Aryan Invasion Theory by Vatican debunked

Discussion in 'Myths and Misconceptions' started by Aum, Sep 20, 2015.

  1. Aum

    Aum New Member

    "BBC proves Vivekananda right after a century..."

    ''Do not believe such silly things as there was a race of mankind in South India called Dravidians differing widely from another race in northern India called the Aryans. This is entirely unfounded.'' This is
    not from a saffron scholar of the 21st century. But Swami Vivekananda said it before an audience in the then Madras city as the 19th century was drawing to a close.

    Not knowing where the bright Aryans came from, ''of late, there was an attempt made to prove,'' he laughed and said: ''Aryans lived on the Swiss lakes.'' Yet the theory trotted out by F.Max Mueller in 1848
    tracing the history of Hinduism to the invasion of indigenous people by Aryans around 1500 BC has obsessed India since then. It is now well known that the scholarly work of Max Mueller, once considered independent, was bought by the East India Company, and was thus a colonial view. Even as Swami Vivekananda dismissed Max Mueller's theory as silly, he lauded Mueller's work on Indian scriptures as next only to that of Sayanacharya.

    Max Mueller's theory dominated the Indian academic and intellectual debate and politics of the 20th century and wrought havoc in the national psyche since then. It divided and disturbed the national mind; even threatened to sever southern India from the rest. Any dissent towards this view is even now castigated and isolated, as a sort of intellectual terrorism holds sway. But sustained and strenuous work by dedicated scholars has decimated this silly theory over the last hundred years.

    Yet, billions of pages of instruction in schools and colleges have, since Max Mueller expounded this view, enduringly poisoned and damaged the Indian psyche. And here comes a confession from a source linked to
    the very perpetrators of this intellectual crime, the ex-colonisers, that the theory, which Swami Vivekananda dismissed as silly, seems silly after all!

    The BBC website also came out with the startling disclosure that ''there is now ample evidence to show that Max Mueller and those who followed him were wrong.'' Answering ''why the theory is no longer accepted,'' the BBC says that ''the Aryan invasion theory was based on archaeological, linguistic and ethnological evidence' and ''later research has either discredited this evidence or provided new evidence that combined with the earlier evidence makes other explanations likely.''

    More important, the BBC admits that ''modern historians of the area no longer believe that such invasions had such great influence on Indian history.'' Even more important, it says that ''it is generally accepted that the Indian history shows a continuity of progress from the earliest times to today.'' More, ''the changes brought to India by other cultures'' are no longer thought to be a major ingredient of the development of Hinduism.

    The confession is an honest one. For the BBC does not only agree with Swami Vivekananda, it also points to the 'dangers' of the theory. It says that the theory ''denies the Indian origin of India's predominant culture''; ''gives credit for the Indian culture to the invaders from elsewhere.'' It ''teaches that the most revered Hindu scriptures are not actually Indian'' and ''devalues India's culture by portraying it as less ancient than it actually is.''

    It goes further and says that the 'theory was not just wrong', but 'included unacceptably racist ideas.' It suggested or asserted that Indian culture was not a culture in its own right but a synthesis of elements from other cultures; that Hinduism was not authentically Indian in origin, but the result of cultural imperialism; that Indian culture was static and only changed under outside influence; that the Dravidians were a nobody and got their faith from the Aryan invaders; that the indigenous people could acquire new ideas only from invaders or other races; that race was a biological, not a social, concept and thus rationalised ranking people in a hierarchy and the caste system; that the north Indian people descended from invaders from Europe, and so socially were closer to the British, thus rationalising colonialist presence; that the British were reforming India like the Aryans did thousands of years ago, thus justifying the role and the status of the Raj. Finally it says, ''it downgraded the intellectual status of India and its people by giving falsely a later date to the elements of Indian science and culture.'' Believe it?

    This confession of wrong done to India and high praise for India's endogamous antiquity from an unlikely source approves of not just what Swami Vivekananda said over a century ago, but validates the 'saffron'
    view. This endangers the 'secular' scholarship whose bread and butter is now under threat. How will they continue to assert that India is more a khichadi than a continuity of undated antiquity?

