Historical India Podcast

Vivek Vasan

A chronological history of India and South Asia from the Stone Age to the modern times

34:51 | Feb 25th, 2017

In this episode, we take a look at the beginning of formal philosophy in the Northern kingdoms of India. There was a climate of questioning and social change which then pushed thinkers to examine the fundamental nature of their world and reality itse...Show More

33:54 | Dec 18th, 2016

In this episode, we take a closer look at how society operated and some of the changes that were taking place. The beginnings of dissent and protest and social revolution, new philosophies and get a crash course in ancient inheritance law. Please not...Show More
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38:04 | Aug 22nd, 2016

With kings fighting for glory and gold, what did the regular citizens get up to? We’ll take a look at what their lives were like,  how ideas of social class and order developed. How much of an influence  ritual and religion were and how many ways cou...Show More

47:15 | Jun 2nd, 2016

We’re at a time of change.  we’ll peel back the curtain on the different forces at work on ancient Indian society and see what it looked it before it changed. In this episode. we’ll look at the origin of kings and how the political establishment came...Show More

37:51 | Apr 20th, 2016

The Late Vedic Age;  sometime  between the 14th  and 7th centuries BC. Or thereabouts. A time when everyone wants to be king, and then has a hard time figuring how to hold on. There are many clans and families all vying for their space in the sun; th...Show More

37:09 | Apr 5th, 2016

We pick up at the Rajasuya and then watch things go down hill for Yudhishtra and the Pandavas.  After 13 years, things come to a head and it’s all out war. But in the end, it doesn’t feel like a win. Is the Mahabharata a commentary and appeal against...Show More

37:28 | Apr 1st, 2016

We look at the other great epic of India;  the Mahabharata. A big, rich and complex  work. The Mahabharata covers a range of subjects from politics, war, society, philosophy, justice, the status of women and everything in between.  But unlike the Ram...Show More

54:34 | Mar 2nd, 2016

Taking a breather from the heavier history, this time, we hear the first of the great epics of India; The Ramayana. A classical tale with kings, queens, demons and armies of warring monkeys it is ultimately the triumph of dharma over adharma or right...Show More

34:52 | Jan 26th, 2016

A broad survey of ancient Indian literary sources and what historians have learnt from studying the Rig Veda, one of the oldest literary works. After guessing  history from pottery remains and ruins of cities, literary sources were supposed to help. ...Show More

42:53 | Dec 29th, 2015

The Indus or Harappa Civilization, a very old and still mysterious civilization that reached a high degree of  urban sophistication and complexity but left very few clues to how it managed to do all that.  It’s divided historians and archaeologists a...Show More

20:09 | Dec 13th, 2015

A brief geographical and archaeological survey of the earliest settlements in the South Asian Stone Age and the first signs of civilization. There’s also a little fish, world-carrying elephants and a giant turtle! Website Twitter

08:05 | Dec 13th, 2015

Hello!  My name is Vivek Vasan and this is the introduction to Historical India Podcast. Here, I’ll tell you a little about myself and the plans for the Podcast series going forward.   Website Twitter