Bharat Ek Khoj (TV Series 1988– )

Season 1


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1Bharat Mata Ki JaiBharat Mata Ki Jai (13 Nov. 1988)
Jawarharlal Nehru, in his book, The Discovery of India, talks about his extensive tours of British occupied India in 1936 - 37. He mentions the major rivers, Sarnath, the Asoka Pillar, Fatehpur Sikri and the Indus Valley Civilization.
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2The BeginningsThe Beginnings (1988)
Primitive man used stone weapons and tools, hunted in groups and shared food. He later began to farm in river basins and trade. The Indus Valley Civilization flourished from 2500 to 1900 BCE and then declined in the next 300 years.
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3The Arrival Of The Vedic PeopleThe Arrival Of The Vedic People (1988)
The Aryans entered India through the Indus Valley settlements between 2000 and 1000 BCE. These vedic people were warriors, farmed only a little and relied more on pasturing cattle. The Vedas and Avesta arose from a common pool of thought.
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4Caste FormationCaste Formation (1988)
Nehru describes the formation of caste system in Later Rigvedic period. The working of the system is attempted to be explained through 3 stories: Shambhuk, Eklavya and the Son of Three Fathers.
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5Mahabharat: Part 1Mahabharat: Part 1 (1988)
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6Mahabharat: Part 2Mahabharat: Part 2 (1988)
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7Ramayan: Part 1Ramayan: Part 1 (1988)
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8Ramayan: Part 2Ramayan: Part 2 (1988)
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9Republics And KingdomsRepublics And Kingdoms (1988)
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10Negation And Acceptance Of LifeNegation And Acceptance Of Life (1988)
Story of Nachiketa and Yama and about Jainism and Buddhism is depicted. Sri Buddha and Angulimal story is also depicted.
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11Chanakya And Chandragupt: Part 1Chanakya And Chandragupt: Part 1 (1988)
After getting insulted at Dhanananda's court, Chanakya Vishnugupta vows to uproot the Nanda dynasty from Pataliputra (Magadha) with the help of his friend, student and future Emperor Chandragupta Maurya.
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12Chanakya And Chandragupt: Part 2Chanakya And Chandragupt: Part 2 (1988)
Chanakya's betrayal of Virochak, killing of Dhanananda, Suvasini's acceptance of Buddhism, Rakshasa's futile attempt of revolt, establishment of Mauryan Empire, Chanakya's return to Taxila and Chandragupta's decision to become Jaina monk.
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13Ashok: Part 1Ashok: Part 1 (1988)
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14Ashok: Part 2Ashok: Part 2 (1988)
Ashoka's governance of the vast empire, war with Kalinga republic, Tissa's (Buddhist Monk) message of middle path and spread of the teachings of Dhamma across the subcontinent.
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15The Sangam Period - Silapaddirakam: Part 1The Sangam Period - Silapaddirakam: Part 1 (1988)
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16The Sangam Period - Silapaddirakam: Part 2The Sangam Period - Silapaddirakam: Part 2 (1988)
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17The Classical AgeThe Classical Age (1988)
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18Kalidas And Shakuntala: Part 1Kalidas And Shakuntala: Part 1 (1988)
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19Kalidas And Shakuntala: Part 2Kalidas And Shakuntala: Part 2 (1988)
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20HarshvardhanHarshvardhan (1988)
Political and cultural developments in seventh century India is sought to be depicted through Kanyakubja King Harshavardhana and Chinese traveller Hiuen Tsang. Harshavardhana's Naganand, Sanskrit play, is also acted out.
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21BhaktiBhakti (1988)
Development of Bhakti Movements in India is explained. Pallava King Mahendravarman's Sanskrit play Mattavilasa Prahasana is acted out.
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22The Chola Empire: Part 1The Chola Empire: Part 1 (1988)
After the death of his uncle, Rajaraja Chola becomes the Emperor, punishes killers of his brother, constructs a temple as per his grandmother's wishes, administers the empire and plans to construct an enormous temple, surrounded by a city.
