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Indian History Carnival – 21

The Indian History Carnival, published on the 15th of every month, is a collection of posts related to Indian history and archaeology.

  1. Sukumar has a hypothesis about the Indus valley women: unmarried women wore bangles only in one arm, whereas married women wore bangles in both arms. He wants help with this symbology associated with bangles and marital status.
  2. R Nandakumar writes about this visit to the Harappan site of Lothal.
  3. That of course, leaves out the famous ‘dock’, a very big and very neat rectangular depression, now looking more like a vast, shallow tank. If it really was a ship-building place/port, it would have held several dozens of vessels the size of modern mechanized fishing boats.

  4. Manish Khamesra visited the Chittaurgarh Fort and tells us the history behind it.
  5. Sometimes I wonder who among the rulers of Mewar, was most powerful. Was it Maharana Pratap? We all are aware of his defiant resistance to Akbar. Or, was it Maharana Sanga or Sangram Singh? He was once very close to rule Delhi. It was his miscalculation that Babur, being a foreigner, will leave Delhi after plundering and looting it, that cost him the throne of Delhi. Recently, I read in detail about Maharana Kumbhakaran or Kumbha, and I was forced to include his name also in this list.

  6. Murali Ramavarma has the story of Sankaranatha Jyotsar, who served as the the chief astrologer and spiritual advisor to Maharajah Ranjit Singh:
  7. Under continuous persuasion of Ranjit Singh, Sankaranatha returned to his court in 1835 and served him till his death in 1839. Though he continued to serve the disintegrating and tragedy-struck Sikh empire under Kharak Singh and Sher Singh, he was not comfortable and chose to return to the cooler shores of the south in 1844.

  8. Till 1890, the British were respected in the North-East. Feanor, explains how that changed.
  9. The most popular man in Manipur ordered his troops to fire upon the British, who then withdrew to the Residency. The Senapati’s troops attacked the Residency, whereupon Quinton was forced to sue for peace. He, Grimwood and three military officers went to the palace to negotiate. By now, the atmosphere was vitiated, and an angry soldier mortally wounded Grimwood. Realising that if they were to be hanged for a penny, they might as well hang for a pound, the Manipuris beheaded Quinton, attacked the Gurkhas, and chased all the British out of the kingdom.

  10. Since Jinnah, Nehru, the British and partition are hot topics, 2ndlook examines three scenarios— a federal India, two nations, many nations — that could have happened in 1947.

f you find any posts related to Indian history published in the past one month, please send it to jk AT varnam DOT org. Please send me links which are similar to the ones posted, in terms of content.The next carnival will be up on Oct 15th.

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Indian History Carnival – 20

The Indian History Carnival, published on the 15th of every month, is a collection of posts related to Indian history and archaeology.

  1. Where do Nairs come from? Maddy does a literature survey and “To summarize, the Nayars have been considered a derivative of local people with invading Aryans, have been wandering Scythins who settled down, the Nagas and so on. No one theory holds forte, though from all the above, the Scythian link seems to be the near fetched one”
  2. In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Paul Beckett wondered why Indians were not contributing to charity like Americans. He also used the derogatory term “Hindu rate of growth” to which Sarvesh Tiwari responds, “Here we shall share some random thoughts from the historical perspectives on Hindu outlook to economy and charity, and try showing how, there is continuity even today, although latent, of the same outlook prevailing among the more traditional Hindu shreShThins of our age.”
  3. The effort to set up a Sanskrit University in Karnataka is facing considerable opposition. Sandeep B says, “Sanskrit is what gives identity to the Indian civilisation as we know it. From Valmiki to Kalidas, every major Sanskrit literary work spoke of this identity in its own way.”
  4. History and Mythology, a blog about Amar Chitra Katha, has a post about Chandragupta II: “He is almost certainly the King Chandra eulogized in the Sanskrit inscription on iron pillar in the Quwat al-Islam mosque in New Delhi’s Qutub Minar campus, which dates back to 4th century.”
  5. “Located near the city of Jogjakarta on the island of Java, it’s a stunning remnant of the days when the Dharmic religions were politically ascendant in the islands. It was commissioned and built between 800 and 900 CE by the local monarchs so that devotees need not travel all the way to India for spiritual pilgrimage.” Usha Alexander writes about the Borobudur stupa.
  6. “In 1193 CE, Nalanda was put to a brutal and decisive end by Bakhtiyar Khilji, a Turkish Muslim invader on his way to conquer Bengal. He looted and burned the monastery, and beheaded or burned alive perhaps thousands of monks,” writes Namit Arora on his post on Nalanda.
  7. Feanor has translated Afanasii Nikitin’s fifteenth century memoirs of his travel to India. Nikitin was a merchant from the Mongol areas of Russia. He had heard that horses were in demand in India and spent few years in Deccan.
  8. Hari, based on Vaasanthi’s Cut-outs, Caste and Cine Stars, looks at the life of MG Ramachandran (1917-1987), “one of the most important figures of Tamil politics, who, with help from other prominent leaders of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), including the crafty script writer Karunanidhi, seamlessly moved between cinema and politics as if the two were one.”

f you find any posts related to Indian history published in the past one month, please send it to jk AT varnam DOT org. Please send me links which are similar to the ones posted, in terms of content.The next carnival will be up on Sep 15th.

