Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From, A book on History By Tony Joseph is a must Read.
Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From, A book on History By Tony Joseph is a must Read. The book is published by Juggernaut books and had its release on 20th December 2018.
About The Book:
Who are we Indians? Where did we come from?
Many of us believe our ancestors have lived in South Asia since ‘time immemorial’. But, as it turns out, ‘time immemorial’ may not have been all that long ago.
To tell us the story of our ancestry, journalist Tony Joseph goes 65,000 years into the past – when a band of modern humans, or Homo sapiens, first made their way from Africa into the Indian subcontinent. As Joseph unravels our history using the results of genetics and other research, he takes head-on some of the most controversial and uncomfortable questions of Indian history: Who were the Harappans? Did the ‘Aryans’ really migrate to India? Are North Indians genetically different from South Indians? Are Scheduled Tribes genetically distinct from the rest of the population?
This book relies heavily on path-breaking DNA research of recent years. But it also presents archaeological and linguistic evidence – all in an entertaining and highly readable manner. A hugely significant book, Early Indians authoritatively and bravely puts to rest several ugly debates on the ancestry of modern Indians. It not only shows us how the modern Indian population came to be composed as it is but also reveals an undeniable and important truth about who we are: we are all migrants. And we are all mixed.
‘Joseph deftly and brilliantly summarizes new findings of genetics that definitively solve old problems in South Asian history, and shows we are all migrants and, ultimately, kin. A timely, fascinating and courageous book.’ Sheldon Pollock
‘A remarkably accessible overview of the early stages of ancient Indian history.’ Michael Witzel
‘An amazing book, written in an engaging style . . . It grabs your interest from the first sentence.’ Bibek Debroy
‘Intellectual omnivore Tony Joseph offers an enjoyable meander through a minefield of how our ancestors got here.’ Pranay Lal
‘[A] very readable account . . . should be of interest to anyone curious about the waves of migration and intermixing that resulted in the rich tapestry that makes up the people of today’s India.’ Venki Ramakrishnan
‘At a time when the issue of the peopling of the planet by anatomically modern humans is becoming hotter and hotter, Tony Joseph has admirably cooled it down. He goes deep into recent developments in ancient DNA studies on human remains and delves into the issue of the “Aryan Migration”. This is a vexing issue and not so easy to conclude. However, Joseph has marshaled multidisciplinary data from archaeology, linguistics, genetics, and literature to support his stand on the issue. This is perhaps the most scientific way of presenting the Aryan debate. Lucidity is the hallmark of this book.’ Ravi Korisettar
‘Masterful and unbiased reconstruction of human presence in India using evidence from archaeology, ancient and modern history, linguistics, geography, and genetics, with a tilt on genetic evidence.’ Partha P. Majumder
‘If you really want to know who we are, and how we got here, this is the book for you. A thrilling account of our extraordinary past – I couldn’t put it down.’ Gurcharan Das
About the Author:
Tony Joseph, a former editor of Businessworld, has been a columnist and contributor to leading newspapers and magazines.
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