The Rigveda: A Historical Analysis

The Rigveda: A Historical Analysis

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The Rigveda: A Historical Analysis is a book by Shrikant G. Talageri (b. 1958). It was published by Aditya Prakashan, New Delhi (India) in 2000.

The book gives Talageri's examination and interpretation of the Rig Veda. In the eighth chapter Talageri discusses the interpretations of the Rig Veda by scholars and philosophers like Ralph T.H. Griffith, F.E. Pargiter, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Ambedkar, Vivekananda, Dayananda Sarasvati and Aurobindo. In the ninth chapter he gives a critique of Michael Witzel's interpretation of the structure and the history depicted by the Rig Veda . Witzel responded in a later review, purporting to point out the lack of information and the fallacies involved in Talageri's analysis. The debate, reviewed by Koenraad Elst in his book "Update on the Aryan Invasion Debate" (1999; ISBN 81-86471-77-4), points out that the review added little new to the discourse, with Witzel mostly rehashing his original scholarship. Talageri's arguments have since been largely unaddressed, and it is difficult to find a direct scholarly affirmation or contradiction of his polemic.

Talageri gives also his views on unsettled topics like the chronological order of the Mandalas. Differing from mainstream scholars, Talageri's order for the earliest seven Mandalas is as follows: 6, 3, 7, 4, 2, 5 and 8, or: Early period...
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