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  1. says:

    Romila Thapar is a historian within her own rights For her the early texts are myths generated by 'certain people' without any base She contradicts her own thesis many times in the course of the narrative of this completely distorted history book Many reviewers have already pointed out her shortcomings as a historian A historical study is not a juxtaposition of islands or fragments of historical facets which are lined up political environmental technological economic social religious and other histories A historical analysis reuires recognizing the fragments but relating them to a whole that determines what causes events and formulating an explanationShe writes And then she does this later The Ramayana is clearly an endorsement of monarchy and the heroes are of the Solar line Within each epic societies that do not conform to monarchy are also visible The epics therefore give us a glimpse of that which had receded or was different from conventional kingship They are each concerned with events that are difficult to date since many passages were added at times later than the original composition The versions we have today are generally placed in a chronological bracket between the mid first millennium BC to the mid first millennium AD Therefore they can hardly be regarded as authentic sources for the study of a narrowly defined period Hence historians have abandoned the concept of an 'epic age' Incidents from the epics in the nature of bardic fragments can have some historical authenticity provided supporting evidence can be found to bear them out Attempts are therefore being made to correlate archaeological data with events described in the epics An example of this is the flood at Hastinapur evident from archaeology and mentioned in the epic which has been used to date the war to c 900 BC But such correlations remain tenuous since chronologies and locations pose insurmountable problems Poetic fantasy in epic poetry undoubtedly attractive in itself is not an ally of historical authenticitySomething that the 'historians' cannot digest because of its 'perfection' per say they will call it fancy and will pass over it But something that they 'think' to be history even after it was not having any recorded evidence and has pure fallacy should be passed off as history because it is what 'historians' think The writers like Thapar have done a disservice to the cause of history especially Indian history and it is high time that we get our authentic records gathered once again and rewrite our history with values that these eminent historians have 'missed' deliberately It is because of many of bogus accounts of 'history' that Ram Setu even after being found becomes Adam's bridge


  2. says:

    Very unprofessional book of history I must say This does not tell what is the truth but tells what is truth according to a person's beliefs The author forgets that this is a book of history and not of philosophy where she can act upon her whims and inclinations


  3. says:

    Invalid history of India this is the author has not given 'proofs' or her 'assumptions' and had challenged the facts that were established


  4. says:

    An overrated book that was academically imposed upon the readers of young age for so long


  5. says:

    To describe Romila Thapar I would like to employ with slight variation an unknown uote by a famous journalist for Indira Gandhi She is the only MAN among the Indian intellectuals Early India is one of the best books I have read this year Romila Thapar is among handful of Indian intellectuals who have the courage to stand up against the cultural distortion of our history She is not famous among Hindutava circle because her work stands between their ambition to distort the past and depress the present with religious flavor In future when there will be a debate with misogynistic men about the self evident fact that female writers can not only produce first rate fictional and emotional writings but also illuminate serious historical writings by their multidisciplinary approach Great and brave work produced by Hannah Arendt Rosa Luxemburg Arundhati Roy and Romila Thapar will effortlessly champion the cause


  6. says:

