Vishnampet R. Ramachandra Dikshitar (April 16, 1896 – November 24,
1953) was a historian,
1 Early life 2 Academic career 3 Works 4 Death 5 Legacy 6 Historical methodology 7 See also 8 Notes 9 References
Ramachandra Dikshitar was born in the village of Vishnampettai or
Dikshitar, V. R. Ramachandra (1927). Kautilya and Machiavelli.
Dikshitar, V. R. Ramachandra; Sakkottai Krishnaswamy Aiyangar (1929).
Hindu Administrative Institutions. University of Madras.
Dikshitar, V. R. Ramachandra (1930). Some Pandya kings of the
Dikshitar, V. R. Ramachandra (1932). The Mauryan Polity.
Dikshitar, V. R. Ramachandra (1935). Indian Culture. Indian Research
Dikshitar, V. R. Ramachandra (1936). Studies in
Death Ramachandra Dikshitar died on November 24, 1953. Legacy Dr. Nagaswamy, former director of Archaeology, Government of India, once said of Ramachandra Dikshitar:
Prof. V R Ramachandra Dikshitar, was a shining luminary in the horizon
of South Indian History and Culture. Deeply rooted in Vedic and
Sanskrit tradition—his ancestors were eminent Vedic Scholars and
performers of Vedic Yagas—he took it as his life's mission, to
expound the history and culture of the soil to which he belonged—the
Tamil region and worked tirelessly in that direction till his death.
Very early in his life, he started studying ancient Tamil literature,
which he soon mastered…. His intimate understanding of Tamil texts
enabled him to translate the immortal Tamil works—
Historical methodology Ramachandra Dikshitar introduced a new methodology in the study of ancient Indian history. His book "Warfare in Ancient India" speaks of the usage of vimanas in wars in ancient India and claims that the boomerang was invented in South India. As a result, this book is widely referenced by the historians of the Sangh Parivar for its notes on vimanas and by Dravidologists for its theory on the origin of boomerangs. He believed that the references to the vimanas were quite real as evidenced by his writings in "Warfare in Ancient India"
No question can be more interesting in the present circumstances of the world than India's contribution to the science of aeronautics. There are numerous illustrations in our vast Puranic and epic literature to show how well and wonderfully the ancient Indians conquered the air. To glibly characterized everything found in this literature as imaginary and summarily dismiss it as unreal has been the practice of both Western and Eastern scholars until very recently. The very idea indeed was ridiculed and people went so far as to assert that it was physically impossible for man to use flying machines. But today what with balloons, aeroplanes and other flying machines, a great change has come over our ideas on the subject…the flying vimana of Rama or Ravana was set down as but a dream of the mythographer till aeroplanes and zeppelins of the present century saw the light of day. The mohanastra or the "arrow of unconsciousness" of old was until very recently a creature of legend till we heard the other day of bombs discharging Poisonous gases. We owe much to the energetic scientists and researchers who plod persistently and carry their torches deep down into the caves and excavations of old and dig out valid testimonials pointing to the misty antiquity of the wonderful creations of humanity.
In his Origin and Spread of the Tamils, Dikshitar includes Australia
^ The Times of India Directory and Year Book, Including Who's who. Bennett, Coleman and Co. 1951. p. 747. ^ a b "Vimanas" (PDF). A tribute to Hinduism. Cincinnati Temple. Retrieved 2009-01-05. ^ David Hatcher Childress. "Fly the friendlier skies in Air India Vimanas". Bibliteca Pleyades. Retrieved 2009-01-05. ^ Subrahmanian, N. (1966). Śaṅgam Polity: The Administration and Social Life of the Śaṅgam Tamils. Asia Publishing House. p. 152. ^ "Vimanas". ISKCON. Retrieved 2009-01-05. ^ Dikshitar, V. R. Ramachandra (1947). Origin and Spread of the Tamils. Adyar Library. p. 30.
Sundaram, V. (August 26, 2008). "A historian extraordinaire of South Indian culture". News Today.
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