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Sadhale N.,Ishavasya | Nene Y.L.,Asian Agri History Foundation
Asian Agri-History | Year: 2010

The encyclopedic work of the Chaulukya King Someshvardeva 12th century AD) has 31 couplets on "dog as a source of recreation". We have prepared this analytical article after translating the couplets in English. Though dog was never a pet animal with common folks, in ancient and medieval India its usefulness was well-appreciated.


Nene Y.L.,Asian Agri History Foundation
Asian Agri-History | Year: 2012

Chronology of historical events of India has been poorly documented. Most dates of significant events are based on interpretations of contents in Sanskrit Samhitas and Pur anas, archaeological evidences, and accounts written by foreigners. Chronology of Indian History was first written by European scholars, whose objectivity was always doubtful. Because India was a British colony for about 250 years and was instrumental in introducing the European system of education, no Indian could seriously question the anomalies that existed in those chronologies. Therefore generations of Indians were taught a subjective chronology. Only after India became independent in 1947, scholars of India began reinvestigation of the existing chronology and suggested changes in dates of many events. For example, the date of Rigveda was fixed by Max Müller as 1500 BC. However, scholars such as Kalyanaraman, BB Lai, David Frawley, Subhash Kak, Georg Feuerstein, and others have indicated the date of Rigveda compilation as >6000 BC. Based on an in-depth study of Vedic literature, the Asian Agri-History Foundation (AAHF) conjectured the date of Rigveda as c. 8000 BC. As far as the chronology of events of Indian agriculture, there were only sporadic references. However, Western scholars had unearthed a lot of information on the agricultural history of West Asia, China, etc. The work carried out by AAHF has given substantial additional information on the history of Indian agriculture. The aim of the paper is to present a narration of significant events in agri-history of the world including that of India.


Nene Y.L.,Asian Agri History Foundation
Asian Agri-History | Year: 2012

Knowledge of plant protection generated by our ancient and medieval scholars has become available during the last two decades. A good deal ofthat knowledge, the author believes, is applicable to the crop production in modern India, especially at the small farmers level. It is necessary, however, to validate effectivity of several ancient practices. This paper attempts to suggest the potential of some of those old practices in managing plant diseases. It is hoped that plant pathology researchers will take interest and conduct experiments to check validity of the suggested practices.


Nene Y.L.,Asian Agri History Foundation
Asian Agri-History | Year: 2014

The practice of exposing plants, bushes, and trees to smoke (fumigation) in combination with other practices has been mentioned frequently in different treatises of Vrikshayurveda. Ingredients of smoke, produced by burning materials obtained from plants and animals, are organic chemicals that could be growth promoters and/or antimicrobials. This paper quotes 53 verses from different treatises of Vrikshayurveda in which smoking of plants is recommended. Analysis, based on published literature, reveals several different kinds of antimicrobials and some growth promoters such as karrikins. The significance and relevance of this information to present-day agriculture is elaborated and discussed. The author believes that there is scope to validate these past practices, and if found suitable, recommend them for adoption by farmers.


Nene Y.L.,Asian Agri History Foundation
Asian Agri-History | Year: 2012

Current scenario, about two decades after the positive effects of "Green Revolution "plateaued, is very pathetic. The morale of farmers and agricultural scientists, administrators, planners, and policy makers is abysmally low. Major breakthroughs for increasing farm productivity to provide food to the increasing population have not occurred in the last two decades. Farmers are exploited by all other sections of the society. How do we change the current scenario? I believe it is time to study our agricultural heritage and relearn old lessons to the extent possible. The respect for environmental resources and spirituality that are embedded in our ancient and medieval literature needs to be seriously studied and readopted through mass communications in order to remold our society to lift the morale of people, especially the agriculturists.

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