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Indus civilisation matrix of India's cultural tradition: Shendge

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Mumbai, Mar 23 (UNI) India's cultural, political and linguistic history begins with Indus civilisation and it is the matrix of the country's cultural tradition, said Dr Malati J Shendge here today.

Delivering the P V Kane memorial lecture, Dr Shendge said the beginning of India's history, written in the 18th century, is no more valid after the discovery of Indus civilisation in 20th century.

''Intellectually vibrant independent India must project her correct history to the world throwing away the yoke of colonial Eurocentric view of her past achievements,'' she said.

Dr Shendge regretted that even after 58 years of Independence there was not much effort to ''correct'' the beginning of India's history.

She said the research in the last three decades shows that the twin sources of textual and archaeological material do not support the ''claim'' of beginning of India's history in the 18th century.

''India's history begins on the Indian soil as also its culture and Sanskrit, the first known language of the Indian subcontinent is an indigenous language, not brought over by an foreign refuge tribe,'' Dr Shendge maintained.

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