The intent of this Timeline is to highlight the fact that there are much more than just fights and betrayals and devastations in the5000 years of history of the Indian sub-continent. It unfurls the story of evolution of the all-inclusive, tolerant, assimilative and dynamic Indian Culture and tradition. It speaks about the extraordinary achievements of humanity over long periods of peace and prosperity - something rarely seen anywhere else in the world.It speaks about the highs and lows, the successes and failures - each of which played a vital role in shaping up the Indian Culture.
Each dynasty or period is marked with a vertical bar of a particular color. The length of the bar is same as the duration for which the dynasty or period existed. The beginning of any dynasty or period and the related important highlights in different centuries are mentioned in an enclosure that encloses also the associated bar representing the dynasty. For example the Maratha Empire starting in 1600s and stretching till second half of 1700s is depicted by a chocolate-brown bar. The important highlights like rise of Shivaji and the fights with Mughals in 1600s and attaining its peak under the Peshwas in the first half of 1700s are mentioned against the correct centuries in an enclosure that encloses the chocolate-brown bar from top. The enclosure might not neccessarily extend till the end of the dynasty if there is no important event to highlight.