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And then we see how this information coming from their genome is in concordance or vice-versa with the mythological information,’ he explains in an interview over email.The Ramayana project is ongoing, and the plan for the next phase is to collect DNA samples from communities that claim direct lineage from Rama and then look for a consensus result—if any—that traces his male descent via the Y chromosomal haplogroup.According to a recent news report, the ICHR will soon be taking up research projects on new approaches to writing ancient Indian history based on Sanskrit texts, and revisiting the theme of Aryan immigration into India.It is clear that the epic dating enterprise will be getting a fillip in times to come.Contemporary dialogue on India’s ancient past often resembles the battlefield of Kurukshetra, cleaved into two factions, the Left and the Right, mythology versus history, truth versus bunkum.Beyond the political battleground, if you take a popular vote on this subject, it will show up the duality that the Indian mind is so at ease with: most believe that the truth of our past lies somewhere in between received history and mythology.

Deeper study of the original texts would help.’ The problem of dating the Ramayana and Mahabharata is a difficult one, as the texts are syncretic and accretive.Chaubey also speaks of how his growing up years in Varanasi gave him a firm grounding in mythological texts and sources, which he now applies to research.He is extending the same analysis to the Mahabharata.We are far from any unanimous agreement, except for concurring that the Vedas predate the Ramayana, which came before the Mahabharata.There are people, however, who are committed to delving deeper for answers by applying imaginative cross-disciplinary ways of thinking and analysis to the epics.

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