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Michel Danino

Michel Danino

Michel Danino is a French-born Indian scholar of ancient Indian civilization, history and culture. He authored The Lost River: On the Trail of the Sarasvati (Penguin Books, 2010) and Indian Culture and India’s Future (DK Printworld, 2011). He recently edited Sri Aurobindo and India’s Rebirth (Rupa, 2018). He has taught aspects of Indian civilization in several educational institutions; his lecture series at IIT Kanpur recorded over 200,000 views. Since 2011 he has been associated with IIT Gandhinagar, where he is visiting professor and coordinates the Archaeological Sciences Centre.

Auroville: The Dream and the Nightmare
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Auroville: The Dream and the Nightmare

Michel Danino- May 2, 2019

For Auroville to be fulfilled, it needs no power-hungry schemers, fraudsters and calumniators, no self-appointed spiritual teachers, but the simple spark and aspiration for change ... Read More

The Metrology behind Harappan Town-Planning – II
Archives, Indology

The Metrology behind Harappan Town-Planning – II

Michel Danino- June 1, 2018

How were Dholavira’s town planners able to impose such a set of precise ratios and dimensions on the ground? Read the final part of 2-part ... Read More

The Metrology behind Harappan Town-Planning – I
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The Metrology behind Harappan Town-Planning – I

Michel Danino- May 28, 2018

How were Dholavira’s town planners able to impose such a set of precise ratios and dimensions on the ground? Read this part 1 of 2-part ... Read More

Nature in Indian and Western Traditions
Archives, Indology

Nature in Indian and Western Traditions

Michel Danino- February 10, 2017

So if to Westerners nature is a ‘discovery’, we Indians only need to rediscover and revive the old spirit and infuse it into modern methods, ... Read More

For the Love of Nature
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For the Love of Nature

Michel Danino- November 4, 2016

A strongly marked aspect of that culture, and one that offers a rich field of investigation, is India’s ancient love story with nature. Read More

Women In Indian history: A Few Vignettes From Epigraphy
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Women In Indian history: A Few Vignettes From Epigraphy

Michel Danino- October 15, 2016

Presented here are a few examples of epigraphy which tell us on the status of women in ancient and medieval India. Read More

The Abrahamic God
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The Abrahamic God

Michel Danino- December 17, 2015

An excerpt from Michel Danino's book "Indian Culture and India's Future". Our first task therefore is to examine the Abrahamic concept of God at the ... Read More