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Echoes Among Ruins: Revisiting the Brahmin Dynasty of Ancient Sind Vinay Mehta

Echoes Among Ruins: Revisiting the Brahmin Dynasty of Ancient Sind

Vinay Mehta

Published August 1st 2012
ISBN : 9781478207108
Paperback
220 pages
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Echoes Among Ruins takes its readers back by 14 centuries to a time when the Arab Caliphate, propelled by the zeal of a nascent Islamic faith and unfulfilled trade interests, was rapidly expanding its domain in all directions. However, pushing itsMoreEchoes Among Ruins takes its readers back by 14 centuries to a time when the Arab Caliphate, propelled by the zeal of a nascent Islamic faith and unfulfilled trade interests, was rapidly expanding its domain in all directions. However, pushing its frontiers past the mighty kingdom of Sind in the Indian subcontinents west had not proven easy. The attempts did eventually succeed, but not before the Indians had their mettle grudgingly acknowledged even in the heavily-biased chronicles of their conquerors. The endurance displayed by a lone state holding out against a mighty empire was worthy of a somewhat bigger mention on the pages of history, but political compulsions have tended to keep under wraps, in both India and Pakistan, a more balanced story of Sinds last non-Muslim Kings.As the story unfolds, Echoes Among Ruins helps us rediscover these rulers. Their aggressive displays of proto-Indian nationalism had reversed earlier Persian conquests at the western fringes of the subcontinent like never before, extending the frontiers of India further west than any others before or after them. It also brings out how these rather unconventional Brahmins had stood up to subsequent Arab invaders, before finally succumbing to the barrage of their onslaughts.Besides investigating the Brahmin dynastys saga from an oft-disregarded perspective, Echoes Among Ruins also tries to retrace what became of its descendants over the centuries, including their gradual branching into diverse ethnic groups. We also discover how, far from being silenced by the Arab conquest, they kept resurfacing over the ages to sporadically leave their mark on the pages of history.[For excerpts and more, please visit http: //www.echoesamongruins.com ]