23The Chola Empire: Part 2The Chola Empire: Part 2 (1988)
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24The Delhi Sultanate: Part 1 - The Arrival Of Turk Afghans And Prithviraj RasoThe Delhi Sultanate: Part 1 - The Arrival Of Turk Afghans And Prithviraj Raso ()
Nehru describes the arrival of Islam in India as a religion and a political force, both. Politics and power struggle between Prithviraj (Chahamana King) and Shahabuddin Ghori is depicted.
25The Delhi Sultanate: Part 2 - Prithviraj Raso And Alauddin KhiljiThe Delhi Sultanate: Part 2 - Prithviraj Raso And Alauddin Khilji (1988)
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26The Delhi Sultanate: Part 3 - Padmavat And The Tughlaq DynastyThe Delhi Sultanate: Part 3 - Padmavat And The Tughlaq Dynasty (1988)
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27SynthesisSynthesis (1988)
Nehru explains expanse of Bhakti tradition from South to North India, influence of Vendantic thoughts on Islam and vice versa, syncretism of Kabir and religious reformation by Guru Nanak. Mulla Dawood's play 'Chandayan' is enacted.
28The Vijaynagar EmpireThe Vijaynagar Empire (1988)
Ascent to the throne, rule and governance of Emperor Krishnadevraya of Tuluva dynasty, conflicts with his Nayaks, relations with the Portugese and the Bahmani Sultanate and wars with Bijapur's Adil Shah and the Gajpati kingdom of Odisha.
29FeudalismFeudalism (1988)
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30The Fall Of The Vijaynagar EmpireThe Fall Of The Vijaynagar Empire (1988)
16th century political and military developments in Southern India leading to the Battle of Talikota and ultimate destruction of Vijayanagara Empire. Important characters: Ramaraya, Ali Adil Shah, Ibrahim Qutub Shah and Hussain Nizam Shah.
31Rana Sanga, Ibrahim Lodi And BaburRana Sanga, Ibrahim Lodi And Babur (1988)
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32Akbar: Part 1Akbar: Part 1 (1988)
Akbar's early rule, disputes with Ulemas, conflict with Rana Pratap, establishment of Ibadat Khana, visit of Portugese Jesuit Mission and declaration of Din-i Ilahi.
33Akbar: Part 2Akbar: Part 2 ()
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34Golden HindGolden Hind (1988)
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35Aurangzeb: Part 1Aurangzeb: Part 1 (1988)
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36Aurangzeb: Part 2Aurangzeb: Part 2 (1988)
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37Shivaji: Part 1Shivaji: Part 1 (1988)
Early exploits of Shivaji Maharaj, establishing administration in the 12 Maval region and capturing of Torana and Purandar forts.
38Shivaji: Part 2Shivaji: Part 2 (1988)
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39Company BahadurCompany Bahadur ()
Appointment of Raza Khan as Naib Suba of Murshidabad, return of Robert Clive as Governor of Fort William, granting of Diwani to EIC, working of and obstructions in revenue administration and unchecked corruption of Company officials.
40Tipu SultanTipu Sultan (1988)
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41The Bengal Renaissance And Raja Rammohan RoyThe Bengal Renaissance And Raja Rammohan Roy (1988)
Ram Mohan Roy's fight against Sati practice, establishment of Brahmo Samaj, opposition from Dharma Sabha, free thinking views of Henry deRozio, Young Bengal movement and Roy's departure to England.
421857: Part 11857: Part 1 (1988)
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431857: Part 21857: Part 2 (1988)
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44Indigo RevoltIndigo Revolt (1988)
Nehru explains the exploitation of poor peasants by inhuman European Planters through the story of Madhav, a poor peasant. Script for the episode is adapted from Lalbehari Dey's book 'Bengal Peasant Life'.
45Mahatma PhuleMahatma Phule (1988)
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46Sir Syed Ahmed KhanSir Syed Ahmed Khan (1988)
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47VivekanandaVivekananda (1988)
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48Extremists And ModeratesExtremists And Moderates (1988)
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49And Gandhi Came: Part 1And Gandhi Came: Part 1 (1988)
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50And Gandhi Came: Part 2And Gandhi Came: Part 2 (1988)
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51SeparatismSeparatism (1988)
Separatism explained through socio-political developments in United Provinces beginning from protests against Simon Commission to Provincial Elections of 1937.
52Do Or DieDo Or Die ()
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53EpilogueEpilogue (1988)
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