CONTENTS:- 1. Ancient Hindu philosophical culture. 2. God, the designer of marriage and family in ancient India. 3. Marriage in Hinduism in ancient period. 4. Variations in Hindu family structure in ancient period. 5. The caste system in ancient times. 6. The ancient Indus Valley Civilization. 7. Rigvedic education. 8. Hindu Varna system. 9. Caste and stages of life in Hinduism. 10. Buddhist philosophy.
The rest of India during this period was inhabited by neolithic and chalcolithic farmers and mesolithic hunter gathers. With the introduction of iron technology about 3000 years ago the focus of development shifted eastward into the Indo-Gangetic divide and the Ganga Valley. The location of the Mahabharata epic which is set in the beginning of the first millennium B.C. is the Indo Gangetic divide and the upper Ganga Yamuna doab land between two rivers. Iron technology enabled pioneering farmers to clear the dense and tangled forests of the middle and lower Ganga plains. The focus of development now shifted further eastward to eastern Uttar Pradesh and Western Bihar which witnessed the events of the Ramayana epic and rise of the first political entities known as Mahajanapadas as also of Buddhism and Jainism. An attempt to study various phases of ancient Indian history and culture in a new light and present fresh approaches to understanding and interpreting historical information and evidences. The book is a must for the bookshelves of students and lovers of Indian history and culture.