About this Course

The imperialist version of Indian history, according to which the “meek Hindu” had always been preoccupied with pure speculations and seldom stood up in defence of his country and culture, has been predominant. The same narrative has not only continued after independence but has become more entrenched in our history textbooks. From the invention of decimal numbers to the practice of Yoga, various knowledge systems have sprung from India. Yet, history books present a sordid story of how India was shaped and reshaped after many waves of foreign invasions. In a fresh departure from this trend, we offer a course on India’s true history, free from the Colonial and Marxist biases that characterize most academic narratives. In this course, we will teach history from an Indic perspective; we will see how we consider history in our tradition so that we can witness the living ceremony and sense of historical consciousness deeply rooted in our people. This course on Indian history will highlight cultural continuities that have endured the test of time. This course will not only narrate the stories of elemental kingdoms and their role in shaping our past but also focus on socio-economic changes and India’s historical position in the world.


Course Information

Duration: 3 months
Lecture: 90 minutes
Frequency: Twice a Week
Level: Introductory
Medium: Bilingual (English/Hindi)
Delivery: Online through CIS Course Platform
Timings: Will be finally decided by the instructors after discussion with enrolled students
Enrollment Last Date: 28th May 2022
Course Start Date : 03rd June 2022
Limited scholarships are available. Interested candidates can apply here: https://forms.gle/27tJHCGEZLB9JTd36
Contact Details: cis@indusuni.ac.in


What You Will Learn

• Important dates, kings and empires, as also the life and culture of the Indian people.
• About the unsung warriors of Indian history who fought valiantly in defence of their motherland.
• India’s rich cultural heritage in philosophy, art, architecture, literature, martial arts, science, environmental awareness and so on.
• The four limbs of Indian culture Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha and their incorporation into day-to-day life.
• The Indian concept of Rashtra, administrative system, village economy, and foreign policies.
• The histories of various Hindu empires such as The Vijayanagara Empire and The Maratha Empire that flourished in the medieval period.
• India’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage, which has remained intact despite various foreign invasions.
• India’s unique economic position and cultural diversity.


What You’ll Get
• Live and interactive lectures with Instructor(s) twice a week.
• Special guest interactions (Prof. Meenakshi Jain, Prof. Saumya Dey, Prof. V.N. Prabhakar, Tanmay Kelkar and Sai Priya) with external experts to get comprehensive perspective.
• Reference materials like articles, online discussions and links to books and videos.
• Quizzes which will make you learn faster and more thoroughly.
• Indus University Certificate to certify that you have gone through and passed this course.
• An opportunity to work on various Indian Knowledge System (sponsored by Ministry of Education) projects to meritorious students.

