The Re-emergence of the Gangetic Orbit and the Regional Power Centres

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:
The Re-emergence of the Gangetic Orbit and the Regional Power Centres

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Magadha and its capital Pataliputra returned to consciousness under the Gupta dynasty. Initially, the dynasty established its base by forging a matrimonial alliance with the Lichchhavis of Vaisali. According to R.C. Majumdar, the territory directly under Samudragupta's administration covers the whole of the Indo-Gangetic plain up to nearly the Indus and a large part of Rajasthan and eastern Malwa. Several regional power centres emerged from Gujarat to Assam and from Nepal to Orissa after the end of the Gupta supremacy. In the early to mid-seventh century, Harshavardhana tried to initiate political unity in north India. In the history of post-Gupta northern India, however, the regional powers deserve main attention along with the Arab power in Sindh. In the Deccan, the Vakatakas lost their power in the beginning of the sixth century ad.

Keywords: Magadha; Gupta dynasty; Samudragupta; Indo-Gangetic plain; Lichchhavis; Vakatakas; Harshavardhana; R.C. Majumdar; matrimonial alliance; north India

Chapter.  10767 words.  Illustrated.

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

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