CONTENTS:- 1. Introduction. 2. Geography. 3. Pre-historic people of our sub-continent. 4. Harappan civilization. 5. Ganga Valley Civilization. 6. The beginning of the historic period. 7. Advent of Christian era. 8. Arrival of Islam in India. 9. The British Rule. 10. The academic literacy, scientific, architectural and other achievements of ancient and medieval India. 11. Some legacies of our chequered past.
The Indian sub-continent is unique in the sense that it was earlier a part of Gondawana Land in Southern hemisphere in the remote past when east coast of Africa and West Coast of Peninsular India were in very close proximity to each other. It is presumed that early humans who originated in Africa, migrated to west coast of peninsular India in those early days. Gondwanaland disintegrated in later years and Indian Sub-continent moved northwards to merge with Asia in the Northern hemisphere. The early inhabitants of peninsular India in due course of time moved to all parts of the sub-continent and some of them reached the Sindhu River Valley to build the great Harappan civilization there. Other immigrants came to the subcontinent at different points of time through the land routes of North West, to give a continuous presence of people in this land to the present days. Thus this subcontinent is privileged to be the oldest surviving civilization of the mankind. This book is a very informative book on India history for general reading.