    How will they go on asserting that there is nothing Indian about India;that there was never anything called India at all; that there is today an India courtesy the invaders - the Aryans, Turks, Moghuls or the British; that thanks to the British we are a nation.... Yes, the secular scholarship is in deep trouble. But they have a solid reason to feel assured that it will take decades for this truth to overcome the billions of pages of falsehood printed and circulated so far. For the grains of truth to emerge from this mountain of falsehood will take a life's time.

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  2. garry420

    garry420 Well-Known Member

    The Myth Of The Aryan Invasion::

    The main idea used to interpret the ancient history of India, which we still find in history books today, is the theory of the Aryan invasion. According to this account, a race of lightskinned Aryan peoples invaded India from outside ,presumably Europe or Central Asia, pushing the dark-skinned natives, called Dravidians, into the south around 1500-1000 BC. They overran an earlier and more advanced dark-skinned Dravidian civilization from which they took most of what later became Indian civilization. In the process they never gave the indigenous people whom they took their civilization from the proper credit but eradicated all evidence of their conquest. All the Aryans really added of their own was their language (Sanskrit, of an Indo-European type) and their priestly cult of caste that was to become the bane of later Indian society.

    ::Implications Of The Aryan Invasion Theory::

    The so-called Aryans, the original people behind the Vedas, the oldest scriptures of Hinduism, were reinterpreted by this modern theory not as sages and seers - the rishis and yogis of Hindu historical tradition - but as primitive plunderers. Naturally this cast a shadow on the Hindu religion and culture as a whole.

    ::History Finally Corrected::

    In the 1990s, a new wave of scientific evidence, coming partly from satellite photos , geological study, archeological digs, and other anthropological finds began to seriously discredit the old myth. Archeologists now widely agreed that there was no invasion of India from outside that displaced the peoples of the Saraswati and Indus river valleys. This civilization arose within northern India and there is also evidence, that Vedic civilization was either a precursor to the Indus-Saraswati civilization or an early contributor to its cultural and spiritual heritage. All evidence from archeology,anthropology, and Vedic literature indicate that Vedic civilization was indigenous to northern India.

    ::Anthropological Evidence::

    All prehistoric human remains recovered from the Indian subcontinent are phenotypically identifiable as south Asians. No Aryan skeletons have been found in the Indus valley that differ from the skeletons of indigenous ethnic groups.

    ::Vedic Literature::

    There is no internal evidence from the ancient Vedic literature that Vedic civilization originated outside India. The verses of the RigVeda, the most ancient songs of Vedic tradition, detail many aspects of daily life of the people. There is no hint in this vast literature of a migration or of a history that lies in a homeland beyond the mountains of northern India

    ::Satellite Photographs and Geological Evidence::

    Geological and archeological evidence, give strong evidence a long and devastating drought followed by devastating floods and the drying up of the Saraswati river led to the abandonment of the settlements along the banks of the Indus and Saraswati rivers and resettlement along the banks of the Ganga.This reflected in the change from the Saraswati-based literature of the Rig Veda to the Ganges-based literature of the Itihasa and Puranic texts.
  3. Senthil

    Senthil Active Member Staff Member

    I've been following this debate for a long time now. The odd thing is that the same old western indologists who kept promoting AIT accuse Indians of being their detractors. "Oh, it's just those Indian Hindu radicals who are getting all riled up over this."

    In actual fact it's other western scholars who have looked at recent developments and have refuted the theory.
  4. Oxem

    Oxem New Member

    I must admit, I thought it was true. I'll have to take a deeper look at the material provided in the op.
  5. Senthil

    Senthil Active Member Staff Member

    You and most of the western world. What was written in encyclopedias and in school textbooks was frankly, quite appalling at times. Lets just say they often began with the most negative aspects and either dismissed or 'forgot' anything positive. As a consequence, there are just so many myths about Hinduism out there.

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