Country's top academicians and intellectuals assembled at an international seminar in New Delhi urged the educational bodies responsible for drafting school and university curricula and textbooks in the feild of ancient history to ensure that obsolete theories left over by the colonial prejudices about Indian civilization should be phased out. they also stressed the need to set up rigorous academic process to update the content of curicula and text books and make sure that latest discoveries are taken into account and brought to the knowledge of the students. The seminar was organized by Draupadi Dream Trust from march 26 to 28 on the topic, "The Indus-Saraswati(Harappan) Civilization vis-a-vis The rigveda"
ICHR chairman Shri YS Rao potrayed archaeology as a yeilding subject along with other science like astronomy, meterology ect. Accepting that every study has it's limitations, we should take only the positive aspects of each. Truth in all fields has to be accepted. Dynamism should exist.
ICCR president Prof lokesh Chandra life is polycentric phenomenon, the past, history, language being only the parts of the whole. He pressed on the necessity of questioning the Western ideology of Indian history, tracking back the glorious ancestry of the subcontinent and prominence of great masters of science and languages.
Noted scholar Dr. Koenraad Elst talked about the misconception of Aryan Invasion Theory and proposed that Sanskrit must have the origin of language. Dr. Yvette Claire Rosser (Ramrani) pointed out the interferences of politics in the study of ancient
Indian history. Emphasising on the twists given by the politicians on the text books with example of Pakistan and India Dr. Rosser emphasised how facts are distorted or sidelined to please a certain ideology. prof Dilip K Chakrabarty, renowned histotian and Archaeologist of Camebridge University minced no words when h showed how political consideration hampered the understanding and teaching of the actual historical past.
Prof BB Lal explained the Rig Vedic culture and it's geographical reference given in the literature. He emphasised that Vedic people emigrated from India to Western Asia in the second millenium BCE.
Dr. david Frawley, Director American Institute of Vedic Studies, U.S.A interrogated the existing theory that the vedic culture is confined to the river banks. By reffering the verses of Vedas he claimed that the Ocean plays an important role in their culture.
Prof michel Danino, of IIT Gandhinagar, in his talk on "Discovering the Saraswati River from 1855-2014" presented the research history of Saraswati River and highlighted the pioneer work of French Indologist CF Oldham in the nineteenth century. Senior scientist of ISRO, Dr. BK Bhadra, explained the geographical entity of the Vedic Saraswati in relation to the Harappan elements in North-West India.
Sushri Neera Misra, chairman of Draupadi Trust, said culture is the soul of any nation and Indian cultural identity comes from her rich ancient civilization and Rigveda. She stressed the need to give more focus of research exploration, excavation and preservation of sites related to the rich ancient Indian history and culture, especially sought support for attention to Kampilya, the birth place of Draupadi, Mahabharat cultural tourism circuit, Panchala university for Culture Heritage Studies, and recognition to archaeologists and persons working for ancient cultural studies.
Union Minister Culture Shri mahesh Sharma spoke eloquently about the importance of spreading awareness of cultural tradition of respecting the girl child and women. Dr. Bal Mukund of Itihas Sankalan yojna showed admiration at the tremendous work of Draupadi Trust in highlighting isuues of cultural identity.
|PadmaShri Dr. R.S. Bisht||Banawali|
|Dr. Nandini Bhattacharya||Evolution of Indus Saraswati Culture at BHIRRANA by|
|V.S Shinde||The Saraswati: An Epicentre of the Harappan Civilization|
|B.R Mani||On Evidence of Vedic vis-a-vis Harappan Sepulchral Structures|
|Dr. K.N.Dikshit||Rise of Civilization in the Sarasvati Valley and Adjoining Indus Region|
|Dr. Sonawane||RECENT TRENDS IN HARAPPAN|
|Ashok K. Bhatnagar||Astronomical Dating of Rigveda|
|Dr. bhagwan Singh ji||The problem of Rigvedic chronology|
|Shivaji Singh||Correlating rigvedic ideological and Harappan URBAN PROCESSES|
|Bajpai||New map with instructions of Sapta Sindhu Area|
|Prof B.B. Lal||DID SOME VEDIC PEOPLE EMIGRATE WESTWARDS FROM INDIA|
|Shri Vishnu Kant||MOST INDIAN CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS TRAITS HAVE THEIR ORIGIN IN THE INDUS-SARASVATI CIVILIZATION|
|Dr. Koenraad Elst||Why Linguistics necessarily holds the key to the solution of the Aryan question|
|Dr. B.K. Bhadra||Geographical Entity of the Vedic Saraswati River in Relation to the Harappan Settlements in Northwest India|
|Dr. Michell Danino||Discovering the Sarasvatī: From 1855 to 2014|
|Ganesh Umakant Thite||History In Epics and Pure-as: With spcial reference to the Vedic Ritual|