on India Along Its Rivers and Shores: Through a Historical Lens

Introduction :

Bharat Pravah, an initiative of the Institute of Governance, Policies and Politics (IGPP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, stands as a testament to the profound impact and imagery of rivers, ports, and shipping in the daily life of India. This visionary initiative aims to highlight the historical significance of India's waterways and the pivotal role they have played in shaping the nation's culture, economy, and societal development.

This volume seeks to delve deep into India's historical narrative, unveiling the integral role that rivers, ports, and shipping have played in shaping the nation's history and development. By examining the past, we aim to glean valuable insights that can guide contemporary policies and practices and add to the tapestry of knowledge already available.


India is wrapped in the arms of the oceans , surrounded by the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal, and the Indian Ocean, a crucial medium for maritime trade, connecting ancient India with various civilizations. Rivers and seas have served as the lifeblood of civilizations throughout the history of India. The Ganges, Yamuna, Brahmaputra, and countless other rivers have not only provided sustenance but have also facilitated trade, cultural exchange, and socio-economic growth.

Scope of the Book:

This edited volume, under the expert guidance of Prof. Vasant Shinde, seeks to provide a comprehensive examination of the historical dynamics between rivers, the sea, and India's socio-economic development. Contributions may cover, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  1. Historical Evolution of River and Coastal Settlements
  2. The Role of Rivers and Seas in Trade and Commerce throughout History.
  3. The Mythological and Religious Significance of Rivers and Seas in India.
  4. Naval Heritage: Conquest and Connections
  5. Port Towns: Urban Planning and Infrastructure
  6. Maritime Archaeology along India's Coasts and Rivers

Submission Guidelines:

We invite scholars, researchers, historians, and experts to submit their contributions to this edited volume. Please adhere to the following submission guidelines:

Abstract Submission Deadline: December 15th, 2023

Full Paper Submission Deadline: December 30th, 2023

Word Limit for Full Paper: 3000 words


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