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Bon Voyage!. Why India Why Study India, Why Explore India Alex Arrives Indo-Greek Encounters Medieval Middle Easterners Indo-Muslim Interactions Voyages of Vasco s Europe rediscovers India English Imperialism India and the “Sunny” Empire Belated Bill s Where have you been, Bill s?.

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Bon Voyage!

  • Why India

    • Why Study India, Why Explore India

  • Alex Arrives

    • Indo-Greek Encounters

  • Medieval Middle Easterners

    • Indo-Muslim Interactions

  • Voyages of Vascos

    • Europe rediscovers India

  • English Imperialism

    • India and the “Sunny” Empire

  • Belated Bills

    • Where have you been, Bills?


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Exploring India


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India for Iowa/Indiana?

  • Historical importance

    • Two melting pots: USA and India

  • Socio-cultural relevance

    • E Pluribus Unam (One from many)

  • Intellectual links

    • King, Emerson, Yoga, Vegan

  • WTO demands

    • China + India = Products + Services


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Major Ancient Empires


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Alex Arrives

  • Alexander Arrived – Chanakya Confronted

  • Megasthenes Recorded

  • Similarities

    • Chariots, Weapons, Attire, Myths, Ritual, Philosophy

    • Pythagoras Plato


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Medieval Middle East


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Middle Easterners & Mughals

  • 499 AD Taxila destroyed by Huns, 1200 AD Nalanda and others destroyed by other middle easterners

  • Early invasions for loot, conquest, anti-idolatry

  • 1526 Babar (and Mughal Raj) arrived

  • Akbar and Shahjehan promoted harmony and cultural achievements. Dara Shikoh translated Vedic texts

  • New Hindu reform movements with common themes – Bhakti saints (Kabir, Chaitanya) and Sikhism

  • Sufism – mystic and philosophic parallels

  • “Muslim body with Hindu mind”.

    • Hindu > Indic. Muslim > Islamicate


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Voyages of Vascos

  • Columbus – “Red India” For India in 1492

  • Vasco da Gama – 1498, bypassing middlemen, increase in trade

  • Early missionaries

    • Francis Xavier – 1542

    • Roberto de Nobili – 1605

  • Sea Route of Vasco da Gama


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English Imperialism

  • Paul Kennedy – 1790 to 1947, 30% < > 2%

  • Railways, post, telegraph, court, education, administration infrastructure

  • Lord McCauley (1835) – Creation of Indians in blood and color but English in taste, opinion, morals, intellect

  • William Jones (1746 – 1794) , Max Muller (1823 – 1900)


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Belated Bills

  • Two “natural allies” biggest democracies based on pluralism, equality, freedom and human rights. Both victims of terrorism.

  • IT DID IT, Cold (war) ice melted

  • Bill Gates and Bill Clinton

  • Indians in USA, “Model Minority”

  • Stronger partnership critical for world peace


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Ekam Sat Viprah Bahudha Vadanti(Truth is one, wise call it many)E Pluribus Unam (One from many)Thank You


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