“There could be no fairer destiny for any…theory than that it should point the way to a more comprehensive theory in which it lives on, as a limiting case”
– Albert Einstein
Shri Manish Pandit has kindly taken up the challenge to debunk my theory (and proposal). Of course, he uses a cautious language, a language much desired in researching ‘History’ or ‘Science’.
He asserted, “I will almost certainly debunk your theory”.
His assertion has two elements that binds the list of ‘daivi’ qualities mentioned in Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 16:1-3, Humbleness (A-manita) and fearlessness (A-Bhayam).
His assertion thus can be re-read as “I will almost (humbleness) certainly (fearlessness) debunk your theory.”
I have tried to debunk it myself (my theory and proposal for the timing of Mahabharata war – 5561 BCE) since I proposed it in 2009 CE. The book was published in 2011 CE.
My theory is rather trivial : ‘All the astronomy observations of Mahabharata text are visual observations of the sky.’
This would sound like a trivial truism and it is…only until one starts reading wild speculations (that are NOT backed by any evidence whatsoever) and theories of Mahabharata researchers who have proposed:
(1) ‘Astrology Drishti’ – (Vartak, Raghavan, Vaidya, Lele, Modak and many others)
(2) ‘Comets instead of planets’ – (Achar, Gupta)
(3) ‘Stopping of War for 12 days after fall of Bhishma in the battlefield’ – (Holay)
(4) ‘War taking place on alternate days’ – (Kavishwar)
There are more than 130 other Mahabharata researchers with many such theories.
While their theories vary, the characteristic commonality among them (with few admirable exceptions – Vartak, Dixit, Holay, Kane, Iyengar) is characteristic lack of evidence for their theories. Add to this, characteristic lack of awareness for the fact that any (and all) astronomy observations, from the Mahabharata text, not considered by them, instantly falsify their proposal (s) for the year of Mahabharata War.
But I digressed.
After I failed to debunk my theory and proposal via astronomy observations of the Mahabharata text, I began exploring other disciplines of science, viz. archeology, paleo-hydrology, paleo-zoology, anthropology, genetics, geology and more. To my pleasant surprise, I landed on evidence in many of these disciplines that also corroborates 5561 BCE as the timing of Mahabharata War.
I plan on publishing all of this exciting stuff in the near future. In the mean time I wish Shri Manish Pandit much success in debunking my theory.
And before someone senses (unjustifiably) a sarcasm (after all inductive world of research is not used to the beauty of falsification of a theory), I want readers to understand that all progress of science has come from falsification of previously successful theories. My theory and proposal is the best out there today on the timing of Mahabharata War, and successful debunking of it will lead to tremendous growth in our knowledge of Mahabharata.
I sincerely thank Shri Manish Pandit for proclaiming such a wish and proactively taking up on such a challenge. My best wishes to him. Godspeed.