Michel Danino
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1956 (age 65–66), France
OrganizationIIT Gandhinagar
HonoursPadma Shri

Michel Danino (born 4 June 1956) is a French-Indian Author .[1] He is a guest professor at IIT Gandhinagar[2] and has been a member of the Indian Council of Historical Research. In 2017, Government of India conferred Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian honor for his contribution towards Literature & Education.[3]

Life in India

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

Work and reception

Danino had authored The Lost River: On The Trail of the Sarasvati, which tentatively 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's opinion one of his another works, Sri Aurobindo and Indian Civilization, to lack in linguistic knowledge, and being 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.[6] Danino selectively cherry-picked quotes from his draft-manuscripts and ignored his published works, which were far more nuanced.[6] Others have accused Danino of pursuing a sectarian Hindutva oriented scholarship based on historical negationism.[7][8][9]

Danino was a contributing author to an encyclopedic volume by Wiley-Blackwell, on South Asian history and archaeology, about the domain of Indus Valley civilisation.[10]

See also


  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 29 January 2017.
  4. ^ "TOI Crest: Quick review". The Times of India. 29 May 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  5. ^ Rajamani, V. (2010). "Review of The Lost River – On the Trail of the Sarasvati". Current Science. 99 (12): 1842–1843. ISSN 0011-3891. JSTOR 24073512.
  6. ^ a b c Heehs, Peter (2003). "Shades of Orientalism: Paradoxes and Problems in Indian Historiography". History and Theory. 42 (2): 169–195. doi:10.1111/1468-2303.00238. ISSN 0018-2656. JSTOR 3590880.
  7. ^ Guha, Sudeshna (2005). "Negotiating Evidence: History, Archaeology and the Indus Civilisation". Modern Asian Studies. 39 (2): 399–426. doi:10.1017/S0026749X04001611. ISSN 0026-749X. JSTOR 3876625.
  8. ^ Chadha, Ashish (1 February 2011). "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 (1 January 2000). "Dharmo rakshati rakshitah : Hindutva movements in the UK". Ethnic and Racial Studies. 23 (3): 559–593. doi:10.1080/014198700328999. ISSN 0141-9870.
  10. ^ Schug, Gwen Robbins; Walimbe, Subhash R., eds. (8 June 2016). A Companion to South Asia in the Past. doi:10.1002/9781119055280. ISBN 9781119055280.