Quality of evidence

A reader asked… (referring to my assertion that 99.99% of chronology claims for the year of Mahabharata war fall into ‘superficial manipulative’ category) What made these claims (of 125+ Mahabharata researchers) fall into this unfortunate category (superficial manipulative)? My response… Initially, I wrote down, in responding to this reader, that there were different reasons why…

Rebuilding Ancient Indian history

Rebuilding Ancient Indian history is not unlike the science and techniques employed by Dendrochronology. A powerful analogy (but only an analogy) — In case of ‘Ancient Indian history’, overlap of ‘fingerprints’ won’t come from different trees, but rather from records of different disciplines viz. Records of recent history – epigraphs-reference events/astronomy events mentioned in epigraphs and other…

Deva-ayana & Pitru-ayana vs Uttara-ayana & Dakshina-ayana

Shri Prabhakar Phadnis wrote, on his blog: I have written detailed comments on the concept of fall of Abhijit here earlier. One key line in the shlokas about this topic is ‘धनिष्ठादि तदा कालो ब्रह्मणा परिनिर्मितः.’ Dr. P. V. Vartak had interpreted this to mean that year started from the time when Sun was in…

‘Dating of epic(s) timeline’ due to astronomy evidence & the problem of ‘lack of metal’ evidence

Prof. Ramesh Rao asks… “does this antiquity (due to astronomy evidence) jell with the descriptions in the text about certain kinds of weapons, metals, artifacts — you know, the whole “metal ages” system?” — My Response…. The question is valid. It does originate from the confusion of how science works or progresses. In spite of tremendous progress,…