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Indian History Carnival – 19

The Indian History Carnival, published on the 15th of every month, is a collection of posts related to Indian history and archaeology.

  1. Ravi Mundoli summarizes the current debate on the Indus script: “Seems like the lay person can’t do much other than remember that everyone has an axe to grind, and while one needn’t reject everything everyone says out of hand as being motivated by extraneous, non-academic/scientific reasons, it’s good to examine the evidence keeping in mind who is doing the analysis.
  2. Sandeep scanned through the NCERT history books and found appalling distortions. In his post he goes through four examples.
  3. Three years back, the Kannada actress Jaimala triggered a major controversy when she said that she had entered the sanctum santorum of Sabarimala. varnam writes aboutMt. Athos in Greece where even female animals are not allowed
  4. There have been debates on of if Marco Polo visited China, but now Calicut heritage asks if Marco Polo visited Calicut?
  5. Sarvesh K Tiwari’s series
    on Akbar’s U-Turn continues with a look at Sufis. “Their islamization was to however complete soon, and whatever the origins of their real traditions, the later sUfI-s came down to become zealous missionaries of Islam, often displaying no lesser bigotry than the orthodox ulemA”
  6. Nick Balmer continues his investigation into the coffee plantations of Mananthavadi: “Henry Baber was not the first person to grow coffee at Mananthavadi. As far as it is possible to tell, that honour belongs to Captain Henry Bevan, who was appointed in April 1825 to command the Wynaud Rangers, a force set up from the recently disbanded Seringapatam local battalion.”
  7. Maddy  looks at Sardar K M Panikkar’s contributions – in the Tibet issue, creation of  a naval doctrine — and  his relationship with Nehru and Krishna Menon.

f you find any posts related to Indian history published in the past one month, please send it to jk AT varnam DOT org or use this form. Please send me links which are similar to the ones posted, in terms of content.The next carnival will be up on Aug 15th.

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Indian History Carnival – 18

The Indian History Carnival, published on the 15th of every month, is a collection of posts related to Indian history and archaeology.

  1. The June 2009 issue of Pragati is a history special with two editorial perspectives, five short feature essays (including one piece of historical fiction), one book review, and passages from five books written over a spread of two thousand years.
  2. Mekhala visited the rock shelters of Bhimbetka and has a report with some wonderful photographs.
  3. During 1000 – 1500 CE period, when the maritime networks in the Indian ocean were active, a Sephardic Rabbi named Benjamin set out to travel around the world in 1160s. Except for the Orient and Spice Islands, he visited most lands traveled by Ibn Battuta. Feanor says, “There is a suspicion that this otherwise very dependable author has possibly not travelled beyond Arabia..”
  4. Did the 1857 mutiny happen in Chittagong, Dhaka, Jalpaiguri and Tripura also and were those reports supressed? Raj investigates.
  5. In August 1863 Maharani Jind Kaur died in England.”It was a peculiar and remarkably quiet end for a woman once the scourge of the British Raj in India. Only 15 years earlier, Jind Kaur, the Maharani of the Punjab, had encouraged the Sikh Empire to wage two disastrous wars against the British which led to the annexation of the Punjab and Jind being torn from her son when he was just
    nine-years-old”, writes Raza Rumi.
  6. “Around the time William Logan was writing Malabar Manual (1887), an American scholar, diplomat and lawyer was describing Calicut and its inhabitants to his young readers almost as if he were describing some little known tribe deep in the jungles of the ‘dark continent.” Calicut Heritage analyzes Towle’s  Adventures of Vasco da Gama (1878).
  7. “I would not go so far as some who would insist that a Hindu is not the person to ask about Hinduism” wrote Prof. Wendy Doniger. This prompted kupamanduka to examine the biases in Hindu studies.
  8. In his post Linguistic Nationalism, Vishal looks at the consequences of imposing a national language in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

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Indian History Carnival – 17

The Indian History Carnival, published on the 15th of every month, is a collection of posts related to Indian history and archaeology.

  1. One fundamental dispute regarding the Indus script is not on if it represents Dravidian or Indo-European language, but if it represents a language at all. A new paper published in Science showed that “Indus script has a structured sign system showing features of a formal language.” This started a debate with posts supporting (1,2) and questioning (1, 2) the paper. In a series of posts (1, 2, 3) Rahul Siddharthan explains the concepts in the paper.
  2. In the BJP Manifesto, Dr. Murali Manohar Joshi made some claims about Indian history which was dismissed by some anomymous eminent historians. Tamil Talk examines Dr. Joshi’s claims.
  3. From the ruins of Pompeii (79 CE), a statue called “Goddess Lakshmi statue in Pompeii” was found. Maddy finds out how this statue reached Rome from India.
  4. Since pirates are the newsmakers these days, CKR narrates the events of Nov 1696 when pirates took over some ships in Calicut harbor.
  5. Via Jim Davila we get a PBS video on the Syrian Christians of Kerala and on the efforts to preserve ancient manuscripts.
  6. Aparna blogs, in three parts. about a talk given by Dr. Chitra Madhavan on the Art, History and Architecture of Kanchipuram.

f you find any posts related to Indian history published in the past one month, please send it to jk AT varnam DOT org or use this form. Please send me links which are similar to the ones posted, in terms of content.The next carnival will be up on June 15th.

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