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Paw Prints in Antiquity

Mega Mammals in Ancient India: Rhinos, Tigers, and Elephants by Shibani Bose, Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2020; pp 360, ₹ 1,495.

The Politics of Coinage in the Early

Several gaps exist in the study of the colonial economic history of India’s North East. A comprehensive analysis of the archival material reveals the politics of coinage in the early colonial Brahmaputra Valley, and how it worked to strengthen the rule of the East India Company.

Continuities between Ancient and Contemporary India

The Idea of Ancient India: Essays on Religion, Politics and Archaeology by Upinder Singh, New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2016; pp 439 (hardback), ₹ 1,250.

Mendacity in Our Midst

Cultural observers like Ramanujan and Max Muller have implied that untruthfulness amongst Indians is prevalent because of its approval by ancient behaviour codes. Ramanujan also attributed a lack of universality in Indian thought to the same codes. While the ancient codes contain many assertions which would be considered problematic today, lack of universality is not one of them as far as preference for truthfulness is concerned. The only occasion wherein any of the ancient codes prefer lies to truth is when someone's life is at stake. The quantitative prevalence of untruthfulness in different groups can only be empirically estimated by carefully designed questionnaires or experimentally. To minimise getting answers that the respondents will assume are expected of them, the first investigations should deal with instances of petty untruthfulness, where the consequences are trivial.

India's Encounter with the Silk Road

Exploring the evolution of the Silk Road and its connection with India, brings out the dynamics of cross-cultural relation between India and the rest of the Silk Road countries in a historical perspective. What is the present symbolism of the Silk Road for India vis-a-vis other countries?
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