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THE MYTH OF 
ARYAN INVASION OF INDIA

The Post-Colonial World

The Aryan Invasion Theory 

Our view of human history colors the perception of who we are in a fundamental way.

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The main idea used to interpret the ancient history of India.

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Basis Of The Aryan Invasion Theory 

Aryan As Race Or Language

We should first note that the Aryan invasion theory was foreign to the history of India.

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The Aryan invasion theory is based upon the idea that Aryan represents a particular group of people. 

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The Development Of The Aryan Invasion Idea

Mechanics Of The Aryan Invasion 

European scholars following Max Muller in the nineteenth century decided that the Vedic people.

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The Aryan invasion theory was invented to solve the riddle of
languages.
 

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Harappan Civilization 

Migration Rather Than Invasion

After the formulation of the Aryan invasion theory, archeology
did not stop.

 

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Coming to the present time, given the facts that there was no destruction of Harappa and no evidence of any large scale migrations of people.

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The Rediscovery Of The Sarasvati River

The Vedic Image Of The Ocean

The retreat of the Aryan invasion theory has been accompanied by the rediscovery of the Sarasvati river of Vedic fame.

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The Rig Veda itself contains nearly a hundred references to ocean (Samudra), as well as dozens of references to ships, and to rivers flowing into the sea.

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Horses, Chariots And Iron

 Destroyers Of Cities 

All the main points of the Aryan invasion in its various incarnations have been disproved. 

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The Rig Veda describes its Gods as "destroyers or conquerors of cities.

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Vedic And Indus Religions

The So-called Racial War In The Vedas

This was based on the examination of a handful of seals and symbols found in the ruins. Hence the Harappan religion was thought by them to be a kind of early Dravidian Shaivism.

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The Vedic people were thought to have been a fair-skinned race like the Europeans owing to the Vedic idea of a war between light and darkness.

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Vedic Peoples

The Aryan/Dravidian Divide

Battles mentioned in the Rig Veda, whether between those called Aryans or Dasyus, are largely between the "five peoples" (Pancha Manava). 

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The languages of South India are Dravidian, which is a different linguistic group than the Indo-European languages of the North of the subcontinent. 

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Vedic Kings And Empires

Vedic Astronomical Lore

Vedic texts like Shatapatha and Aitareya Brahmanas list a group of ten to sixteen kings.

 

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Vedic texts contain interesting astronomical lore. The Vedic calendar was based upon astronomical sightings of the equinoxes.

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Painted Grey Ware

Aryans In The Ancient Middle East

One of the more recent archeological ideas is that the Vedic culture is evidenced by Painted Grey Ware pottery in north India

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the evidence so far is that the people of the mountain regions of the Middle East were Indo-Europeans as far as recorded history can be traced. 

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Indus Writing

Sanskrit

The Indus Valley culture had a form of writing, evidenced by numerous seals found in the ruins. 

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According to proponents of the Aryan invasion theory the only thing that really marks the Aryans is their language.

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Indian Civilization, An Indegenuous Development

The New Model

Mehrgarh is the largest village/town culture of its period anywhere in the world and develops into the Indus culture.

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The people in this tradition are the same basic ethnic groups as in India today, with their same basic types of languages Indo-European and Dravidian.

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Ancient History Revised

Political And Social Ramifications

We have examined the Aryan invasion theory and seen how it has continually failed to prove itself. 

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First it served to divide India into a northern Aryan and southern Dravidian culture which were made hostile to each other. 

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