This book is written for the benefit of young readers in Tamil Nadu. This state has
a long history and a rich heritage. Its history is full of remarkable achievements
in various fields. It has impressive archaeological remains dating back to the early
centuries of the Common Era (CE). What is more interesting is that there are thousands
of stone inscriptions, some of which go back to the second century Before the Common
Era (BCE). In addition, a large number of magnificent temples have survived bearing
testimony to the achievements of the ancients in art and architecture. The past is
fascinating and an enduring source of inspiration.
Today breathtaking developments are taking place in science and technology. These
can be used to discover more of the past and understand it better. Much remains to
be discovered. It is important for the youth to know the past. This helps to understand
the present. This book is intended to give a peep into that past.
About the Author
K. Indrapala took his first degree from the University of Ceylon (now University
of Peradeniya) in 1960 and, from that time until 1975, lectured in history in that
university. He took his doctorate from the University of London. In 1975, he was
appointed Foundation Professor of History in the new Jaffna Campus of the University
of Sri Lanka , which later became the University of Jaffna. In 1977/78, he was a
Japan Foundation Fellow and Visiting Professor at the Tokyo University of Foreign
Studies, Tokyo. In 1984, he was appointed Foundation Professor of Southeast Asian
Studies at the Tamil University, Thanjavur. He now lives in Australia.
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