3 thoughts on “Priyadarshi live


    Before the British takeover of India, not much of Indian History was known or available. What was available was literature of religious or fictional nature with historical characters mixed within imaginary stories. This was because of the wholesale destruction of Indian texts and the Indian universities and the libraries by invading troops of foreigners during the early medieval period of Indian history. It may be safely said that nothing of secular literature survived in India except texts of medicine, which the medical practitioners had kept at their homes, astronomical texts which were preserved in the homes of the private practitioners of astrology, and much of pure literature which was popular widely and their manuscripts survived in the homes of gentry in villages and towns. Hence only that literature could survive which was in personal and private possession of an individual. None of that literature which was basically texts of academic importance kept in libraries, could survive the onslaught of the invaders. And this statement is true of Greece after Christian occupation also.
    Construction of Indian history was a huge task started by the British in India, which is yet to be completed. Deciphering of the inscriptions of Ashoka, discovery and translation of valuable manuscripts like the Bakshali Manuscript and the Bower Manuscript etc can be legitimately credited to the British. The British also translated and brought to India a huge volume of systematically written historical literature, especially from Sri Lanka, which was originally Indian but had survived only out of India. This helped in constructing the history of India up to the sixth century B.C. This is precisely the reason why systematic history of ancient India stops at Buddha in the sixth century B.C. if we travel back in time from today. The countries from which Indian history has been reclaimed are all Buddhist, and they were probably not interested in keeping Indian historical texts of pre-Buddha period.
    During the 19th and the early 20th centuries, many of British and European scholars did a lot of research on the topic of ancient Indian sciences. During the same period, Indian scholars were encouraged and patronized to research the history of science in ancient India. Although quite a large number of the British suffered from a feeling of racial supremacy, there were also British scholars who considered it worthwhile to construct the history of science in India. Their earlier training, although, often prevented them from giving India her due credit for discoveries in science and mathematics. Researches in history of ancient Indian science were kept alive in the independent India until fifties and sixties by historians like R. C. Majumdar who had been trained during the colonial era of writing of Indian history.
    As that generation of historians passed away, the academic space in history came to be occupied by a new species of historians who called themselves communist and secular historians. Researches in the history of Indian science were stopped by them. Although most of basic and intermediate mathematics is Vedic (in the sense that it arises from Vedanga, loosely considered a part of Veda), talking of Vedic mathematics was labeled communal. This point onwards, any serious research or writing on the topic of history of mathematics or science in ancient India has been done largely by the Western and Japanese scholars. Some stray poor quality cheap work has been done by people claiming to be Hindutva writers, but the poor quality of work and unscientific approach only erodes credibility of ancient Indian science.
    In this context I have so far written two books which are widely available on the net.
    The first book is "India\’s Contributions to the West". This you can purchase from the following links:
    The second book is "Zero is Not the Only Story". This you can buy from the following site:

  2. U have done a fantastic job.Keep up the good work. But I made an observation that u r using interpretations of Vedic mantras base on what indologist wrote, as such it needs to be scrutinized thoroughly for distortions made by them on purpose. It will be better for you to use Vedic text from Arya Samaj, ISKCON and other more reliable sources.


    • Thanks for your kind words. I usually check the meanings myself, with the help of original text. Otherwise, I compare two three translations at least. However the reason why I have linked to the ones here is that they are better linkable. Moreover, when it comes to condition of shudras etc, people may think that an Indian translator is being dishonest, and hiding the biases against the sudras. In case of Griffith etc, such allegations cannot be levelled.

  3. Where were you all these days My brother… I have been searching for a real Vedic scholar like you who is also uncompromising on the issues of social justice.. Yes… We need a Dalit perspective of Vedic literature; We need Vedic Humanism for real Dalit liberation… May your thoughts flourish …

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