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Myth-History Interface in India : An Analysis by Naipaul


Saumya Verma


The historical sense, the sense of the timeless and the transient throws clear light not only on the past but illuminates the path to the mysterious futurealso. An adequate knowledge of history is the key to the proper understanding of the present and command on the future. Collective historical consciousness is the first requirement for an objective understanding the past for a nation.
I have sought to make a brief study, in this paper, of the presence or absence of historical sense in Indians, as pointed out by V. S. Naipaul and Nirad C. Chaudhuri, against the background of certain other civilizations having it in different degrees.
I have selected for this study V. S. Naipaul’s Indian Travelogues in order to analyze his understanding of India’s past and the tradition of historiography in this country . I shall try to analyze his views about the historical consciousness in Indians in this paper.


Historical Sense, Ancient, Greece, Rome, China, Medieval Muslim Schools of History, Hindu, India, Defeat, Kumbh Mela, Myths, Ritualistic Society


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Myth-History Interface in India : An Analysis by Naipaul. Saumya Verma. 2023. IJIRCT, Volume 9, Issue 4. Pages 1-4.

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