(The following pages reproduce chapter 6 of Prof. B.B. Lal’s new book,
preceded by the publisher’s blurb and the author’s biography.
For private circulation only. © Prof. B.B. Lal, 2009)
HOW DEEP ARE THE ROOTS OF
INDIAN CIVILIZATION ?
Since 1997 Professor Lal has published four books dealing with various
aspects of the archaeology of ancient India and the Vedic literature. But all
these were research-oriented. He thus felt that there was a need to address
the common reader. Hence the present book.
Professor Lal tells the reader, with ample photographic illustrations, that
almost every aspect of Indian culture is deeply rooted in the past, which is at
least 5,000 years old. He then gives an integrated picture of the civilization of
those days – variously called the Harappan, Indus or Indus-Sarasvat∂
Civilization. Thereafter he deals with the ethnicity of the authors of this
great civilization. With solid arguments, he refutes the theories that there
was an ‘Aryan Invasion’ of India, which destroyed the Harappan
Civilization or that there was an immigration of the (BMAC) people from
Central Asia. He demonstrates that in all likelihood the Harappans
themselves were the Vedic people and were indigenous. Further,
archaeological and literary evidences combine to suggest that some time in
the second millennium BCE a section of the Vedic people themselves
emigrated westwards to Iran and even up to Turkey, contributing their mite
to the local culture.
It is hoped that the reader will enjoy going through this book.
2009; pp. xxii+150; Size 19cm x 25cm; Col. Illus. 33; Figs & Maps 71
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