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The Shift of the Focus to Orissa, the Deccan, and Malwa

Dilip K. Chakrabarti

in The Geopolitical Orbits of Ancient India

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780198069898
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080052 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198069898.003.0003
The Shift of the Focus to Orissa, the Deccan, and Malwa

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One of the most significant geopolitical orbits in the post-Maurya period was the Oxus to the Indus orbit, although it was not a monolithic one on the basis of the period's political history. Instead, it was divided into a number of distinct segments. The Saka thrust towards Mathura shows that during this period, the area of what is called the Indo-Gangetic divide in Indian geography (the area between the Sutlej and the Yamuna) became subject to the influence of political factors associated with the Oxus-Indus orbit. This scenario becomes more evident under the Kushan dynasty. Vast stretches of the Deccan, Orissa, and western Malwa in the post-Mauryan context formed an orbit of their own where a lot of interaction took place, with some thrusts towards the north.

Keywords: political history; geopolitical orbits; Oxus-Indus orbit; Saka; Kushan dynasty; Deccan; Malwa; Orissa; post-Maurya period; Indo-Gangetic divide

Chapter.  10896 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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