Course Title: 
Glimpses of Eternal India
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Undergraduate (UG)
School of Engineering

'Glimpses of Eternal India' is a course offered in the B. Tech. programs at School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Unit 1


A peep into India’s glorious past

Ancient India – the vedas, the vedic society and the Sanatana Dharma – rajamandala and the Cakravartins – Ramarajya – Yudhisthira’s ramarajya; Sarasvati - Sindhu Civilization and the myth of the Aryan Invasion; Classical India – Dharma as the bedrock of Indian society – Vaidika Brahmanya Dharma and the rise of Jainism and Buddhism – the sixteen Mahajanapadas and the beginning of Magadhan paramountcy – Kautilya and his Arthasastra – Chandragupta Maurya and the rise of the Mauryan empire – Gupta dynasty Indian art and architecture – classical sanskrit literature – Harsavardhana; Trade and commerce in classical and medieval India and the story of Indian supremacy in the Indian ocean region; The coming of Islam – dismantling of the traditional Indian polity – the Mughal empire – Vijayanagara samrajya and days of Maratha supremacy.

Unit 2

India’s contribution to the world: spirituality, philosophy and sciences

Indian Philosophy – the orthodox (Vaidika) and the heterodox (atheistic) schools; Ramayana and Mahabharata; Bhagavad Gita; Saints and sages of India; Ancient Indian medicine: towards an unbiased perspective; Ancient Indian mathematics; Ancient Indian astronomy; Ancient Indian science and technology.

The arrival of Europeans, British paramountcy and colonization

What attracted the rest of the world to India?; India on the eve of the arrival of European merchants; The story of colonization and the havoc it wrecked on Indian culture and civilization; Macaulay and the start of the distortion of Indian education and history; Indian economy – before and after colonization: a brief survey; The emergence of modern India

Unit 3

Women in Indian society

The role and position of women in Hindu civilization; Gleanings from the Vedas, Brihadarnyaka Upanishad, Saptasati Devi Mahatmyam, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Manusmriti, Kautilya’s Arthasastra and Mrichchhakatikam of Sudraka; The role and position of Indian women vis-a-vis Islam and European cultures; The great women of India.

Modern India

The national movement for freedom and social emancipation; Swami Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo, Rabindranath Tagore; Understanding Mahatma Gandhi; A new nation is born as a republic – the pangs of birth and growth; India since Independence – the saga of socio-political movements; Problems facing the nation today; Globalization and Indian Economy; Bharatavarsha today and the way ahead: Regeneration of Indian National Resources.


The Wonder that was India; The ‘politics’ and ‘purpose’ of studying India.

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