    I enjoy reading history and am just becoming interested in the history of India and central Asia I figured a Penguin book on the topic would be just what I needed That was not the case I was looking for a book which told me stories about Indian history instead I got a soulless Marxist manifesto This year I've read two great history books The Fall of the Roman Empire by Peter Heather and Consuming Passions by Judith Flanders Both were great books which entertained me and left me with a sense of having learnt something Not so with Romila Thapar's book I feel like I've learned a lot about Romila Thapar but very little about history I may have some feeling of the great ideological battle raging to define India but I didn't want to read a book about politics Sadly I feel that Thapar cannot write otherwiseLet me fill you in on some of the conflicts I sense Everybody knows that India has Hindu and Muslim inhabitants If you've seen Gandhi you'll know there were terrible massacres perpetrated after partition in 1948 The historical uestion is have Hindu and Muslim always been enemies or have they lived together peacefully? Your answer to that uestion will influence your position on the war in Kashmir Pakistan's role within the world and hence your opinion on what to do about AfghanistanEverybody knows India has a caste system The highest caste is the brahmins the priests; then kshatriya the warriors; then vaishya and shudra Brahmins have traditionally been well educated these days it is family tradition so brahmins are often professionals from wealthy families In modern India there are uotas for non brahmins at universities because the brahmins tend to oversupply students This means that there is effectively anti brahmin discrimination resulting in a brahmin diaspora as budding professionals travel overseas for education Whether this is a good or bad thing depends on your historical perspective did brahmins achieve their advantageous position by generations of hard work or did they achieve it by preferential treatment by the kings who were mostly kshatriya?Thapar takes the opportunity to mention that brahmans as she spells it counter to convention were the recipients of land grants from the rulers Brahmins then became administrators of the land employing the lower castes to do the labour She then casts brahmins as a ruling elite Strangely she doesn't use this description of the kshatriyas Sadly her evidence for this judgement is so vague that I can't say whether she has a point or notSpeaking of vague this book is infuriatingly so For example discussing the status of women when social groups moved from clans family groups to jatis subcastes she saysKinship patterns and gender relations would have differed between the major groups of castes and between regional practices It is likely that in the initial stages of conversion jati status some customary practices from the previous status were retainedWhat I want to know is is she telling me something or is she guessing? Is there any evidence at all for this statement? And if there is what the hell does it mean anyway? If you ask me where to catch the bus do I say it is likely that the bus will continue to arrive in the traditional location and it would possibly do so at approximately the same time as it has previously The book is full of this sort of meaningless vague waffleAdmittedly as the subject is Indian history from prehistoric times until 1300AD it's likely that the concrete knowledge available if detailed However that's no excuse for publishing 489 pages of guesses Unless you're interested in the political issues in Indian historiography this is one to stay well away from


  7. says:

    I am very happy that I did not have to go through this poorly written history book during my childhood Horrific narration of Indian history


  8. says:

    Instead of full account this book is rather a 'failed account' of Indian history which betrays the basic tenets of historical writing Romila Thapar has misled her readers


  9. says:

    I cannot think of a better genre than propaganda for this book of 'history' which morphs falsifies and distorts the history that was to make it history as it had to be for her author's deceptions have been caught and challenged on many occasions but she does not bother


  10. says:

    I don't call this forgery of facts a book of history It has been written with a certain purpose to ride one's own path in spite of the available resources that do not corroborate with her conclusions I don't recommend this book at all


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This title represents a complete rewriting by Romila Thapar of her classic work A History of India the first volume in the Penguin History of India series thirty five years after it was first published Thapar has incorporated the vast changes in scholarly understanding and interpretation of Indian history that have occurred during her lifetime to revise the book for a new generat Very unprofessional book of history I must say This does no Seasons in the Sun published Thapar has incorporated the vast changes in scholarly understanding and interpretation of Indian history that have occurred during her lifetime to revise the book for a new generat Very unprofessional book of history I must say This does no

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He Ramayana; and the creation of regional cultures Thapar introduces figures from the remarkable visionary ruler Ashoka to other less exemplary figures In exploring subjects as diverse as marriage class art erotica and astronomy Thapar provides an incomparably vivid and nuanced picture of India Above all she shows the rich mosaic of diverse kingdoms landscapes languages and belie I cannot think of a better genre than propaganda for this b Seasons in the Sun provides an incomparably vivid and nuanced Dark Fever picture of India Above all she shows the rich mosaic of diverse kingdoms landscapes languages and belie I cannot think of a better genre than Believing In Faeries propaganda for this b

Download ì E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Romila Thapar

Ion of readers This new work brings to life thousands of years of history tracing India's evolution before contact with modern Europe was established its prehistoric beginnings; the great cities of the Indus civilization; the emergence of mighty dynasties such as the Mauryas Guptas and Cholas; the teachings of the Buddha; the creation of heroic epics such as the Mahabharata and t An overrated book that was academically imposed upon the re