Course Curriculum

1. History Matters: The Key Question?
1.1 Exploring the Key Questions: Why, What, When and How? 00:00:00
1.2 Culture and Civilization: What is the difference? 00:00:00
1.3 Indic Vs. Western Approach: Where we are missing the train? 00:00:00
1.4 Anthropology, Archaeology and Genetics: Facts Vs. Interpretations 00:00:00
1.5 Beginning of Historical Journey: From Traditional Texts to Field Work 00:00:00
2. Exploring the history of Mankind: Geology, Prehistory and Primatology
2.1 General Timeline of Research in Prehistory 00:00:00
2.2 Rethinking Human Evolution: Does Man Really Makes Himself? 00:00:00
2.3 Earth System 00:00:00
2.4 Life on Earth: Before the Dawn of Humanity 00:00:00
2.5 Climatic System and Adaptation Mechanism 00:00:00
2.6 Cultural Components of Being Human 00:00:00
3. Neolithic Period: Climate and Emergence of Early Food Producing Society
3.1 Domestication: Who has Domesticated Whom? 00:00:00
3.2 Finding the Key: Human, Plant and Animal or Vice Versa 00:00:00
3.3 Settled Way of Life: Blessing or Curse 00:00:00
3.4 Emergence of Villages and Role of rituals to connect on another 00:00:00
3.5 Expending the horizons: Core and Periphery 00:00:00
3.6 Challenges 00:00:00
3.7 What was happening in Indian Subcontinent: Regional Cultures 00:00:00
4. Fortified Life: Further Complexity
4.1 Urbanism and Civilization: Defining the key concepts 00:00:00
4.3 Control and Conflict: Emergence of Administration 00:00:00
4.4 Taxation System 00:00:00
4.5 Risk and Resource Management 00:00:00
4.6 Role of Ideology in Assimilation 00:00:00
5. Harappan Civilization: Variability is Key
5.1 Timeline of Discovery 00:00:00
5.2 Geographical Setting: Diversity Matters 00:00:00
5.3 Degree of Integration: Monsoon Variability and Cultural Resilience 00:00:00
5.5 Crafts 00:00:00
5.6 Social Security and Trade Mechanism 00:00:00
5.7 Harappan Script 00:00:00
5.8 Disintegration of Harappan 00:00:00
6. Old Wine in New Bottle: Aryan Invasion Theory
6.1 What is Invasion? 00:00:00
6.2 Are there any archaeological traces of Invasion? 00:00:00
6.3 Debate on Indo-European and Indo-Aryan Languages: Linguistic Approach 00:00:00
6.4 Out of India Theory 00:00:00
6.5 Horse and Chariot Debate 00:00:00
6.6 Ancient DNA and its limitations 00:00:00
6.7 Recent approaches for old debate 00:00:00
7. Literature and Archaeology: Early Historical Period
7.1 Early Historical Archaeology and Early Historical Literature 00:00:00
7.2 Rishi Parampara Vs. Muni Parampara 00:00:00
7.3 Janpadas, Mahajanpadas, Kingdom and Republics 00:00:00
7.4 Punch-marked Coins 00:00:00
7.5 Connecting the zones: Uttarapath and Daksinapath 00:00:00
7.6 Emergence of Script: Brahmi, Kharosthi and Tamil- Brahmi. 00:00:00
7.7 Trade 00:00:00
7.8 Architecture and Technology 00:00:00
8. Geo-Political History of Northern and Southern Part of India
8.1 Why politics matters: Key points 00:00:00
8.2 Ashoka and his Inscription 00:00:00
8.3 Chola, Chera and Pandyas 00:00:00
8.4 Kushanas 00:00:00
8.5 Guptas and Vakatakas 00:00:00
8.6 Contacts with West Asia and South-East Asia: Alternative Route via North-East 00:00:00
8.7 Maritime Trade and Connecting through Ocean 00:00:00
9. Intangible Heritage of Ancient India
9.1 Literature: Kavya and Natyashastra 00:00:00
9.2 School of Arts and Architecture 00:00:00
9.3 Temples, Gurukulas and Land Grants: Interwoven History 00:00:00
9.4 Water Management and Rituals 00:00:00
9.5 Mathematics, Astronomy and Dharmashastra 00:00:00
10. An Introduction to Medieval India
10.1. Background of medieval historical records 00:00:00
10.2. Dharma Vs. Religion: The difference 00:00:00
10.3. Hindu Vs. Islamic Kingdoms: A comparison 00:00:00
10.4. Decline of Classical Civilization 00:00:00
11. Islamic Invasions and Hindu Resistance
11.1. Overview of Early Islamic Invasions and Attacks 00:00:00
11.2. Timeline of Early Hindu Responses from Bappa Rawal to Jayachandra 00:00:00
11.3. Key Battles of Tarain; Chandawar etc. 00:00:00
11.4. The Sultans of Delhi and Mughals 00:00:00
11.5. Hindu Responses to Mughals: Rana Pratap; Lachit Borphukan; Shivaji etc. 00:00:00
12. The Kingdom of Vijayanagar
12.1. Emergence as a bulwark against Islamic Invasions 00:00:00
12.2. Artistic and Cultural Achievements 00:00:00
12.3. European Visitors 00:00:00
12.4. Governance 00:00:00
13. Maratha Empire: What, How, When, Why?
13.1. Historical and cultural backdrop of Maharashtra 00:00:00
13.2. Precursors of the vision of “Hindavi Swarajya” 00:00:00
13.3. A brief biography of King Chh. Shivaji 00:00:00
13.4. Maratha empire after King Shivaji 00:00:00
13.5. Rise and decline 00:00:00
