Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Mani draws a link between monsoon and beginning of urbanisation in Ganga valley

Varanasi, December 15, 2013: On the second day of the seminar " Recent Advances in Archaeological Science" at the Science Faculty auditorium in Banaras Hindu University,  more them 100 research paper were presented in different session of the respective societies. Besides regular session there were four theme seminars organized by archaeological, prehistoric and cultural societies. 

Dr. K.N. Dixit of IAS introduced the various themes of the different session. The theme seminars session of ISPQS was chaired by renowned archaeologist Prof. V.D. Mishra of Allahabad University. The Additional Director General of Archaeological survey of India Dr BR Mani presented the concept of seminar entitled Mansoon and Beginning of urbanization in Ganga Valley. 

In this theme paper Dr. Mani underlined the fact that the most stimulating factor to unleash the process of urbanization in the subcontinent was perhaps the transaction of surplus production between the people residing in the dry arid regions and the mansoon regions. 

Prof. Shanti Pappu and Neetu Agarawal respectively in their papers brought to the for various aspects of artifacts and tool  technology of the Acheulan types in prehistoric period Dr. S.B Ota, talked about lithic tools in prehistoric Madhya Pradesh where as Bishnupriya Basak presented the paper citing the too technology of West Bengal. Prof. V.D. Mishra, the Chairman of the session in his address called for comprehensive approach so that an objective history of early India can be brought to the fore. Prof. Mishra also said that this is an important forum to bring together the budding archaeologists.

In the second session Prof. M.D.N. Sahi said that urbanization in India should be independent theory and Harappans and Ganges civilization are two independent urbanized entities. Prof. J.N. Pandey, Prof. D.P. Tiwari among others talked about different aspects of the urbanization.

 In the seminar session of the Indian History Culture and Society various research papers on the contribution of colonial rule in shaping of modern history of India. Dr. S.K. Jolly, the chairperson underlined the importance of different western Indologist. Dr. Vandana Kaushik talked about the impact of western culture in Hyderabad in the 19th century. The historians and archaeologist called for the interdisciplinary approach so that an unbiased history can be written.

In organizing the programme Prof. A.K. Dubey, Dr. D.K. Ojha, Dr. G.K. Lama, Dr. Prabhakar Upadhyay, Dr. Ranjeet Pratap Singh, Dr. Vikas Kumar Singh, Dhirendra Pratap Singh, Ajit Chaudhary, Sujit Singh, Karn Singh, Amit Ranjan and Sudarshan Chakradhari, Sharmeela Bhattacharya and Mukesh Kumar were associated and contributed their efforts. Dr. Vinay Kumar Singh, Dean of Students, BHU visited the venue and marked his presence.  


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