Arjun Kumar

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    Another approach, if you want to get an overview of various eras that form Indian History, is to get a set of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan books on Indian History, which begin with the Vedic Age and go on till the Freedom Struggle. But they are slightly dated, and don’t have a granular view on people or events. They could form a starting point.

    Arjun Kumar
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    This is going to be a long discussion. Perhaps it would be a good idea to focus on certain parts of India or certain dynasties, else it may go all over the place. We could begin with Delhi itself. Here I would recommend a book on ‘Ancient Delhi’ by Upinder Singh. The book traces the history of the region now called Delhi from the Stone Age to the time of the Rajputs, which was just before the Islamic invasions began.

    Arjun Kumar
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    I came across this description of the site by the archaeologist who led most of the excavations, Prof RS Bisht of the ASI. Here’s how he described the key aspects of the site (Source: The Frontline magazine, June 5th, 2010) –
    1. Dholavira’s long cultural sequence, documenting the rise and fall of the Indus civilisation over a period of 1,500 years
    2. Meticulous urban planning with mathematical precision
    3. Monumental architecture
    4. Huge stadium with terraced stands, which could have been used for manifold purposes such as organising sports, community gatherings or a market
    5. The uniqueness of its funerary features
    6. Discovery of a sandstone quarry from where sandstone was excavated, converted into huge architectural members and even exported to sites such as Harappa and Mohenjo-daro
    7. Amazing water management system with a series of reservoirs built around the built-up portions of the city but very much within the city’s fortification wall

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    On July 27th, 2021, Dholavira, a Harappan site – some historians also call this the Sindhu-Saraswati civilization – was given UNESCO World Heritage status. Only the 3rd such place in Gujarat and the 40th in India to be given this status. The site has been excavated 13 times between 1990 and 2005 and has revealed itself to have been continually occupied between 3000 BCE (Before Common Era) and 1500 BCE.

    Arjun Kumar
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    The Chambal region is known more for its dacoits. But it hides stunning heritage in its folds. See some snapshots on this virtual walk, with Hidden Heritage founder Arjun Kumar in conversation with author, educator and heritage activist Vikramjit Singh Rooprai, on the heritage and history of the Chambal region:


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