Book Feature : Swift Horses Sharp Swords: Medieval battles which shook India

Swift Horses Sharp Swords

ISBN: 979-8692251879
Author: Amit Agarwal
Publisher: Independently published (September 30, 2020)

About the book:

The book covers the history of early Indian medieval period from the 7th century till the 13th century in great detail and analyses the social, economic, religious, technological and geographical factors of that era and their interplay. The book has 3 distinct parts.

First is about ancient India and its glory. The second part gives a detailed narration about the medieval battles with Mahmud Ghaznawi and Mohammed Ghori.  The third part is the analysis in which many mathematical models have been used to explain the different happenings. 

The book is an unprejudiced insider view of one of the bloodiest conquests of the world. While many Indian history books are written to suit the agenda of invaders, this is an honest attempt to present history as it actually happened, bereft of any bias or animosity.

The book presents a comprehensive integration of history with engineering, mathematical and management fundamentals. It relates the historical events with contemporary knowledge of game theory, chaos, scatter/randomness, network theory etc. and their correlation and causation is a key takeaway for this unique version of history.

The inverse relationship between ethnic diversity and economic and social progress is clearly established. Further, how polytheistic societies recognizes other gods without any malaise and why concept of Karma is built in every such society is thoroughly explored.

Till 700 CE in ancient India , its citizens were basking through the golden period making stupendous progress in science, astronomy, Literature and architecture with the whole world looking up to India . It was a cradle of the human race. Then mayhem began. First by Arabs and then Turks invaded. After that Afghans came.

Then some others. There was virtually a stampede to have their pie of India. The attacks that changed the trajectory of a country. India got reduced to a vassal state in no time and became a source for never ending supply of slaves and wealth, reducing the Hindu population by 80 million at one count within a few centuries.

What had gone wrong in these five or six centuries? What mistakes Indians have committed to deserve this inhuman degradation? Was anything wrong in their religious and cultural viewpoint that made Hindus lose repeatedly? Why could they not think of making something like the Great Wall of China to keep the invasions at bay despite having all the money and skills? Why military innovation bypassed India?

This is also the story of the brave Hindu warriors who resisted them heroically. Because of them, India is the only ancient civilization to have its culture and religion intact.Raja Dahir. Lalitaditya. Pulakeshin. Nayaki Devi. Jaipal. Suhel Dev. Prithvi Raj. And the list goes on.

Further, many other evocative questions like how India was able to retain its ancient civilization whereas all other notable civilizations like Egyptian, Persian, Mayan and Greek had crumbled under the weight of the Abrahamic religions has been examined threadbare. It also tries to correct the perception that India was a land of the losers which everyone invaded, looted and plundered without any resistance.

Only because of its stiff struggle, India was able to retain its ancient core roots. The book is littered throughout with the interesting historical anecdotes. To know more about these incidents and catastrophic consequences of the brutal invasion and its reasons thereof, please do read and don’t forget to share your critical feedback.

About The Author:

Amit Agarwal is an engineer from University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee), India. Currently working in a prestigious Oil company, he took his time out for the subject he is passionate about.

Never one to rest on his laurels, he has already commenced his second book, which is a compilation of unknown historical tales since ancient times

He is an avid marathoner and mountaineer too.

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