Relevance of Ancient Indian Wisdom in Modern Context

Relevance of Ancient Indian Wisdom in Modern Context
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Relevance of Ancient Indian Wisdom in Modern Context

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Preface Nane1 2000 While delivering the opening leacter to Ancient and Medieval History of Indian Agriculture and its relevance to Sustainable Agriculture in 21st Century , elaborately presented the world History of Agriculture with emphasis on Indian sub- Continent in a period wise fashion. It traces the situation from 1200-9500 years ago to 1000-700 years. Mehra2 2000 based on Archaeological sites of the Neolithic settlements of Chopani Mando, Koldihwa and Mahagara in the Bellan valley, presented a sequence of transition from the stage of food gathering and hunting in the Epipaleolithic age through food production to the domestication of plants and animals. Vedas 3700 B.C. are treated as the base for tracing the Indian History of Agriculture besides Archeological indices . Deliberating on the contents of Rigveda oldest among the 4 Vedas , Nene Sadhale3 presented an analysis of ruches mantras relating to Sun, Rain, Trees, Birds, Animals. As we move further in the Vedic literature, the contribution becomes clearer. There is no dearth of literature describing ancient agricultural wisdom in a scattered manner in varying time frame. Hence, an attempt has been made to categories that knowledge in a framework of modern understanding. Therefore, the scholars hesitate to accept the richness of this wisdom. How to bring all that material in a systematic pattern, to which, we are accustomed is a challenge. It demands lot of time and effort. Hence, it is not our attempt to claim that all what is available in the country has been scanned thoroughly. But, this is a significant attempt to draw from the store house of ancient knowledge, use full content, having utility in our time. It is a historical presentation of ancient agricultural wisdom covering 3 aspects namely-Cow, Crop and Rain Forecast. Therefore, the 3 papers covering three topics, can not be claimed to cover the entire ground which is vast. However, this certainly is supportive of the hypothesis that Ancient Wisdom has relevance even today. The strength to the argument gets support when we go through the 4 articles of Deshpandey on Rishi Krishi, Koch on Homa Therapy with field observations of Peru , Datir on Agnihotra treated crops
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and Ayangare on Kunapa Jal. All the 4 writings vividly demonstrate the efficacy of Ancient Ideas. Therefore, a case is made to examine minutely the existing ancient knowledge base. Furthermore, in the presentations of first two papers of Tiwari and Singh, we find an attempt to present the ancient wisdom in the modern frame work, which is expected to be more palatable to the westernized modern agricultural scientists. So is the paper of Mishra on Almanacs. The ancient agricultural practices are listed out in a chronological way. The information has been gathered using both archaeological and literary evidences. It has been categorized in the sub-heads