Rabindranath Tagore is one of India's most famous writers and philosophers. In this short narrative he
illuminates the fascinating ancient history of India. But this is no ordinary historical sequence for the convoluted beginnings of Hinduism in India are a complex and difficult subject to explore.
How have the early ideas of Brahmanism, the creeds of Vishnu and the birth of Rudra or Shiva worship originated and inter-reacted in the development of the Hindu religion?
The earliest records from the Rigveda and the ancient Upanishads of India suggest that there was a fusion of the culture and religious ideas of the Dravidians, of the central and south, who were probably the original aboriginal people of India over centuries with that of the Aryan people who migrated to the
sub-continent perhaps 4000 years ago bringing their own faiths with them. Considerably later, how have the verses of the Bhagavada-Gita in particular, influenced Hindu development further?
A Vision of India's History is an enlightening study, one to wet the appetite of any reader seeking information about Hinduism in India.
One of India's most cherished figures, Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1914) was a novelist, short-story writer, poet, essayist, painter, educationist and thinker, the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913. He modernised Bengali literature, moving it away from its rigid classical form and strict linguistic structure. Known for works such as Gitanjali (Song Offerings), Gora (Fair-Faced) and Ghare-Baire (The Home and the World,) his novels, short stories and verse are considered part of the greatest of world literature, famous for their exploration of the political and the personal.