times. J Sai

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Understanding The Science Of Consciousness In Ancient India – Part 2

Source: - Subhash Kak / Swarajya magazine SNAPSHOT Academic advances in a scientific understanding of consciousness will lead to a better appreciation of the Indian literature on the subject. One hopes that a comprehensive chronology of the various developments in the structural models of consciousness will be eventually produced. The Vedic notion of consciousness

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