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Ancient India: Culture of Contradictions

Catch renowned historian and author, Dr Upinder Singh LIVE on LHI Circle.

Through her new book Ancient India: Culture of Contradictions, Upinder Singh urges us to abandon simplistic stereotypes and instead think of ancient India in terms of the coexistence of five powerful contradictions—between social inequality and promises of universal salvation, the valorization of desire and detachment, goddess worship and misogyny, violence and non-violence, and religious debate and conflict. She does so using a vast array of sources including religious and philosophical texts, epics, poetry, plays, technical treatises, satire, biographies, and inscriptions, as well as the material and aesthetic evidence of archaeology and art from sites across the subcontinent.

Here’s the recording of our LIVE Discussion with Dr Upinder Singh