The region of Sirmaur or Sirmour is in the southeastern corner of the state. It… Read More
India’s story is one of the grand epics of world history. Throughout thousands of years of great civilizations, invasions, the birth of religions and countless cataclysms, India has time and again proved itself to be, in the words of its first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, ‘a bundle of contradictions held together by strong but invisible threads’. Indian history has always been a work in progress, a process of reinvention and accumulationthat can prove elusive for those seeking to grasp its essential essence. Generally speaking, Brahmanical empires and Hindu–Buddhist dynasties dominated for over a millennium before the arrival of the Islamic
sultanates, which, along with the Mughals, established Muslim control over the region for several hundred years; they were overtaken by the Europeans – especially, of course, the British, who managed to
conquer the peninsula. But even this chronology is deceptive: small dynasties emerged, passed away and emerged again in the shadow of larger empires; power centres shifted subtly, control changed hands back and forth between rivals, and territories expanded and contracted; religion was a big deal or not a big deal, depending on the era. Like a river, you haven’t ever been able to enter the same India twice. And yet, from its myriad upheavals, a vibrant, diverse and thoroughly modern nation has emerged, as enduring as it is dynamic and increasingly geared to meet
the multifarious challenges of the future.