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Friday, September 06, 2013

INDIA in the eyes of MICHEL DANINO

I was about to post a run-of-the-mill humor slide show of actor Vadivelu's many moods, when during my search for Is Indraloka Real? led to the site of Jayashree Saranathan who provides a fund of well researched information about ancient India and its civilizational connections to elsewhere in the globe, including the migration of Sun God worshipers. Something irked me to go you tube scavenging on the Saraswati Civilization, and lo presto I stumbled on this 2012 video. But I also remind myself that I made a foray into blogging only in 2006, and that too not as seriously then, as now.

So having decided to postpone a 10,001th run down post in a wayside 101th blog everyone would gladly skip, this fresh breath of Indian self pride is being presented:
This lecture is a part of Symposium on Indian Cultural Heritage organised by Vivekananda Study Circle of IIT, Madras in Mar-Apr 2011.

Born in 1956 at Honfleur (France) into a Jewish family recently emigrated from Morocco, from the age of fifteen Michel Danino was drawn to India, some of her great yogis, and soon to Sri Aurobindo and Mother and their view of evolution which gives a new meaning to our existence on this earth. In 1977, dissatisfied after four years of higher scientific studies, he left France for India, where he has since been living.

Studying India's culture and ancient history in the light of both Sri Aurobindo's (Auroville) pioneering work and archaeological research, in 1996 Danino authored The Invasion That Never Was, a brief study of the Aryan invasion theory. Intended primarily for the educated non-specialist Indian public, the book has also been well received in scholarly circles.His recently launched another book Lost River: On The Trail of the Sarasvati which delves deeper into the Aryan invasion theory.

The other well known indophile is David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri) of American Institute of Vedic Studies and author of the famous book, The Myth of Aryan Invasion of India.

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