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Maritime Heritage of India - English

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Published on Feb 3, 2016

This project originated from the vision of Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, who felt that the thousands of years old maritime heritage of India, which had been covered under different publications and studies earlier, needed to be showcased in one book so that followers of this subject could get a collective glimpse of this rich and vast maritime culture. The Chief of the Naval Staff tasked the Indian Naval Academy to undertake the project in early 2015. This 'Maritime Heritage of India' book is a result of study of over a hundred books, publications, articles, papers, etc., written by subject matter experts, both, Indian and non-Indians. Discussions and interactions with prominent historians of India over the last year further provided material for this book. This book is not about ‘history’ but ‘heritage’.

When the Naval Academy team collected material from all possible sources, it could fill volumes. It was decided to restrict the size of the book to make holding and reading a pleasant experience. Therefore, the team would like to reiterate that the content is neither original nor all-encompassing, that it is meant to provide only a glimpse of the kind of heritage the present generation of Indians is privileged, and fortunate, to inherit and it is intended to whet the appetite of any interested or keen reader to research further on the myriad topics that constitute ‘heritage’. This book, therefore, is a compilation of works of eminent historians that have been selected based on the team’s assessment of what could constitute ‘heritage’, with a maritime origin or link. The team does not, even by chance, intend to convey an impression that this book is comprehensive enough to include each and every aspect that comprise ‘heritage’.

All works and eminent personalities consulted have been acknowledged and no copyright infringement has either occurred, or is intended. This book is a result of Chief of the Naval Staff’s abiding belief in the maritime destiny of India and the need to present a small portion of the amazing tapestry that constitutes the maritime heritage of this ancient nation called India.

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