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A History of Hinduism


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Chronology of Personalities, Events, and Institutions Preface Introduction The Roots Rigvedic Religion Mimamsa Uttara-Mimamsa Buddhism and Jainism Dharmasastras Epics Puranas Hindu Temples: Their Origin and Growth Adi Sankaracharya Bhakti Movement Hinduism under Muslim Rule Hinduism under British Rule The Present A Peep into the Future Appendix Glossary Selected References Index

About the Author

R Ramachandran is an indologist and retired professor of Geography from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. He has held positions as the Head of the Department of Geography, the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and the Director of the Delhi School of Economics at various points in time. His first book Urbanisation and Urban Systems in India was published in 1989 and has been reprinted every year since. After retirement in 1996, the author has been devoting himself full time to the study of Hindu scriptures in original Sanskrit. In 2010, he published his first book on the nature of Hinduism-Hinduism: In the context of Manusmriti, Vedas & Bhagavad Gita. The author's deep interest in Hinduism is the direct result of his ancestry from an orthodox community of Brahmanas and his feeling of indebtedness to his ancestors. The book is in the nature of a historiography and reflects the author's perceptions as a member of a Brahmana community as well as his professional training and experience as a social scientist.


"Professor Ramachandran's learned, insightful and fascinating book on Hinduism, marked by his original views and strong opinions, makes for a stimulating and instructive reading."

-- Shashi Tharoor

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