Michel Danino

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Michel Danino
Danino taking a lecture at IIT Kanpur
Danino taking a lecture at IIT Kanpur
Born (1956-06-04) June 4, 1956 (age 63)
Honfleur, France
OccupationWriter, Researcher, Historian
Alma materÉcole Supérieure d’Électricité (Electrical and Electronics Engineering)
Notable awardsPadma Shri (2017)

Michel Danino (born June 4, 1956) is an Indian author, originally from France.[1] He is a major proponent of the Indigenous Aryans hypothesis and has been subject to severe criticism from the academia.

He's currently a guest professor at IIT Gandhinagar[2] and has been a member of the Indian Council of Historical Research. On 25 January 2017, Government of India conferred Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor for his contribution towards Literature & Education.[3]

Life in India[edit]

He spent a few years in Auroville, Tamil Nadu. Later, he lived in the Nilgiri mountains for two decades. In 2003 he settled near Coimbatore and accepted Indian citizenship.[1]

Work and reception[edit]

Danino had authored The Lost River: On The Trail of the Sarasvati, which identified the legendary Sarasvati River, mentioned in Rigveda with the current Ghaggar-Hakra River.[4] V Rajamani over Current Science reviewed it in favorable terms and praised Danino for his meticulous research.[5]

Peter Heehs noted one of his another works:- Sri Aurobindo and Indian Civilization, to lack in linguistic knowledge which was made up by attacks on colonial orientalists and half-informed invocations of nationalist orientalists.[6] Heehs also criticized Danino's other works for appropriating Sri Aurobindo in his campaign against the Indo-Aryan migrations and for distorting Aurobindo's speculative views as assertions, by selective cherry-picking from his draft-manuscripts whilst ignoring his published works, which were far nuanced.[6] Others have accused Danino of pursuing a sectarian Hindutva oriented scholarship based on historical negationism.[7][8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Pande Daniel, Vaihayasi. "'The Sarasvati was more sacred than Ganga'". Rediff.com. Retrieved 8 August 2011. Technically, I am not a 'foreigner': I adopted Indian citizenship some years ago.
  2. ^ "Michel Danino - IIT Gandhinagar". www.iitgn.ac.in.
  3. ^ "PadmaAwards-2017" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-01-29.
  4. ^ Times of India (23 May 2010). "NON-FICTION The Lost River". Times of India Crest. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  5. ^ Rajamani, V. (2010). "Review of The Lost River – On the Trail of the Sarasvati". Current Science. 99 (12): 1842–1843. ISSN 0011-3891.
  6. ^ a b Heehs, Peter (2003). "Shades of Orientalism: Paradoxes and Problems in Indian Historiography". History and Theory. 42 (2): 169–195. ISSN 0018-2656.
  7. ^ Guha, Sudeshna (2005). "Negotiating Evidence: History, Archaeology and the Indus Civilisation". Modern Asian Studies. 39 (2): 399–426. ISSN 0026-749X.
  8. ^ Chadha, Ashish (2011-02-01). "Conjuring a river, imagining civilisation: Saraswati, archaeology and science in India". Contributions to Indian Sociology. 45 (1): 55–83. doi:10.1177/006996671004500103. ISSN 0069-9667.
  9. ^ Bhatt, Chetan (2000-01-01). "Dharmo rakshati rakshitah : Hindutva movements in the UK". Ethnic and Racial Studies. 23 (3): 559–593. doi:10.1080/014198700328999. ISSN 0141-9870.

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