The Indian Rejection of History
One of the tragedies of history is that India didn’t record any of it. Here’s a striking passage from an article by Sheldon Pollock:
We can read thousands of pages of Sanskrit on any imaginable subject and not encounter a single passing reference to a historical person, place, or event—or at least to any that, historically speaking, matters.
This was more or less deliberate. The attitude of Indian scholars seems to have been that the only truths worth knowing are truths of eternal or atemporal significance. So there’s lots and lots of literature on topics like grammar and philosophy and psychology and aesthetics, but there’s no history.