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India: Past & Present

Some splendid sites that take you back in time to the history of India & Hinduism, and resources that help you find the latest about present-day India
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  3. Indus Valley Civilzation

Vedic Women
The Hindu woman is no longer allowed to head a joint family, the Indian apex court pronounced recently. We have lessons to learn from the status of Indian women in the Vedic era, more than 3000 years ago.

Four Famous Female Figures of Vedic India
Women of the Vedic period (c 1500-1200 BCE), were epitomes of intellectual and spiritual attainments. The Vedas have volumes to say about these women, who both complemented and supplemented their male partners. Read about a few significant female figures of the Vedic period - Ghosha, Lopamudra, Sulabha Maitreyi, and Gargi.

In Praise of India
Here's what scholars, historians and authors have to say about India and Hinduism. Quoting top 30 quotations from Will Durant, Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, Max Mueller, Romain Rolland, et al.

Varanasi History - About the History of Varanasi (Banaras)
Varanasi, one of world's oldest living cities, is rightly called the religious capital of India. What was the original name of Varanasi and what's the history of this holy city? Find out...

Celebrating Indian Culture in New York
About IncredibleIndia@60 – a four day celebration in New York starting September 23, 2007, that showcases India’s art, culture and religious diversity to the people of United States.

Hindu Human Rights Report
This Hindu Human Rights Report by HAF documents significant human rights abuses against Hindu communities in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Hindu Calendar System
About the Indian calendar system, its history and correlation with the Gregorian calendar.

The Disappearance of the Ganges
If the glacier at Gaumukh does continue to recede, and if the Ganges would ever dry up, it would certainly mean the end of an era - a drastic effect on the spiritual culture as we have known it in India.

Hindu Human Rights Report
The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) report of the genocide, ethnic cleansing, terrorism, and discriminatory laws that Hindus have faced in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India's state of Jammu and Kashmir, Afghanistan and Fiji in 2005.

Alexander the Great Invades India
This story excerpted from 'Our Empire Story' by H. E. Marshall recounts Alexander's invasion of India in 326 BC, and his battle with Hindu king Porus. It is since then that the West have known something of India...

The Aryan Invasion Myth
About's Archaelogy Guide Kris Hirst explains why the Aryan Invasion Theory, which was once considered to be the basis of the origin of Hinduism, is a flawed one.

Gandhi on God & Religion: Top 10 Quotations
MK Gandhi (1869 - 1948), Indias Father of the Nation, who spearheaded the countrys Freedom Movement for Independence from British Rule is known for his famous words of wisdom on God, life and religion. Here are some of the most noteworthy ones

Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005
The Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005 removes the gender discriminatory provisions in the Hindu Succession Act, 1956 and gives a number of rights to daughters taking them on a par with sons.

BBC on the Aryan Invasion Theory
BBC presents the case against the Aryan invasion theory devised by F. Max Muller, which traces the history of Hinduism to the invasion of India's indigenous people by lighter skinned Aryans around 1500 BCE.

In Praise of India: Top 10 Famous Quotations
Here's what scholars, historians and authors have to say about India. Quoting top 10 quotations from Will Durant, Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, Max Mueller, Romain Rolland, et al.

Hindu Human Rights Report: Hindus in Bangladesh, Pakistan & Kashmir
This annual report on the status of Hindu human rights in Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir published by the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) compiles media coverage and first-hand accounts of human rights violations perpetrated against Hindus because of their religious identity.

Neo Hinduism & The Death of Traditional Hinduism
A tragic occurrence in the very long history of Hinduism was witnessed throughout the 19th century - the death of Traditional Hinduism, and the rise of Westernized Neo-Hinduism.

Hindu Population Growth Rate in India Declines
According to the latest Indian census data, Hindu growth rate has declined over the previous decade. Hindu population grew by 20% during 1991-2001, whereas the Muslim population grew by 29.3% during same time.

Ancient History
Netlinks on ancient history of India from our Guide N.S. Gill

The Aryan Invasion Theory
The Aryan invasion theory has been a basis and justification of Western interpretation upon the civilisation and history of India. But it has not met majority acceptance within India and is even coming under attack in the West.

Ayodhya Excavations: Temple Beneath Mosque
The much-awaited archaeological report that ascertains that a 10th century temple existed at the place where the 16th century Muslim ruler Babur built a mosque in the Indian holy town of Ayodhya, is finally out.

History of India
Timeline and events from prehistory to the future when "India will conquer her conquerors, preempting the place formerly held by technology...Religion worldwide will be restored to its earlier importance, and the center of world happenings will wander back from the shores of the Atlantic to the East where civilization originated".

Interesting site containg among other resources, a 90 slide tour of the Indus Valley, ancient scripts, antiques and a lot of info.

Hindu and Celtic Culture Are One
An article by Druuis Belenios Ategnatos on the issue of Celtic and Hindu commonality and history.

Historical Chronology of Bharat
Indus civilization, birth and rise of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam--all datelined.

Library of Hindu History
A study of Indian history from the Hindu perspective. Contains some useful info on Ancient, Medieval and Modern history of the Hindus.

A virtual walk through the ancient city in slide shows.

Sacred History & Cosmology
An article on the Vedic view of human history.

Amar Chitra Katha
What better way to learn history than through the comic books? Every Amar Chitra Katha is historically accurate, lucidly written and superbly illustrated. Whether you are five years old or fifty, after reading Amar Chitra Katha you will learn a great deal about India and its culture.

Kashmir: Paradise Lost
Is this Kashmir conflict political or religious in nature? A quick look at the history of Kashmir and the origin of the crisis.

15 Years of the Ganesha Milk Miracle
Looking back at one of the most important events related to idol-worship in the 20th century that occurred on September 21, 1995. The world...

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