Every time I read another debate or article on the Aryan Invasion Theory(AIT), I start to fume, not because I am mad at their opinions, but at the fact that, so called historians and scholars are still debating this bogus theoryÃ¢â‚¬â€?which was created by people who had a religious, colonial, and race agenda. Any Indian knows what the word Arya means, but Max Muller—the man behind the theory had no clue—which he later admitted when his Sanskrit and historian skills were challenged.
I have declared again and again that if I say Aryas, I mean neither blood nor bones, nor hair, nor skull; I mean simply those who speak an Aryan language… to me an ethnologist who speaks of Aryan race, Aryan blood, Aryan eyes and hair, is as great a sinner as a linguist who speaks of a dolichocephalic dictionary or a brachycephalic grammar.
Nowhere in India do you find an Aryan Race (today we have the power of DNA to prove this), and yet people continue to debate this theory. Generations of Indians, including my generation, have been taught this theory, and many still continue to believe it. Now this does not end here, school textbooks around the world has been pushing this theory, as the recent California school textbook controversy has shown.
Here is an interesting take on AIT by Swami Vivekananda:
The mind jumps back several thousand years, and fancies that the same things happened here, and our archaeologist dreams of India being full of dark eyed aborigines, and the bright Aryan came from – the Lord knows where. According to some, they came from Central Tibet, others will have it that they came from Central Asia. There are patriotic Englishmen who think that they were all black haired. If the writer happens to be a black haired man, then the Aryans were all black haired.
Of late there have been attempts to prove that the Aryans lived on the Swiss lakes. I should not be sorry if they had been all drowned there, theory and all. Some say now that they lived at the North Pole. Lord blesses the Aryans and their habitations. As for as the truth in these theories, there is not one word in our scriptures, not one, to prove that the Aryans came from anywhere outside of India, and in ancient India was included Afghanistan. There it ends.
All the theory that the Shudras caste was all non-Aryans and they were a multitude is equally illogical and equally irrational. It could not have been possible in those days that a few hundred Aryans settled and lived there with a few hundred thousand slaves at their command. These slaves would have eaten them up, made “chutney” of them in five minutes.
The only explanation can be found in the Mahabharata, which says, that in the beginning of Satya Yuga there was only one caste, the Brahmanas, and then by difference of occupation they went on dividing themselves into castes, and that is the only true and rational explanation that has been given. And in the coming of the Satya Yuga all the other castes will have to go back to the same condition. The solution to the caste problem in India, therefore, assumes this form, not to degrade the higher castes, not to crush out the Brahmana.
The fact is, works like the Vedas were created using such ancient Sanskrit, that even though the information is still intact in the Vedas, the loss of contextual information, and changes to the language over time, could lead to misinterpretation, and inaccurate translations. And for someone like Max Muller, who hardly knew Sanskrit, to have interpreted it correctly, needs to be taken with a jar full of salt, especially since he had an agenda, which is evident in a letter to his wife in 1886:
The translation of the Veda will hereafter tell to a great extent on the fate of India and on the growth of millions of souls in that country. It is the root of their religion, and to show them what the root is, I feel sure, is the only way of uprooting all that has sprung from it during the last 3 000 years.
This is what I recommend, stop the debate on this theory, insteadÃ¢â‚¬â€?throw it out the door. Hitler, World War II, and Aryan Supremacy groups should be proof enough to show the damage bogus theories like AIT can do? Indian historians owe it to the people who laid the foundation of our culture and religion, to tell their true story. They also owe it to the generations, like ours, that have been duped, to give us the truth, and to tell history as it happenedÃ¢â‚¬â€?not only to us, but also to the generations to come. So stop wasting your time debating the Aryan Invasion Theory; instead, spend the time putting the pieces together which will give us the true history of ancient India and its people
Update: Dr. Nayanjot Lahiri turns down an interview on this blog.
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