Recently, one of the readers of my book (When did the Mahabharata War Happen? The Mystery of Arundhati) commented on a blog. He wanted to know the thoughts of Dr. Elst, the blog writer, for the timing of Mahabharata War, based on AV (Arundhati-Vasistha) observation.
Dr. Koenraad Elst, the writer of the blog article, was discussing his communication with someone from mainstream academia. Dr. Elst holds the view, at least based on this specific article, that the Mahabharata War took place around 1400 BCE. Dr. Elst gives the impression that he is discussing astronomy evidence in the article. Unfortunately, he has not discussed any astronomy evidence, none whatsoever from the Mahabharata text itself and to make it worse, he has misinterpreted whatever little astronomy evidence he has discussed from other ancient Indian texts. The entire article is a confusing mess, as far as astronomy evidence mentioned, its interpretation and subsequent claims.
The link to the above article of Dr. Elst is here:
But to get back to the original point…
Dr. Elst responded to the reader of my book. In his words,
Am travelling at present (in India), will answer later. But I already remark that the Arundhati passage as used by the high chronology enthusiasts in beyond 5000 BC, much before even the traditional high chronology.
A rational criticism of AV observation would involve an alternate interpretation. However, instead of doing anything close to it, what Dr. Elst does is he objects on the ground of ‘intent’ of those who have successfully employed AV observation to define upper (11091 BCE) and lower (4508 BCE) bound on the plausible timing of Mahabharata War.
Frankly, I like the designation – “High chronology enthusiasts”
Only I wonder…
What happened to the idea of the search for the truth?