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Indo-Saka / Indo-Scythian Kingdoms. India's name comes from the Indus River. The  ancient mythological emperor, Bharata, in the Indian epic Mahabharata. In writings called  Puranas (religious/historical texts 5th century CE) The land was, therefore, known as Bharatavarsha (`the sub-continent of Bharata’). Homonid activity in the Indian sub-continent stretches back over 250,000 years and it is, therefore, one of the oldest inhabited regions on the planet.

Map of the Indo-Saka Kingdoms

The Demise of the Indo-Scythians. After the death of Azes II (circa 12 BC), the…

The Mughals were the successors of the Timurids and their armies reflected their Mongol inheritance.  The Mughals were the most successful Muslim conquerors of India reaching its apex under Aurangzeb Almagir (1658-1707), The last Mughal emperor was deposed by the British for his complicity in the Indian Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. Siraj ud-Daulah was the last independent Nawab of Bengal, Bihar, and Orissa.

The Mughals were the successors of the Timurids and their armies reflected their Mongol inheritance. The Mughals were the most successful Muslim conquerors of India reaching its apex under Aurangzeb Almagir (1658-1707), The last Mughal emperor was deposed by the British for his complicity in the Indian Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. Siraj ud-Daulah was the last independent Nawab of Bengal, Bihar, and Orissa.

The Hephthalite Empire (white huns)   (in the first half of the 6th century), - the territories of present-day Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, India and China. Its stronghold  was Tokharistan in the Hindu Kush mountains, present-day northeastern Afghanistan. By 479, the Hephthalites had conquered Sogdiana and driven the Kidarites westwards, and by 493 they had captured areas of present-day northwestern China (Dzungaria and the Tarim…

The Hephthalite Empire (white huns) (in the first half of the century)…

The Mauryan Emperors were succeeded in Magadha by the Sunga and Kanva rulers, while the Greeks, the Parthians, the Sakas and the Kushanas ruled the north-west frontier. In the trans-Vindhyan India a new power was rising under the Satavahanas.

India during the time of Mahābhārata-War.  Repository: Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650 USA -- Notes: Shows place names in India associated with the Mahābhārāta (an important source for a knowledge of Hinduism as it evolved during the period ca. 400 B.C. to 200 A.D.).   http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/h?ammem/gmd:@field(NUMBER+@band(g7651e+ct000605))

Mahabharat Story: Summary & Complete Book (PDF) in English & Hindi…

Religion has played a central role in Indian life and culture for at least four thousand years. Between 500 BC and AD 500 the major historic religions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism were developing to maturity. Most surviving works of art from that period were inspired by their teachings.

Ashmolean − Eastern Art Online, Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art

The map illustrates the situation in India during the XIX century, with the territories occupied by the British, the various acquisitions that took place, and the British campaigns of mid-century. By Laura Canali for Heartland. #map #india

British India’s golden age

The map illustrates the situation in India during the XIX century, with the territories occupied by the British, the various acquisitions that took place, and the British campaigns of mid-century. By Laura Canali for Heartland.

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