” ‘Indology’ has been populated by linguists and my respect for their work has gone down by several notches when I look at the shoddy assumptions many are prone to make. Science and rigor the way Nilesh Oak has used seems to be unknown to these Indologists. I bet that not one of those horse bone chewers can understand what Archeo-astronomy means. Their awareness extends to looking at Archeo-asses and saying it was not Equus caballus.”
– Dr. Shiv Sastry, MD
‘The Historic Rama’ evaluates 300+ astronomical , chronological, seasonal, calendrical, hydro-geological, paleo-climatological references from ‘Valmiki Ramayana’ to arrive at 12209 BCE as the year of Rama-Ravana yuddha.
The theory is the simple theory that ‘all astronomy observations of Valmiki Ramayana are visual observations of the sky’.
The theory passes, with flying colors, on the five pillars of scientific investigation:
(1) Internal consistency
(logical consistency, free from tautology,
(see the thesis above)
(Epoch of Ramayana and more than 300+ testable observations
(4) External consistency
(300+ testable observations that established 13th Millennium BCE as the time of Ramayana, while falsifying all other known claims for the timing of Ramayana). The theory and proposal remains testable in a subject independent manner, for 300+ observation of Valmiki Ramayana.
The principle is to be applied, correctly, only in determining if ‘external consistency’ holds.
Prof. Sheldon Pollock has misrepresented the timeline of Ramayana, and thus ‘The Historic Rama’ is a must read for every student and researcher of Indian history, in general, and, of Ramayana, in particular.
He speculates the timing of Valmiki Ramayana to be post Buddha. Buddha’s time is proposed anywhere from 1800 BCE to 500 BCE. Multiple and independent and testable observations of Valmiki Ramayana refer to a timeline of 10500 BCE through 17500 BCE for the timing of Ramayana. I have termed this period as ‘the Epoch of Ramayana’.