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A Gap Between Truth And Tale
(04 Jan 1957 / Lalgola, Murshidabad, West Bengal, India.)

A Gap Between Truth And Tale

Poem By Asit Kumar Sanyal

Harappan civilization was excavated
in 1920
during British Raj
it gave a purely archaeological source
to re-look Indian subcontinent history
that was written based on
Vedas, Brahmanas & Puranas
and the epics Ramayana & Mahabharata
the discovery of Harappa complemented
existing literature-based history.
The Harappan finds include
buildings, tools, artefacts, jewellery
and some sculpture
Intimated details about housing,
diet, dentistry and waste disposal
Attested maritime trade with Sumeria
and led to some cross-dating
It also provided the system of writing
about 400 characters
and their unknown literature.

It was deduced
each character represents a single word
and they read from right to left
The linguistics declared
the characters were not Sanskrit related
and not even of the Vedic heritage
but might be some kind
of Proto-Dravidian
while the script had similarities with Brahmi
the earliest Indian script.

It was hoped by historians
the painstaking study will decode
the Harappan language
and people would understand
the secrets of its civilization.
but despite the best endeavours of
international scholarship
And the code-cracking potential of computers,
Remained undeciphered
Scientists couldn't see the face of success.

The world could not know
Who were the Harappans?
What did they worship?
From where they came?
and so on ….
A gap remained forever
between the truth and the tale
The matured Harappan culture
could not reach fully
in Indian history.

New Delhi
5-2-16

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