13.6. Marathas and the Europeans 00:00:00
14. Maratha Empire: Echoes across the Indian life
14.1. Social life in Maharashtra 00:00:00
14.2. Marathas and Bengal 00:00:00
14.3. Marathas and Gujarat 00:00:00
14.4. Marathas and the South 00:00:00
14.5. Marathas and Malwa 00:00:00
14.6. Marathas beyond the modern-day borders 00:00:00
15. Islamic Iconoclasm and Hindu Perseverance
15.1. Timeline of Destruction of Hindu Temples 00:00:00
15.2. Flight of Deities 00:00:00
15.3. Persecution of Priests and Monks 00:00:00
15.4. Destruction of Libraries and Universities 00:00:00
16. Cultural Encounters in Medieval Bengal
16.1. What is Culture? 00:00:00
16.2. Religious Identity in Bengal 00:00:00
16.3. Relations between Hindus and Muslims 00:00:00
17. Establishment of British Rule in India and Early Reactions and Resistance
17.1. Fundamental factors and causes that led to the establishment of British Rule in India 00:00:00
17.2. Expansion of the British dominance 00:00:00
17.3. Early reactions against British Rule 00:00:00
17.4. Growing discontent and earliest attempts to drive out the British 00:00:00
18. The Revolt of 1857 – Outbreak, Impact & Aftermath
18.1. Causes behind the outbreak of the Revolt of 1857 00:00:00
18.2. Spread of the revolt 00:00:00
18.3. Subsequent causes for the failure of the movement 00:00:00
18.4. Measures taken by the British to quell the uprising 00:00:00
18.5. Anti-British Outbreaks that take place after 1858 00:00:00
19. Birth of Indian Nationalism
19.1. Factors contributing to the growth of Nationalism in India 00:00:00
19.2. Reform Movements 00:00:00
19.3. Development of Political Ideas and Organizations 00:00:00
19.4. Genesis of Indian National Congress 00:00:00
20. Era of Nationalism
20.1. Partition of Bengal 00:00:00
20.2. Beginning of the Swadeshi Movement 00:00:00
20.3. Split in the Congress and Repercussions of the Surat Congress 00:00:00
20.4. Home Rule League Movement 00:00:00
21. Rise of Revolutionary Activities
21.1. Rise of Revolutionary Nationalism 00:00:00
21.2. Early Revolutionary Activities in Bengal and outside Bengal 00:00:00
21.3. Indian Revolutionary activities abroad in the light of World War 1 00:00:00
21.4. Plan, Program and Agenda of the Revolutionaries in India and outside India 00:00:00
22. Indian Political Situation – Non Cooperation Movement & Civil Disobedience Movement
22.1. British attitude towards different strands of movement 00:00:00
22.2. Background of the Rowlatt Acts and Nationwide Repression 00:00:00
22.3. Factors which led to the rise of Gandhi as a National Leader 00:00:00
22.4. Non-Cooperation Movement 00:00:00
22.5. Political events between 1921-1928 00:00:00
22.6. Events that led to the Civil Disobedience Movement and its Aftermath 00:00:00
23. The Revival of Revolutionary Movement
23.1. Revival of revolutionary movement across India 00:00:00
23.2. Revolutionary activities in Bengal 00:00:00
23.3. Revolutionary activities happening outside of Bengal – the HSRA, Lahore Conspiracy Case and other activities 00:00:00
23.4. Repercussion of these activities on the National Movement. 00:00:00
24. Indian Politics (1934-1939) and World War 2
24.1. Face of Indian Politics during the period between 1934-1939 00:00:00
24.2. Framing of the Constitution, Revival of Swarajya Party 00:00:00
24.3. The Congress Program and the Formation of Forward Bloc 00:00:00
24.4. Events leading to the World War 2, the Indian position and the opportunities that the war opened up for Indian liberation 00:00:00
24.5. Quit India Movement of 1942 and the British Attitude after 1942 00:00:00
25. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army
25.1. Campaign of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in different theaters of the World during World War 2 00:00:00
25.2. Links that existed between Netaji’s campaign and the early revolutionary movements 00:00:00
25.3. The INA and its Campaigns 00:00:00
25.4. Red Fort Trials 00:00:00
25.5. Revolt of 1946 and the impact of these revolts on the British Decision to quit India 00:00:00
26. Attainment of Freedom
26.1. Changing attitude of the British towards the question of Indian Freedom 00:00:00
26.2. Cabinet Mission 00:00:00
26.3. Negotiations for an Interim Government 00:00:00
26.4. The Constituent Assembly 00:00:00
26.5. Circumstances leading to Partition 00:00:00
26.6. Transfer of Power and the Indian Independence Act of 1947 00:00:00
26.7. Subsequent attainment of Dominion status on 15 August 1947 00:00:00
26.8. Official documentation of the History of Freedom Movement in India 00:00:00
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