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MA Sanskrit (Dharmashastra and Kautilya's Arthashastra). Student of Sanskrit, History, Epigraphy, Literature, Art, Architecture
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23 Jun 20
What an agenda driven portal @Wikipedia is !

In this thread, you will see an example how they are trying to paddle fake agenda by citing "laughable/substandard references" in the field of #History

• Wiki Page - Battle of Haldighati
• Fake Agenda/Claim - Mughal Victory

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To substantiate the claim "Mughal Victory", two references are cited

• 1st ref. - The Mughal Empire at War (pic 1)
• Writer - Andrew De La Garza (pic 2)

This book released in 2016 only and has only 4 lines for this battle p56 (pic 3)

Issues with this citation are ...
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Issues in 1st citation -

• Cited reference is absolutely insufficient as it doesn't contain any primary material to support claim of Mughal victory

• Writer has no credential on his name to get cited on subject like "Battle of Haldighati".

Now coming to 2nd reference
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9 Jun 20
This is a case of false interpretation of सूत्र literature like #अर्थशास्त्रम् and trying to misquote कौटिल्य

This happen when u don't know #संस्कृतम्

Here, I will put facts from the same chapter दासकर्मकरकल्पम् (3.13)

दास is not slave. How ? Read in this thread

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The very first सूत्र in this chapter says :
उदरदासवर्जमार्यप्राणमप्राप्तव्यवहारं ...

Except उदरदास (The one who is दास out of his compulsion), nobody from 4 वर्ण can be made दास

Violation of this rule attracts various levels of दण्ड ... Highest is प्राणदण्ड.
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Above rule is made crystal clear in next सूत्र - न तु एव आर्यस्य दासभावः

As a general rule, nobody from आर्य (ब्राह्मण/क्षत्रिय/वैश्य/शूद्र) can be made दास

कौटिल्य further states
म्लेच्छानाम् अदोषः प्रजां विक्रेतुम् आधातुं वा (but मलेच्छ, who is out of आर्य fold, does it)
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30 May 20
Starting a thread on #कामसूत्रम् (1/n)

I will dismantle vile propaganda to denounce this wonderful text as a sex manual

Before I start, read this article by me to understand कामसूत्र as a शास्त्र
indiafacts.org/kamashastram-o…

Hindi version - indiafacts.org/kamashastram-o…
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Lack of basic information leads to false propaganda (see the tweet in the image)

कामसूत्र is not written by Richard Burton. Authorship is with वात्स्यायन (~300 BCE) - a well known fact

Person who doesn't know such basic info has made a video to denounce this text !!
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In fact, title of Burton's translation work in 1883 was - Kamasutra of Vatsyayana

Burton himself has acknowledged that this is not his work but is of वात्स्यायन and Burton has just translated it

So, saying "Burton written Kamasutra" is an agenda driven white lie.
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1 May 20
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Image of स्वस्तिक on a #Petroglyph in #India (At ~3900 mtr altitude)

Petroglyph = Carving on rock/rock piece #RockArt

• Place = Manda village, Zanskar Valley (#Ladakh)
• Dating = 50 BCE (~2000 yrs ago)

Pic 1 – Zanskar Valley on Map
Pic 2 – Found Petroglyph
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~0.6 mtr stone piece has a carving of स्वस्तिक using a sharp stone tool. Such an art is first time discovered in this region and probably in #India too.

Pic 3 – स्वस्तिक image highlighted
Pic 4 – Traditional स्वस्तिक (Understanding Purpose)
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From a nearby sanctuary, स्वस्तिक variant carved on a stone plate (See the image) is also found (~50 BCE)

It is not a petroglyph but an important connecting link of Swastika with #Ladakh region from the same era as of the petroglyph depicted in the above tweet
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7 Apr 20
How to understand "clock timing" in #Sanskrit ? A short thread 👇

Let us start with few basic words -

• O'clock = वादनम्

• Numbers = एक, द्वि, त्रि, चतुर् , पञ्च, षट् , सप्त, अष्ट, नव, दश, एकादश, द्वादश (1 to 12)

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So,
• 1 o'clock = एक-वादनम् ।
• 2 o'clock = द्वि-वादनम् ।
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• 12 o'clock = द्वादश-वादनम् ।

Simple. Isn't it ?
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Now,
how to understand 2.15, 3.30, 4.45 and so on ? Again, two basic words -

• पाद = 15 minutes
(सपाद = +15 min. & पादोन = -15 mts)
• सार्ध = 30 minutes

So,
2:15 = सपाद-द्वि-वादनम्
3:30 = सार्ध-त्रि-वादनम्
4:45 = पादोन-पञ्च-वादनम्
... Go on like this.
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9 Mar 20
Now, starting 2nd thread in the series of "#Sanskrit and #SilkRoute".

• Topic - Discovery of Sanskrit on Silk Route.

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Refer the map of #SilkRoute again. Do you see Takla Makan desert, North to Tibet ?

City of Kashgar at this desert separates the route in two parts - North & South.

See that Kucha town in the North route. Next tweets are related to Kucha. So, remember it.
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It was 1890 CE. India was under the British rule.

Hamilton Bower is a British army officer. He is sent to Kucha (China) on a secret mission in search of a murderer.

He goes to Kucha and takes help of a local person to guide him. Local guide takes him to an old place.
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8 Mar 20
Xinjiang region of #China (Image 1) was the most important region on #SilkRoute for travelers carrying #Sanskrit texts from #India.

Crescent Moon Lake (Image 2 & 3) site was the shelter for these travelers in this arid region.

Voyage of Sanskrit in China was not easy ! 🙂 ImageImageImage
The #SilkRoute in #China got bifurcated at Kashgar creating North and South routes ultimately meeting at Dunhuang (See the map below)

This route gave birth to "Central Asia", a logical unit on the physical map of Asia 🙂

On this route - Oasis, Kingdoms, Cities got established. Image
These kingdoms, cities and other places became the halting places for the travelers.

They helped transmitting #Sanskrit texts, thoughts, ideas, literature, art and culture from #India to not only Central Asia and #China but also to East Asia.
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