Volume - 11 : Issue - 3

Published : Jul. - Sep. 2012

Group : Personalities


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by Bhagwan S. Gidwani

From the bestselling author of Return of the Aryans comes another sweeping epic about the world of Aryans of India.

No other Indian or foreign author has ever ventured to tell the story of Pre-Vedic times of India.  All their literature on India beings with the Vedic Age. Gidwani is the very first author to trace India’s drama far back to pre-Vedic roots in his books.

In his latest book – March of the Aryans – published by Penguin Books India, Bhagwan S. Gidwani takes us, again, back to the dawn of civilization (8000 BCE) to recreate the fascinating story of the Birth and Beginning of Hinduism (Sanatana Dharma), with the thrilling account of how, in 5,000 BCE, the Aryans originated from India, (and from nowhere else) – and why they moved out of their home-land; their courage, rashness, heroic thrusts, battles, bloodshed, failures and triumphs in the far distant regions of Asia & Europe and finally, their triumphant return to their homeland ad heritage of India.


Vast and absorbing, with a cast of thousands, March of the Aryans is gripping tale of kings and poets, seers and hermits, battles and romance and the rise and fall of civilizations. Here are characters like the gentle God Sindhu Putra, spreading his message of love, the hermit Bharat who inspired the dream of unity, equality, human rights and dignity for all; physician sage Dhanawantari, peace-loving Kashi after whom the holy city of Varanasi was named; and Nila who gave his name to the river Nile in Egypt.


March of the Aryans traces the Hindu ancestry of Aryans from 8,000 BCE, and shows that Aryans were born, grew up, and died as citizens of Bharat Varsha (India), anchored in the timeless foundation of Hindu faith. He also demolishes the theory of North/South Divide, and shows how the people of Ganga, Madhya, Sindhu, Bangla and other region were together with the Dravidian regions, in a spirit of equality and mutual respect, as a part of Bharat Varsha (India).


In unfolding the dramatic story of Indian Civilization back to its roots prior to 8,000 BCE, Gidwani presents glimpses of art, culture, music, abstract thought, philosophical leanings, and spiritual value of pre-history India. The work reveals dramatic stories behind the origins of Om, Namaste, Swastika, Gayatri Mantra, and Soma Wines. It tell how Tamil and Sanskrit developed, and how they influence world-languages; also it has tells the discovery and disappearance of Saraswati River; the battle and blood-shed that led to fall and rise of many ancient cities.

Besides, Gidwani sheds light on pre-history establishment of Hindu Parliament; legal establishment of Hindu Parliament; legal and constitutional systems, development of ships & harbours; gold-mining; chariots; Yoga; mathematics; astronomy; medicine; surgery; music, dance, drama, art & architecture; and material advancement of the pre-ancient India.

The book speaks of ideal that took shape in those early times, to become a foundation of Sanatana Dharma – and among those ideals were; recognition of spiritual nature of man wherever he is from; acceptance of every culture as an expression of eternal values; and man’s obligation to respect and protect environment, and all creatures, tame and wild.



Bhagwan S. Gidwani , based now in Montreal, was India’s Additional General of Tourism and Director General of Civil Aviation till 1978. He served as India’s Counsel at the International Court of Justice at The Hague and a Representative of India at the Council of ICAO (United Nations) from 1978 to 1981. Thereafter, he joined ICAO (U.N) as Director, serving also as Advisor to foreign governments. Gidwani is the author of the bestselling novel The Sword of Tipu Sultan, which was translated in many languages and made into a major TV Serial for which Gidwani also wrote the script and screenplay. His previous novel Return of the Aryans was also highly successful. March of the Aryans is adapted from that novel.