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Don Says, Aryan Invasion Theory Legitimises Missionary Christian and Other Invasions of India

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Submitted by Vishnu Gupta (India), Nov 28, 2005 at 02:54

To Don:
--Blue Eyed, Blonde Haired White Caucasian Hindus populated India after riding in on horseback coming from a fabled Aryan homeland in the Black Forest some 3,500 years ago, with their highly developed Sanskrit and Vedic literature and rituals?

--This justifies the Missionary Christian invasion of India?

--What if Islamists follow the same logic for their invasion against America? Will you sanction that?

--Many thanks Don, for making us aware of your motives. Theories of Aryan Invasion of India and of the four-fold rigid caste hierarchy are well past their USE BEFORE dates, having served their time as handy tools for British Missionary justification of their unholy acts in the Crown Jewel of the British Empire. What remains are putrid theories used for Hindu-bashing by a cabal of Missionaries, Islamists, Indian Communists and Secularists. But Hindus cannot be thus isolated, because the same accusations are increasingly being used against other majority groups by those with insidious designs.

--The following readings may help interested readers.

Also see: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SriRangaSri/message/6014
Aryan Invasion Theory (AIT) has been a major pre-occupation in intellectual debates for nearly 200 years. AIT was proposed and elaborated upon by many indologists both in India and abroad as a framework for understanding the history of ancient India.
AIT was started as a theory for comparative study of languages because of common language terms among languages of India, Greece and many European countries. As archaeological discoveries pointed to the indigenous emergence of Indian civilization about 5000 years ago, and continuity of the culture in India, (with little archaeological evidence for the movement of any 'Aryan' people into India), AIT proponents have suggested modified theories such as Aryan MigrationTheory, Aryan Trickle-in Acculturation Theory.

AIT (and its variants) has not been a mere historical theorization. Apart from monopolizing academic discourses, it has had
profound social and political implications in India, fomenting:

* a divisive 'dravidian' movement in Tamilnadu

* so-called Aryan-dravidian divide referring to the 'aryan north' and the 'dravidian south'

* caste conflicts within Indian society assuming a ranking among 'castes'

* stereotyping of 'tribes' as original settlers justifying colonial regimes to 'civilise' tribal communities

Pre-occupation with AIT has also prevented a systematic study of an unbiased and true history of science and technology in
ancient India and the contributions made by Bharatam Janam (a term used in Rigveda to connote the 'people of the nation of Bharata') to the crystallization of India's national identity and essential unity of the nation...

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