reply to post by vedatruth
Almost all of the written history is lost.
No doubt a lot of it was. But even the destruction of Taxila and Nalanda cannot account for the strange paucity of written records. Surely
would have survived, as the teachings of Confucius, for example, survived episodes of barbarism in China? Where are the stone
inscriptions, for example? Where are the records of the southern Deccan, where the Mughals never set foot?
The only surviving chronicle of ancient events on the subcontinent is the Mahavamsa
, the Great Chronicle of the Sinhalese people of Sri Lanka,
which covers a period between the third century BC (the Maurya period, in fact) and the fifth century AD, when it was written. It often mentions
India, but only in passing; its focus is principally on the island of Lanka.
Certainly India – in parts, at least – must have been civilized in Vedic times. But we have no record of its history, only legends that cannot be
unambiguously located in time or space.
Muslims always made sure to destroy books even in private collections.
This is easily read as hate speech of the kind often spouted by Hindu chauvinists. It is massively false: Western civilization is largely founded on
the cultural legacy of ancient Greece and Rome, much of which is only known through works diligently preserved by Muslim scholars during the Middle
Ages. If that were not enough, the wealth of antiquities in Iraq, Iran and the rest of the Middle East amply proves it wrong; while in modern
Indonesia, Muslim scholars are hard at work uncovering and illuminating the pre-Islamic history of that nation. I have actually worked with some of
these scholars, and can vouch for their bona fides
The Muslims who invaded India weren’t merely Muslims; they were Mongols. That’s what ‘Mughal’ means: Mongol. And yes, Mongols were known for
destroying pretty much everything they touched. But that’s no reason to tar all Islam with the same brush.
The British found many old books which are either in their possession or have been destroyed. It is the disgrace of defeat that the history is
Again, this is a common lie repeated by Hindu chauvinists. In fact, it is owing to the British that anything at all is known of the history of India.
It was British scholars, and other European scholars operating under British auspices, who translated the writings of ancient India into modern
languages and reconstructed its history.
I am not accusing you of chauvinism, you understand, but these are incendiary claims – in a literal sense. An accusation of book-burning might stick
against the Spanish or Portuguese, but not, I think, against the British.
Asoka was not the first emperor.
Yes; he was preceded by others, among them Alexander the Great. I am tolerably familiar with what is known of the history of ancient India.
We shall examine many lines of evidence of the original vedic civilization that existed as we go along in this thread. Thanks for posting your
Thank you for reading them. I look forward to a lively and interesting thread.
edit on 21/9/11 by Astyanax because: of kindergarten reasons.