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Dev Kumar Jhanjh
The word epigraphy, for the study of inscriptions, is derived from two Greek words viz., epi meaning ‘on or upon’ and graphie meaning ‘to write’. Inscriptions are of different types, such as royal proclamations, donative records, land grants, prasastis (eulogistic inscriptions commissioned by…
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Susmita Basu Majumdar
The huge corpus of epigraphic literature found from different parts of the Indian subcontinent forms a major source for understanding various aspects of early Indian society, religion, economy and culture, besides dynastic and political history. Epigraphic sources have been used extensively for…
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Dev Kumar Jhanjh (DKJ): What is the difference between seals and sealings? K.K. Thaplyal (KKT): A seal is a stamp bearing the device or legend or both pertaining to the ruler. Sealing is an impression of such a stamp. On the seal the device and the legend will be in negative which would come in the…
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Dev Kumar Jhanj (DKJ): What is prashasti? Suchandra Ghosh (SG): Prashasti is a very important genre in the whole gamut of epigraphs that are found; they are directly connected to the achievements of the rulers. But we, as researchers, have to use the prashasti very judiciously. Do not actually…
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Dev Kumar Jhanjh (DKJ): Sir, palaeography as we know focuses on the letter form and the evolution of the same and is intimately associated with deciphering and studying the inscriptions. Can you elucidate? Rajat Sanyal (RS): Actually ‘palaeos’ means old and ‘graph’ is writing, letter writing, the…
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DKJ (Dev Kumar Jhanjh): In your Prachin Bharater Arthanaitik Itihaser Sandhane (name of a Bengali book), you have mentioned that inscriptions throw most important light on the socio-economic history of early India. Will you elucidate on it? RC (Ranabir Chakrabarti): First, it’s a book published…
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Yigal Bronner
One of the foremost minds in the field of Indology and linguistics today, 69-year-old David Dean Shulman was born and brought up in Iowa in the Midwest, USA. After finishing school, Shulman immigrated to Israel and gained a BA degree in Islamic History from Hebrew University. He grew fascinated…
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Dev Kumar Jhanjh
Any kind of historical study is based on some source, grounding on which historians attempt to understand the past which impacts the present. As a historian does not belong to the time and space of the events of the past, they have to rely on some kind of evidence, which works as an explanatory…
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Dev Kumar Jhanjh (DKJ): Polity and Religion are always interrelated in almost each and every society. Could you tell us whether the scenario was same or not in early India? R. Mahalakshmi (RM): Well, certainly in the Indian context as well as in other contexts too, we can see the interrelation…
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