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BOOK REVIEW-

“New Interpretations on Indus Civilization”

By Avinash Mishra, IRS.

Sh. R Jeyakumar, IRS, Additional Commissioner of Income Tax, Chennai, is a batch


mate of mine and a great friend for the last 20 years. Although he has formal education of
Agricultural Sciences, he has keenly studied History. For over 5 years he has been studying Indus
Script and the Civilization and has come out with startling findings which are contrary to what is
taught in India to students. According to the claims in the book duly supported by evidence, the
so called metropolitan civilization of Indus Valley is wrong interpretation. This metropolis is
actually burial ground. This will not be tolerated by our Historians. Ever since he found out this
fact, he has been discussing this with me. His findings have been published as a book named
“New Interpretations on Indus Civilization”. I have gone through the book and requested
Jeyakumar for the e-launch of the book. The book review is as under.

The Author has come out with an outstanding claim that he had deciphered the
Indus script. So far so many persons had made such a claim and none of the decipherment has
been accepted by the community of Historians. Noted Historian Gregory Possehl, Author of the
book “The Indus Civilization – A contemporary Perspective” concludes that no satisfactory
explanation has been given so far. Even famous Indologist Asko Parpola also had come out with a
statement that "totally different approach" should be applied to find a breakthrough in this field
of deciphering Indus Script. Asko Parpola is the Finnish History professor and had devoted his
entire life to the study Indus script and decipherment of Indus script.

Now, a totally new person, a total outsider to the field of archaeology and
epigraphy claims that he had deciphered the Indus script. It is very important that we should
understand the achievements of Indus people to develop a proper perspective of our present day
cultural values of our Hindu religion and Indian Nation. Proper national perspective should be
developed on the Indus people so that we can claim an important lineage among the civilized
people of the world. Decipherment of Indus script will give a breakthrough in determining the
race of Indus people, whether they were Aryans or Dravidians.

The Author of the book takes a neutral view on the question of ethnicity of Indus
people. He states that they were neither Aryan nor Dravidian, but they were people from Middle
East origin, and most probably Middle Eastern stock (present day Iraq). However, he slightly
leans towards the ideology that it is some kind of Brahmani script. Even though the Author hails
from Tamil Nadu, where people are generally staunch supporters of Dravidian origin theory of
Indus people, he takes a different view that there is a possibility that Indus people could have
spoken some kind of Indo-Aryan language even before the arrival of central Asian nomads.

Another controversial issue raised in the book is that the author claims that Indus
sites are Necropolis not Metropolis. He claims that just like Egyptians had elaborate pyramids
for their dead, Indus people also followed similar burial practices in which the dead bodies were
mummified and kept in a burial chambers and the chambers were sealed. These burial chambers
were provided with an ante-chambers for carrying out ritual sacrifices. Generally bulls were
sacrificed and blood of the bull was collected in a ritual vessel and offered as food to the departed
souls. The burial chamber along with ante-chamber gives a feeling that once it was used as a
dwelling house. Thousands of such burial houses were built over centuries gives a feeling that
Indus sites were some kind of metropolitan cities.
In continuation of the claim of "grave yard theory" the Author claims that the
inscription on the seal denotes “Shrartha Date”. The new theory proposed in this book is that the
symbols represent the “star constellations” and in turn the star constellations represent days of
the moon calendar month. The final conclusion is that the inscriptions on the seal show the
month and day of a death of a person (Thithi) so that the annual death memorial ceremony
(shrartha) could be carried out on the correct month and date.

The biggest achievement of the Author is that for the first time in Indian History
he is showing parallel evidence between Indus script and existing Hindu text. That makes the
claim of the Author fascinating, interesting and reliable. He claims that the pictograms shown in
the seals are coinciding with the symbols presented in Jyotisha Vedanga. The Author analyzes
that there were two sets of symbols used in Indus valley. One set of symbol is based on Kalan
body parts and other set was based on various kinds of logos depending on the shape of
constellations. Out of these two sets of symbols, the Kalan symbols seems to be older and were
most likely used by moon-priests of IVC. The other way of interpreting it will be that the
Dravidians might have used these Kalan symbols.

The second set of symbols was based on variegated symbols and was used by later
day sun-priests (Aryans). The exact period, on which the change occurred could not be
determined, most probably the Sumerian farmers who entered India after the Dravidians might
have used these variegated symbols. Proper separating out of seals based on age of seal will help
in determining the exact time period of this change. This problem is a compounded one because
various groups of people have used this necropolis as their burial ground for many centuries.
But so far archaeologists have worked on the assumption that it was the work of single group of
people. The artefacts available for Indus excavation sites should be re-evaluated to arrive at
proper conclusion.

The book is available for free download in the below given website and blogsite
of the Author:

http://sites.google.com/site/induscivilizationsite/

http://jeyakumar1962.blogspot.com/

This book on Indus Civilization has been published in the month of October
2009 and the title of the book is--

*“New Interpretations on Indus Civilization”*

*This book is available in the following addresses:*

Allright Publishers,
302/9, Central Revenue Quarters,
15th main road, Anna Nagar,
Chennai, India.
600 040

R.Jeya kumar,
Flat.no.12, Building no.B/6,
SAF games village, Koyambedu,
Chennai, India.
600 109

Price: Rs.500/ in India,


10 British pounds (or) 20 US Dollars in other countries,
(Price inclusive of postage)
e-mail address:
jeyakumar1962@gmail.com

--
Avinash Mishra
Director (UIP)
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Room No. 406-D
Nirman Bhawan
New Delhi
Phone-91-11-23063968