The International Conference on Indian History ICIH 2009
January 9-11, 2009, Indian International Centre, New Delhi
The International Conference on Indian History, to be held at the India International Centre on January 9-11, 2009 at New Delhi, will build upon the conclusions established in the seminar held at Dallas, Texas in 2007.
It has two objectives.
The first one is to increase awareness of strategic thinking in India and to show that a strategic approach based on long-term objectives is essential to ensure a safe and secure future for the ancient Indian civilization and lead it again to the kind of tremendous prosperity and global influence that it has enjoyed for thousands of years in the past.
The second objective is to increase awareness of the importance of learning the accurate history of India and its impact on the future choices that the country can make in its vital interests.
To ensure the total domination of the Indian race politically and culturally, the British rulers of the Raj deliberately wrote a false history of India and completely mangled its chronology (sequence of ancient historical dates) to cause confusion and inferiority complex among Indians about their formidable and proud civilization that for 5,000 years exerted a tremendous influence on all ancient countries, from Greece to Rome to Egypt to China.
About six decades after we became independent, there is an urgent need for the Indians to correct the historical narrative of their civilization. But this needs to be done from an Indian perspective and by historians and scholars whose professionalism is beyond doubt and who are not corrupted by the alien ideology of Marxism or domestic political motives.
This has to be done on an urgent basis, because the Hindu Pundits – the custodians of our ancient history and traditions – may not be around in great numbers in the next couple of decades. They may abandon their punditry and migrate to more lucrative and well-paying modern jobs rather than do the arduous task of memorizing a sizeable portion of the Vedas, Puranas and Upanishads as they have done in the past. This will be a great tragedy because this sacred literature written by the ancient sages is the foundation on which the Indian civilization rests, whether today’s English-speaking Indians realize it or not.
Further, we need to investigate the consequences of the Indian youth learning false history of their country during their formative years, which results in self-alienation and hatred towards their own culture and civilization. We have to make an overall assessment of the terrible cultural damage caused to the Indian society by the false and fanciful history written by colonials and Marxist historians, because the ancient Indian history as it is taught today in India is terribly flawed and mischievous.
This undertaking is not possible till all of us Indians come together to develop and execute a plan to decolonize our history and rescue it from the clutches of the people who belonged neither to our country, nor to our race. No other country in the world allows its children to read their own history written by people of other races. Why should Indians continue to do so?
The International Conference on Indian History ICIH 2009 is organized by the Indic Studies Foundation, a no-profit organization based in California, US, from private funds. The Foundation undertakes a series of seminars annually with an exclusive focus on Indic history, with a view to research its distortions, to investigate and assess the consequences of such distortions and try to remedy the situation by facilitating impartial and professional research into Indic history.
At ICIH 2009, about 100 reputed scholars and historians from all over the world will present papers in front of about 1,200 delegates over a period of three days at New Delhi’s India International Centre. The papers will broadly be related to the following themes:
1. The ancient history of democracy as a political system and India’s place in such history. (Democratic republics existed in India two to three thousand years ago.) The concept of the “Chakravarthi” as the upholder of Dharma (but not necessarily an absolute monarch).
2. Identifying key distinguishing features and dates of the Indic civilization of relevance to the current strategic environment facing India
3. Identifying those areas of Indian history which are egregiously in error and the resulting impact on the manner in which India is viewed in the world today
4. Identify examples of government policies based on an erroneous interpretation of Indian history
5. Historiography of Indian arts
6. Discuss the present-day nonchalance, unconcern and forgetfulness of Indian citizens toward their country’s history and measures that can be taken to rekindle their interest
7. Propose methodology and criteria to evaluate the accuracy of the current or future proposed narratives of Indian history
8. Facilitating the recognition and revival of traditional knowledge systems in today’s India
9. The history of a country affects the economic choices it makes. But how does the poverty or wealth of a country affect how its history is viewed in the present?
10. In the 17th century, as during most of its history for the two thousand years before that, the Indian GDP according to Angus Madison comprise a staggering 25 percent of the world’s total GDP on a purchasing power parity basis. In short, India was the most productive and richest country in the world for most of the world’s history. So what were the consequences of the rapid deterioration of India’s powerful economy that started immediately after the Battle of Plassey with which the British came to acquire the control of the vast province of Bengal (comprising today’s Bangladesh, West Bengal, Orissa and Bihar)? The British control led to the first of the Great Famines of Bengal in 1777, and the death by slow starvation of one-third of the total population of Bengal.
