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1. The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity

The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity has been written by none other than Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen. The book comprises of sixteen interlinked essays that explain in detail the rich background on which India has built its foundations on. In four sections the book tries to delineate the importance of perceiving contemporary India easily.

This book also goes onto explain the source of conflicting opinions pursuits and interests and yet how these conflicting situations are able to co-exist without many problems. It also goes onto write about how these conflicts help in creating a variety of opinions, varying cultures and abundance of viewpoints. Through this book, the author attempts to defend its secular politics and also tries to abolish the inequalities of issues like caste, gender, community and also the search for peace in the sub-continent.

This book also tries to analyze the environment of Hindu traditions, traditions prevalent in India and huge economic and social differences. It also speaks on the topic of India’s stature in the world.

 Amartya Sen is an Indian Bengali economist and philosopher who won the Nobel Prize in Economics. He received the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in 1997 for his contributions to research on famine, human development theory, public welfare economics, and the underlying causes of poverty, and to liberal politics. Wikipedia

2. India: The Ancient Past: A History of the Indian Subcontinent from c. 7000 BCE to CE 1200

India: The Ancient Past provides a clear and systematic introduction to the cultural, political, economic, social and geographical history of ancient India from the time of the pre-Harappan culture nine thousand years ago up until the beginning of the second millennium of the Common Era. 

The book engages with methodological and controversial issues by examining key themes such as the Indus-Sarasvati civilization, the Aryan controversy, the development of Vedic and heterodox religions, and the political economy and social life of ancient Indian kingdoms.

Burjor Avari was a teacher of South Asian history and educationist of multicultural education at the Manchester Metropolitan University. He received the honour of MBE in recognition of his work in multicultural education. Wikipedia

3. Ancient India: A Captivating Guide to Ancient Indian History

From the first agricultural settlement more than seven thousand years ago to the Indian campaign of Alexander the Great and the vast Maurya Empire, ancient India tells a story weaved with captivating legends and cultural legacy.

Find out how the Indus Valley civilization became one of the oldest societies in the history of humankind and how small agricultural settlements transformed into the urban centers of Harappa and Mohenjo-daro. Dive into the origin story of Buddhism, and follow the path of a privileged young prince who became one of the most famous religious figures.

4. Ancient and Medieval India

From the first agricultural settlement more than seven thousand years ago to the Indian campaign of Alexander the Great and the vast Maurya Empire, ancient India tells a story weaved with captivating legends and cultural legacy.

The contents of the book are very relevant as they are developed after thorough analysis of the current syllabus and questions asked in previous years. Moreover, the book also consists of numerous practice questions, chapter wise, making it more user-friendly. The text will come in bi-colour and there are detachable charts included that students may tear out and use as a mnemonic by placing them in front or pasting them on a wall.

Poonam Dalal Dahiya grew up in Delhi, and she is from a village called Jhajjar district, Haryana. Further, she started her career at a government school in Delhi as a primary teacher. Besides, she has also given many competitive exams like SBI PO, other banks’ PO, SSC Graduate Level,

5. India History

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Krishna Reddy was an Indian master printmaker, sculptor, and teacher. He was considered a master intaglio printer and known for viscosity printing. Wikipedia

6. History of Medieval India

As a nation grows, it is bound to review its past to see what part of its legacy is relevant, or an inhibiting factor, for growth. The medieval period of Indian history has often been equated to the period of Turkish and Mughal rule over the country. This meant that primacy was given to political factors rather than societal ones. This attitude was also based on the assumption that there has been little change in Indian society down the centuries

This attitude has now begun to change. Historians have traced the evolution of tribe-based society in India to the rise of territorial states, and the gradual formation of classes and castes within this state system. It has also been shown that with the growing trend towards ownership of land, and the desire to dominate and control those engaged in cultivation, a new form of society arose that is, the feudal mode. It has, however, been recognized that there were vital differences between this social order and the feudal order in Europe.

