Bharatvarsh: A History of India in 25 lessons

Last Update September 30, 2023
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About This Course

The imperialist version of Indian history, according to which the “meek Hindu” had always been preoccupied with pure speculations and seldom stood up in defence of his country and culture, has been predominant. The same narrative has not only continued after independence but has become more entrenched in our history textbooks. From the invention of decimal numbers to the practice of Yoga, various knowledge systems have sprung from India. Yet, history books present a sordid story of how India was shaped and reshaped after many waves of foreign invasions. In a fresh departure from this trend, we offer a course on India’s true history, free from the Colonial and Marxist biases that characterize most academic narratives. In this course, we will teach history from an Indic perspective; we will see how we consider history in our tradition so that we can witness the living ceremony and sense of historical consciousness deeply rooted in our people. This course on Indian history will highlight cultural continuities that have endured the test of time. This course will not only narrate the stories of elemental kingdoms and their role in shaping our past but also focus on socio-economic changes and India’s historical position in the world.

Important note: This was a live course where the students attended the classes regularly conducted by the instructor from 03rd June 2022. Now, we have recorded videos of the whole session available here. If you want to go through the videos, you have to get enrolled in the course first. Next, you need to click on the “Take the Course”/”Continue Course option” from this page and then visit the “Recorded Video” section. Then, you can access the videos any time as per your convenience like the other self-paced courses available on our website.

What You’ll Learn

  • Important dates, kings and empires, as also the life and culture of the Indian people.
  • About the unsung warriors of Indian history who fought valiantly in defence of their motherland.
  • India’s rich cultural heritage in philosophy, art, architecture, literature, martial arts, science, environmental awareness and so on.
  • The four limbs of Indian culture Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha and their incorporation into day-to-day life.
  • The Indian concept of Rashtra, administrative system, village economy, and foreign policies.
  • The histories of various Hindu empires such as The Vijayanagara Empire and The Maratha Empire that flourished in the medieval period.
  • India’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage, which has remained intact despite various foreign invasions.
  • India’s unique economic position and cultural diversity.

What You’ll Get

  • Live and interactive lectures with Instructor(s) twice a week.
  • Special guest interactions (Prof. Meenakshi Jain, Prof. Saumya Dey, Prof. V.N. Prabhakar, Tanmay Kelkar and Sai Priya) with external experts to get comprehensive perspective.
  • Reference materials like articles, online discussions and links to books and videos.
  • Quizzes which will make you learn faster and more thoroughly.
  • Indus University Certificate to certify that you have gone through and passed this course.
  • An opportunity to work on various Indian Knowledge System (sponsored by Ministry of Education) projects to meritorious students.

Material Includes

  • Course Information

  • Lecture: 90 minutes each
  • Level: Introductory
  • Medium: Bilingual (English/Hindi)
  • Delivery: Online through CIS Course Platform


162 Lessons

Recorded Classes

Lecture 1: Why History Matters: The Key Question?
Lecture 2: Exploring the history of Mankind: Geology, Prehistory and Primatology
Lecture 3: Neolithic Period: Climate and Emergence of Early Food Producing Society
Lecture 4: Harappan Civilization and Debunking the Aryan Invasion Theory
Lecture 5: Aftermath Harappans and Establishment of Historical Period in India
Lecture 6: Geo Political History of Ancient India
Lecture 7: Special Lecture- An Overview of Archaeological Application in Indian Archaeology
Lecture 8: Heroic Hindu Resistance
Lecture 9: The Great Maratha Empire by Tanmay Kelkar
Lecture 10: The Great Maratha Empire continued
Lecture 11: Maharanas of Rajputana
Lecture 12: The Vijaynagara Empire
Lecture 13: The grandeur and Pan-Indianness of the Chola Empire
Lecture 14: Islamic slavery in Medieval India
Lecture 15: The Medieval Encouters in Bengal
Lecture 16: The Eighteenth Century in India (Overview of how India looked like just before British Colonial Era)
Lecture 17: Veer Savarkar and Gandhiji: Convergence and Divergence by Aravindan Neelakandan
Lecture 18: The Genesis of Nationalist Struggle (1885-1910)
Lecture 19: India’s Struggle for Freedom in the Backdrop of World War I
Lecture 20: The Indian Political Situation between 1920-1935
Lecture 21: Freedom Struggle in the North East
Lecture 22: AGNIYUG – History of Revolutionary Nationalism in Bengal
Lecture 23: Final Battle for Freedom- Netaji, INA & Revolt of 1946
Lecture 24: Student-Testimonials

1. History Matters: The Key Question?

2. Exploring the history of Mankind: Geology, Prehistory and Primatology

3. Neolithic Period: Climate and Emergence of Early Food Producing Society

4. Fortified Life: Further Complexity

5. Harappan Civilization: Variability is Key

6. Old Wine in New Bottle: Aryan Invasion Theory

7. Literature and Archaeology: Early Historical Period

8. Geo-Political History of Northern and Southern Part of India

9. Intangible Heritage of Ancient India

10. An Introduction to Medieval India

11. Islamic Invasions and Hindu Resistance

12. The Kingdom of Vijayanagar

13. Maratha Empire: What, How, When, Why?

14. Maratha Empire: Echoes across the Indian life

15. Islamic Iconoclasm and Hindu Perseverance

16. Cultural Encounters in Medieval Bengal

17. Establishment of British Rule in India and Early Reactions and Resistance

18. The Revolt of 1857 – Outbreak, Impact & Aftermath

19. Birth of Indian Nationalism

20. Era of Nationalism

21. Rise of Revolutionary Activities

22. Indian Political Situation – Non Cooperation Movement & Civil Disobedience Movement

23. The Revival of Revolutionary Movement

24. Indian Politics (1934-1939) and World War 2

25. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army

26. Attainment of Freedom

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Material Includes

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  • Lecture: 90 minutes each
  • Level: Introductory
  • Medium: Bilingual (English/Hindi)
  • Delivery: Online through CIS Course Platform
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