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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
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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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
alex arrives
Alex Arrives
  • Alexander Arrived – Chanakya Confronted
  • Megasthenes Recorded
  • Similarities
    • Chariots, Weapons, Attire, Myths, Ritual, Philosophy
    • Pythagoras Plato
middle easterners mughals
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
voyages of vasco s
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
english imperialism
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)
belated bill s
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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