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Early India: From the Origins to AD 1300

By Romila Thapar Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2002 556 Pages Plus Preface Illustrations, Figures, Maps, Chronology, Glossary, Bibliographies, and Index ISBN 0-520-23899-CLOTH Reviewed By Ainslee T. Embree The importance of Romila Thapar’s achievement in Early India: From the Origins to 1300 AD, in relation to the work of her predecessors, lies in her access to new archaeological and literary sources, which she herself did not have when she wrote a shorter ver...

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Top Ten Things to Know about India in the Twenty-First Century

1 THERE IS NOT ONE, BUT FOUR INDIAS “The first and most essential thing to learn about India,” declared a famous British administrator in 1888, is “that there is not, and never was an India, or even any country of India, possessing, according to European ideas, any sort of unity, physical, political, social or religious.” The statement sounds startlingly silly until one notices the defining clause, “according to European ideas.” Then one can change it to read, “One of the most e...