Satish Chandra was an Indian historian whose main area of specialisation was medieval Indian history.
Satish Chandra was an Indian historian whose main feature was medieval Indian history. Wikipedia

7. History of Modern India

History of Modern India presents an authoritative overview of the history of what was known as British India. The text is largely based on the author s research on nationalism and colonialism in India and also draws from the works of eminent historians of the period. Challenging and revising colonial and nationalist interpretations of history,

this book moves away from a largely political narrative to a social, economic and religious history of modern India. It explains how conditions in India during the eighteenth century helped the British East India Company establish its rule in India. It also gives us important insights into the primary aim of colonial rule which was the economic exploitation of India through trade and investment. The topics are arranged thematically in order to showcase the various forces that went into the making of independent India. However, in the entire arrangement of themes, the chronology of the period is enmeshed innovatively with the various forces that evolved both as a cause and effect of British imperialist rule of the subcontinent. The book also provides a detailed account of the nationalist movement and introduces us to the contributions of different individuals who were behind the nationalist movement. A comprehensive textbook for students of history and interested readers, History of Modern India is essential reading for a broad based understanding of the making of modern India.

Bipan Chandra was an Indian historian, specialising in economic and political history of modern India. An emeritus professor of modern history at Jawaharlal Nehru University, he specialized on the Indian independence movement and is considered a leading scholar on Mahatma Gandhi. Wikipedia

8. History of Modern India

R.S. Sharma, one of the best-known historians of early India, provides a comprehensive yet accessible text on the ancient period of Indian history. Beginning with topics such as historiography and the importance of Ancient Indian history, he goes on to cover the geographical, econological and linguistic settings, before looking at specific cultures of neolithic, chalcolithic types,

The Harappan civilization, the Vedic period, the rise of Jainism and Buddhism, Magadha and the beginning of territorial states, the age of the Mauryas, Satavahanas, Guptas, and Harshavardhana. While taking the reader on this journey through time, he highlights important phenomena such as the beginning of urbanization and monarchy in India, invasions, the Varna system, commerce and trade, developments in philosophy and cultural efflorescence. He ends this insightful volume with a comments on the transition from the Ancient to the Medieval.

Ram Sharan Sharma was an Indian historian and Indologist who specialized in the history of Ancient and early Medieval India following Marxist historiography. He taught at Patna University and Delhi University and was visiting faculty at University of Toronto. Wikipedia

9. Indo-Aryan Controversy: Evidence and Inference in Indian History

For the first time in a single volume, this book presents the various arguments in the Indo-Aryan controversy. It also provides a template for the basic issues addressing four major areas: archaeological research, linguistic issues, the interpretation of Vedic texts in their historical contexts, and ideological roots.

The volume ends with a plea for a return to civility in the debates which have become increasingly, and unproductively, politicized, and suggests a program of research and inquiry upon which scholars from all sides of the debate might embark.

Edwin Francis Bryant is an American Indologist. Currently, he is professor of religions of India at Rutgers University. He published seven books and authored a number of articles on Vedic history, yoga, and the Krishna tradition. Wikipedia

10. Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From

Who are we Indians ? Where did we come from ? Many of us believe our ancestors have lived in South Asia since ‘time immemorial’. But, as it turns out, ‘time immemorial’ may not have been all that long ago. To tell us the story of our ancestry, journalist Tony Joseph goes 65,000 years into the past—when a band of modern humans, or Homo sapiens, first made their way from Africa into the Indian subcontinent.

Citing recent DNA evidence, he traces the subsequent large migrations of modern humans into India—of agriculturalists from Iran between 7000 and 3000 BCE and pastoralists from the Central Asian Steppe between 2000 and 1000 BCE, among others.

Tony Joseph is an Indian journalist and former editor of Businessworld magazine. He is also the author of the best-selling book Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From. Until 2018, he was also the chairman and co-founder of Mindworks Global Media Services. He is based in New Delhi. Wikipedia

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