Aryan Invasion of India: Did it Happen?
SOME INDIAN HISTORIANS now deny that Indo-Europeans invaded their subcontinent and founded their civilization. Hinduwebsite.com typifies the more reasonable side of this position when they say;
The theory of Aryan invasion of India and the connection between the early inhabitants of India and of Europe both racially and linguistically stretched the imagination of many Indo European historians. It led to a great deal of confusion and distortion of Indian history in the backdrop of British imperialism. The theory trivialized the achievements of the early inhabitants of the Indian subcontinent in religion, philosophy, astronomy, metallurgy, medicine, architecture, urban planning, sea faring, ship building, transportation, literature and mathematics and projected a picture of white man’s continuing burden of educating the pagan races and introducing them to the nuances of an advanced civilization. It was as if the British conquest of India was like history repeating itself.
The early inhabitants were described as dark skinned, barbarous, irreligious and unclean people in contrast to the horse riding, fierce, warrior like, civilized, religious, fair skinned Aryans. The theory also distracted many historians by creating a mindset that encouraged the search for alternative homelands of Aryans and their possible migratory routes. It established a frame work of Indian history in the academic circles that attempted to trace all the early achievements of the civilization to the so called Vedic Aryans. It precluded the exploration of the country’s social diversity and religious plurality from a historical perspective through anthropological studies of populations patterns, habits and customs. It also contributed in some ways, unfortunately, to the racist dogmas of Hitler’s Germany and the eventual segregation of that nation into Aryan and non Aryan groups.
Modern anthropological writer and researcher Survive the Jive (check out his YouTube channel) said: “DNA evidence has shed new light on the origins of the Indian people, the Hindu religion, and the Sanskrit language. Pastoralists of the Andronovo culture from the Bronze age steppe invaded India from the northwest and brought Indo-European languages to the Indian subcontinent. These pastoralists were ethnically White people, and they mixed with [the aboriginal] Indians to create the modern genetic diversity of India. This theory has been developed over 200 years, and has often been attacked as a colonial fable or even as “Nazi propaganda,” but now genetic science has vindicated the Victorian scholars who said the roots of the Aryans lay in the Corded Ware culture of Europe. Saying that these people were central Asians because they entered India from central Asia is like saying British people were fish because they entered India from the sea.”
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Source: Survive the Jive