India's history has been under relentless assault for centuries and the only way to see through the distortion is to re-examine the available evidence and write a new unbiased account.
82.5 Degrees East (82.5° E) is an audio webcast that brings together diverse voices from the Indic / Dharmic tradition to discuss, deliberate and propagate views that find their origin in the ancient civilizational ethos of Sanatan Dharma. We debate on a wide range of topics and make it conducive for an original Indic perspective to emerge.
Indian History has been the subject of heated debates ever since people began to question the longstanding assumptions of the history writers of the colonial era, who passed on their beliefs to the professional historians who came to dominate the academia. What we recognize as Marxist history was the most dominant school of history writing in independent India and in fact, continues to be so.
However, there has been a persistent effort by many scholars and 'outsiders' to the academia to study the original texts and rewrite an unbiased account of India's past, one that is neither bogged down by compulsions of the colonial era nor enamored by the Marxist understanding of society. This school of history writing places utmost importance on hard evidence in the form of archaeological findings or literary primary sources and prides itself in telling the story as it is, not as it 'should be'.
Sanjeev Sanyal is an environmentalist, urban theorist and is widely regarded as one of Asia's leading economists. A writer of popular history who achieves the rare feat of narrating history like a story and yet being true to the scholarly method on which the accounts are based, he has authored many books, most famous of which is 'Land of Seven Rivers: A Brief History of India's Geography'. His latest book, 'The Ocean of Churn: How human history was shaped by the Indian Ocean' has also been very well received.
We met Sanjeev at the India Ideas Conclave and he graciously accepted our invite to speak with us about India's history, how it has been distorted and what is the way forward.
Hosts: Ashish Dhar and Arjun Kadian
Guest: Sanjeev Sanyal