Vedic chronology based on astronomical tools and supported by archaeological evidence, which suggests the Vedas were composed not later than 6000 BC, should be included in school and college curriculum. This was the resolution adopted at the concluding session of the national seminar on Vedic chronology, conducted by Delhi University’s Sanskrit department.
“We aren’t saying that Western or Marxist views should be removed. But at least this nationalist Indian view should also be included. We will request the concerned authorities to accept our suggestion,” said head of department Ramesh Bharadwaj, adding that another such seminar would be planned for 2016.
Bharadwaj said that for establishing the chronology, astronomy was “more accurate” than radiocarbon dating. This is what gave credibility to their project of reassessment of Vedas, he said.
Arguing that there was a “dharmayudh” which prompted the need to become more “aggressive” in pushing for the reassessment of Vedic chronology, Bharadwaj said many people were scared to voice their “nationalist views” openly for fear of being termed “saffron/communal”.
“Dharmayudh chal raha hai. humari bhartiya sanskriti hume nirbhay hona sikhati hai. Abhi samay hai, jo bolna hai wo bolna hai aur mard ki tarah bolna hai, bina dare (Indian tradition teaches us to be fearless. We should say what we have to say without fear, like a man),” he said.
Bharadwaj added that the Centre and the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) was supposed to provide funds for the seminar, but they apparently backed out 10 days ago claiming that “racial research” should not be carried out.
Taking a dig at historians who say that Sanskrit scholars should not intervene in history, Bharadwaj said historians like Romila Thapar, R S Sharma and D N Jha “ruined” history-writing because they didn’t know Sanskrit. “There can be no history without Sanskrit…We’re Brahmins and we belong to the tradition which understands the importance of the language. So it is up to us to fix this (Vedic dating),” he said.
Congratulating scholars who participated from various fields and states, Bharadwaj said the speeches made by them would be uploaded on the department’s e-journal.