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Title: Karpasa In Prehistoric India(A Chronological and Cultural Clue)
Author: Sethna, K.D.
Item Code: BK00949
Publisher: Sri AurobindoAshram,Pondichery
Edition: 1st ed., Date: 1981, 203 pp., Cloth
Description: This book approaches a general revision of ancient Indian History. Utilizing the aid of archaeological discovery, documentary material and linguistic study, it seeks to bring about a radical chenge in 1) comparative chronology 2) the sequence of cultures and 3) the cultural character of several phases of India’s career in antiquity. By a close investigation of the term ‘karpasa’ for cotton in Sanskrit literature and by an alignment of its first occurrence with the first ascertained cultivator of the cotton plant in India , the body of Sutra writing is shown to be in its early stages contemporary with the Harappa culture, the Indus Valley civilization of c. 2500-1500 B.C. Thus new dates for some important sutras are considered. At the end, the karpasa itself is disclosed as functioning under a transparent veil in several lists of Sumero-Akkadian words which are connected with the trade between the Harappa culture and Sumer. The book opens up novel vistas for the Indologist without sacrificing any of the scientific rigor with witch honest investigation of the past is to be carried on.