It is a hurried comment. There is no fresh explanation in it. It is a short book. The writer has written it nicely. The author has given links to twoIt is a hurried comment. There is no fresh explanation in it. It is a short book. The writer has written it nicely. The author has given links to two online resources. ...more
Basham's book is recommended for students and aspirants who prepare for Civil Services in India. It is presumed that those who work on that line, theyBasham's book is recommended for students and aspirants who prepare for Civil Services in India. It is presumed that those who work on that line, they might have read this book.
Secondly, he was the guide for PhD of Romila Thapar another renowned historian of Ancient India.
The book definitely gives a fresh look to Ancient India. Generally, you find very few books nicely written on the period of Ancient India. Some of the other books contain too many references to the facts and figures written in Sanskrit that it is not useful for every one. Secondly, the chapter making is different from other books. The contents fulfil the need of the students about whom it is referred above. On the whole, it is one of the popular books till this day.
On the other hand, the author had failed to suspend his racial bias while writing about Ancient India. Some of the commentators and reviewers have already raised some issues. A historian is not expected to be judgemental which interpreting. Alas, Basham made many judgemental remarks. While discussing Yogasutra, he sarcastically commented on the existence of Sushma Nadi. Similarly, while talking about Soma, one can guess that what can be a remark of a Western scholar. Therefore, while calling it one of the best books on ancient India for the students, I have given only three stars. It is best because one can find reference to answers to numerous Multiple Choice questions which appears in the examination in a single book. One can prepare a good note on Ancient literature on Buddhism from the contents provided in this book. That is the importance and value of the book. One can gather many references to numerous terms related to the society and those terms are not fully understood at present. However, this book is not a good source on the political history of India. For that, one needs to take help of other books.
One should not wonder if some of the reviewers and especially the Indian reviewers criticise it. From Kapil, to Gautam, to Patanjali, to Panini, to Aryabhata, to Sankaracharya to later times the people like Satyendra Bose, J Bose, Meghanath Jha, C. V. Raman, or for that purpose, Narain, a twenty nine year old young man whom the Western World knew as Vivekananda, the disciple of Ramakrishna on whom even Max Muller wrote a biography, to the present day intellectually awake Indians who fully understand the Western Philosophy, Basham made some amusing judgemental remarks. If someone gives him one star, I will not be surprised. But, I will like to respect the intellectual mind of any race, as it the heritage and culture of Indians like Varamahir who was ready to respect Romanav chart to correct the Solar chart, Basham definitely deserve the respect. ...more
The Economic Determinism is the contribution of the Marxist Historians. There is a general complaint against the Indian Historians that they have notThe Economic Determinism is the contribution of the Marxist Historians. There is a general complaint against the Indian Historians that they have not done any original work. Well, nothing can be said about that observation, and an Indian born historian also makes that observation. However, in this book, one can learn that how the Indian historians debate their point.
The book is many a set of essays which the historian had delivered from time to time. The collection of essays are as per the theme as can be suggested by the title of the book.
The core of the book is that it is a counter by the Indian Historian of the Western historians about the economic impact of the colonial policies and administration on the economy of India. Western Historian or to be more specific, Morris D. Morris claimed that the Indian economy benefitted from the colonial rule and it became the backbone of the economy of India in the post-independence period. If the Indian economy had laggard behind then, it was the Indian society and Indian attitude which should be blamed. The Indian historians or Bipin Chandra School (as Aditya Mukherjee would like to call them) presented the analysis of the economic policies of the British Colonial rule which showed that the poverty of India was a result of wrong economic policies of Colonial administration. ...more
Marvellous. A Scholarly Work. A real scientific temper at its best.
It is a work based on original thought and original work and efforts. But let me waMarvellous. A Scholarly Work. A real scientific temper at its best.
It is a work based on original thought and original work and efforts. But let me warn you. It is not a work on Astrology. It is work on Nakshatras as a scholarly rendition of understanding pursuing a query and performing a scientific evaluation of Vedic and Puranic sources. However, those who are serious readers and seek some real understanding and also those who want to undertake study in astrology, they should definitely go through it. It is another thing, that he has given some of his own interpretations. But, that is as per the craft of scientific evaluation of the sources which he has referred. Those who swear by Vedic knowledge and Sanskrit language may just try to peep into it and learn how to be humble and then claim glory for the things for which they shout with pitched screams about their greatness. A great work. The Vedic knowledge demands scientific temperament. But, merely chanting on the premises that each mantra is Sidha, is a delusion. Upanishads are the result of scientific evaluation and not of chanting. The argument of the author that one should not give too much importance to the pad or house is definitely a premises which required to be considered. His thought process, where he asks the reader to suspend one/s earlier premises, shows the level of growth to which the author has already reached. Learning and Unlearning goals are a colloquial way of telling the brain activity. Nothing is unlearned. You have to push it back or develop the ability to suspend one's the so-called understanding of a subject. It is from there, one can begin to receive the new set of data or information. Therefore, if you want to follow his evaluation, then you have to learn to suspend that the House effect. The author has explained that how it is important to learn the influence of nakshatras. The book is also given me a complex. It has shown me that I have more to learn about Hindu mythology. The author has given me many subjects and questions on which I will now pursue my quest of new data. ...more