VK Agnihotri’s book Indian History and Culture explores all the important facets of India’s history and culture, from prehistoric times to the present. The book is broken up into six sections, each of which has multiple chapters covering various aspects of Indian history and culture. The goal of the book is to present a thorough and impartial analysis of India’s rich and varied history, as well as its struggles and triumphs in the contemporary era. Below is a synopsis of each section of the book

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  • Section I: Historical India Prehistoric times, Indus Valley Civilization, Vedic era, advent of Jainism and Buddhism, Mauryan Empire, post-Mauryan period, Gupta Empire, Harshavardhana era, and south Indian kingdoms are all covered in this section. The social, political, economic, religious, and cultural facets of ancient India are also covered.
  • Section Two: Ancient India The early medieval age, the Vijayanagara Empire, the Mughal Empire, the Maratha Confederacy, the Delhi Sultanate, and the regional kingdoms are all covered in this section. The influence of Islam on Indian society and culture, the Bhakti and Sufi movements, and the evolution of literature, music, art, and architecture in medieval India are also covered.
  • Section III: Contemporary India The arrival of European powers in India, British colonial rule, the Indian freedom movement, the division of India and Pakistan, and the union of princely states are all covered in this section. It also covers how different leaders, groups, associations, and philosophies shaped contemporary India.
  • Section IV: Present-Day India The post-independence era, the Indian Constitution and politics, economic planning and development, social problems and difficulties, foreign policy and relations, and India’s place in world affairs are all covered in this section. It also covers the issues and accomplishments facing modern-day India.
  • Section V: Indian Customs & Traditions The key aspects of Indian culture and legacy—such as its diversity, unity, continuity, and dynamism—are covered in this section. Aspects of Indian philosophy, religion, ethics, art, literature, music, dance, drama, cinema, festivals, customs, traditions, languages, scripts, educational systems, and other related topics are also covered.
  • Section VI: Indian Civil Code and Etiquette The fundamental elements of the Indian Constitution and political system are covered in this section. The text delves into a multitude of subjects pertaining to the Indian Constitution and political system, including but not limited to basic rights and obligations, policy directives, the union executive, parliament, judiciary, state legislature, executive branch, local self-government, constitutional bodies, electoral processes, federalism, emergency provisions, and more.


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