In their view, because the British averred that Indian epics do not pre-date the Christian Bible, then it must necessarily be true.
But the Ramayana, Mahabharata, and other ancient Indian texts like the Vedas, Puranas and Upanishads are true records of Indian history, interwoven with mythology, philosophy and spirituality.
Just because they talk about battles between gods and demons is no reason to dismiss their accounts of kings and other contemporary developments as mere story telling.
Follow the clues The wonderful thing about the Ramayana is that when Valmiki wrote the epic, he made it idiot-proof.
(For fun let’s assume Valmiki being a prescient sage knew that secularists, communists, India haters, British invaders and Macaulayites would exist in the future and try to run down his historical opus.) He packed so much information about the various planetary positions of those days, the geography of the areas mentioned in the epic, the seasonal events, and about the genealogy of various kings that modern astronomers and scientists can have a crack at the dates on which those events occurred. Haran, “In no other nation and no other religion in the world, true history is so meticulously documented, supported by umpteen evidences.
Without the weight of historical tradition, the Ramayana would have been swept away by the tidal waves of conquests that India suffered over a period of 1300 years.
But there are others who argue that there is no proof Rama lived.These scientists are studying facts, they are looking back in time at precession or the position of stars.They are not regurgitating the discredited writings of Karl Marx, the racist German who supported English rule over India.These are the same people who will happily agree that a child can be conceived without human conception.Despite the overwhelming scientific evidence produced by the likes of Charles Darwin, they believe the earth was created in 4004 BC and that a certain being called god created the world in seven days. Yes, he was so powerful he needed to rest on Sunday.) They won’t question any Christian or Muslim myths – howsoever outrageous, bizarre or downright funny – but Hindu traditions are open season for them.Just like the laws of motion cannot be questioned, scientific evidence is incontrovertible.