11. Discuss the impact of the new “politically correct” dogma unique to India which goes under the name of secularism. What is the effect of the Indian-brand secularism on the historiography of India and the discipline of Indian history, especially the caricaturization of anybody articulating Hindu interests as a “saffron fascist.”
12. Identity and politics interact not only in history writing but also in current affairs. How much of the identity politics today, including subaltern studies, is a consequence of the massive distortion and re-inventing of caste by the colonial overlord? Did India’s 1971 war with Pakistan and the Pokhran I explosion by Indira Gandhi’s government trigger a huge increase in funding of South Asian studies by Western governments? If yes, then for what purpose? How these South Asian studies being conducted abroad are affecting India’s image in the world and in the eyes of its own citizens?
There will be many other themes such as the follows:
1. Perceptions of “history”, with special reference to Indian history
2. History and the historian: Judging history versus pleading history
3. The colonial-missionary distortions in Indian history
4. Impact of post-modernism and post-structuralism on contemporary Indian historiography
5. Post-colonial distortions in Indian history
6. Impact of history writing on identity politics and geo-politics of today
7. Current status of the debate on Vedic-Harappan identity
8. Ongoing debates on Indian history text books in India and abroad
9. History of Indian Ocean Community
10. History of Indian diaspora
11. Women in ancient India
12. The extent to which the current history of India is an occidentalist revision
13. India’s contribution to technology and sciences in the past and the possible transfer of technology from India to Greece and later to Europe. What impact did this transfer have on the resurgence of Europe such as the Enlightenment and Renaissance? For instance, there is ample circumstantial evidence that the Gregorian calendar was fixed in 1582 after the Jesuits learned about sidereal measurements and accurate trigonometric tables from the Hindu astrologers of Kerala
14. The implications of the Saraswati Sindhu civilization on the posture of Pakistan and Indo-Pak relations
15. The various ways in which the Westerners have caricatured the Indic, such as by reinventing the caste system as the prime determinant of Indic civilization
16. Discuss the potential Indic origin of the realist imperative (eg. John Meerscheimer and Hans Morgenthau) of the Occidental in its formulation of foreign policy. The imperative has been a significant strand in the Indic strategic weltanschuung, (a conception of the vast universe and humanity’s relationship to it) ever since the time of Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad-Gita. The efficacy by which Lord Krishna plied his craft is attested to by the fact that he was equally trusted by both parties in the war. Is India adhering to such Realist impulses, or is it just being pragmatic, or is it being weak-kneed in its approach to the major powers such as US, China and Russia?
17. Encourage and report on independent studies of Meso-America by the Indics to assess whether the Westerners have applied a similar Euro-centric approach to the historical narrative of the Incas and the Aztecs.
18. The manner in which Indian literary and scientific historiography has been characterized by the Occident (Westerners) and the total ignorance of the works of such ancient Indian stalwarts as Bhartrihari (a towering philosopher and grammarian of ancient India) in the young generation of Indians today.
19. The Goan Inquisition and its impact on the Indian society, especially in the Konkan area
Chiarman of Conference:
Professor Shivaji Singh, Former Prof. Archeology & History Gorakhpur University, National President, Akhil Bharateeya Itihaasa Sankalan Yojana, India, Shivala Nagar, Mohaddipur, GORAKHPUR – 273008. +91- 9792250787, 9335449829 prof_sivaji @ yahoo.com
Convener of Conference:
Kosla Vepa, Executive Director, Indic Studies Foundation, 948 Happy Valley Rd., Pleasanton, Ca94566, Tel.: 925-998-2529 (mobile) E-Mail Kosla.Vepa @ indicstudies.us
Executive Committee Chairmen:
J P Sharma, Former Add Secretary (IPS)
Om Prakash Mishra, Associate Professor of History, National Law College, Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
Prashant Bharadwaj, #467, Sector-12A, Gurgaon, Haryana India +91-9910464100 Email: grdprashant @ gmail.com
OmPrakash Misra: omprakashnlu @ gmail.com
International Conference on Indian History ICIH 2009
January 9-11, 2009
India International Centre
40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodi Estate
From January 9th (Friday) to 11th (Sunday), 2009
Indic Studies Foundation
948, Happy Valley Road
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Phone: 925-998-2529 (Mobile)