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Indological MaCarthyism

"You cannot be proud of a heritage you know nothing about, and in the name of secularism, we have spent 50 years in total denial of the Hindu roots of this civilisation. We have done nothing to change a colonial system of mass education founded on the principle that Indian civilisation had nothing to offer.

"As for me I would like to state clearly that I believe that the Indic religions have made much less trouble for the world than the Semitic ones and that Hindu civilisation is something I am very proud of."

                                      - writes Indian columnist Tavleen Singh - The Indian Express June 13, 2004. Refer to Communist Historians: The Enemy Within – By Yvette Rosser.


There is a great tendency in the Western academia to stereotype any reconsideration of ancient Indian history as nationalist or communal. It is erroneous to lump it into a simplistic, hastily identified and easily demonized Hindutva category.  

Anybody who challenges the long held assumptions pertaining to the Indo-Aryans is instantly dubbed as a fundamentalist or nationalist or accused of contributing to Nazi agendas.  

Blanket stereotypification of the Aryan debate with Hindu nationalism is great annoyance with most Hindu scholars. Any one attempting to question this established paradigm is in danger of being dubbed a Nazi.  

Dilip Chakrabarti, author of Colonial Indology: Sociopolitics of the Ancient Indian Pasthas nothing but scorn for the Indian intellectual elite who “fail to see the need of going beyond the dimensions of colonial Indology, because these dimensions suit them fine and keep them in power. In his view, “as the Indian historians became increasingly concerned with the large number of grants, scholarships, fellowships and even occasional jobs to be won in Western universities, there was a scramble for new respectability to be gained by toeing the Western line of thinking about India and Indian history.” The result is that “institutions on the national level have to be ‘captured’ and filled up with stooges of various kinds,” and making the right kind of political noises is important for historians.” 

Chakrabati has also said: 

“We have no hesitation in asserting that the “Nigger Question” is in various forms still very much a part of the Indological scene. Right from the patronizing comments on “Babu English” to wry remarks on Indian nationalism for refusing to accept the idea of Greek and other extraneous origins of some of the crucial traits of Indian culture, the Western Indological literature has been consistent in viewing the general Indian scholarship in the manner as an inferior product…Some Indians’ refusal to acknowledge the veracity of Aryan invasion of India is interpreted by Western Indologists as misdirected symptoms of “north Indian nationalism.” (114).

He further comments:

“Rumblings against some of the premises of Western Indology have been heard from time time, but such rumblings generally emerged in uninfluential quarters, and in the context of Indian historical studies this would mean people without control of the major national historical organizations, i.e. people who can easily be fobbed off as “fundamentalists” of some kind, mere dhotiwalas of no intellectual consequence. “ (3).

Arun Shourie (1941- ) is a Rajya Sabha member and among India's best known commentators on current and political affairs. His writings are backed by rigorous analysis and meticulous research. He  has remarked about the Marxist influence as well as the corruption of the “leftist” school of historians in India: 

“They have made India out to have been an empty-land filled with successive invaders. They have made present-day India and Hinduism even more so, out to be a zoo-an agglomeration of assorted, disparate specimens. No such thing as “India,” just a geographical expression, just a construct of the British; no such thing as Hinduism, just a word used by the Arabs to describe the assortment they encountered, just an invention of the communals to impose a uniformity – that has been their stance. For this they have blackened the Hindu period of our history, and, as we shall see, strained to whitewash the Islamic period…

"These intellectuals and their patrons have worked a diabolic inversion; the inclusive religion, the pluralist spiritual search of our people and land, they have projected as intolerant, narrow-minded, obscurantist; and the exclusivist, totalitarian, revelatory religions and ideologies – Islam, Christianity, Marxism-Leninism – they have made out to be the epitome of tolerance, open-mindedness, democracy and secularism." 

They have been able to work all this mischief “because of the control they have come to acquire over institutions. Shourie lists, to the rupee, the considerable resources that have been pocketed by the “leftist” historians during their tenure in the ICHR, ostensibly for contributions toward such enterprises as the multivolume Towards Freedom Project, almost none of which has seen the light of day despite the lapse of years.  

(source: The Quest for the Origin of Vedic Culture - By Edwin F Bryant  p.   267 - 286). Watch An Invasion through Conversion - Refer to Communist Historians: The Enemy Within – By Yvette Rosser. Refer to Columbus, The Indians, and Human Progress - By Howard Zinn .

Race, Religion and Philology in the 19th Century 

Jean-Pierre Vernant (1914 -  )  Professor Emeritus of Comparative Study of Religions at the Collège de France in Paris, has observed: 

“As scholars established the disciplines of Semitic and Indo-European studies, they also invented the mythical figures of the Hebrew and the Aryan, a providential pair which, by revealing to the people of the Christianized West the secret of their identity, also bestowed upon them the patent of nobility that justified their spiritual, religious, and political domination of the world.  

"Behind these projections, we cannot today fail to see looming in the background the dark silhouette of the death camps and the rising smoke of the ovens.” 


The Indo-European languages clearly had a separate line of descent from the biblical tongues, the practitioners of the new science of philology (many of whom had received their linguistic training from the Church) turned their scholarship to the task of justifying the ascendance of European Christianity to the principal role in Providential history. 

To accomplish this they invented a pair of concepts – Aryan and Semitic – that by the end of the century had embarked on ideological and political careers far outside philology. Supposed characteristics of the respective languages were assigned to the peoples who spoke them: thus the Semitic peoples (primarily the Jews) were, like their language, passive, static and immobile, while the Aryans (principally Western Europeans) became the active, dynamic Chosen People of the future. 

Philology the comparative study of language – left an indelible mark on Western visions of history and contributed directly to some to the most horrifying ideologies of the 20th century.    


Adan and Eve by Lucas Cranach.

Western Christendom thus had an enigmatic ancestry. Aryan in its linguistic system and Semitic in its religious faith. To resolve this ambiguity, Ernest Renan cast his lot with those who, having delivered Jesus from Judaism, "aryanized" Christ.

Watch Scientific verification of Vedic knowledge. Watch Lost / Submerged city of DwarakaThe Learning Channel videoWatch The Saraswati River - Refer to Be wary of English translations of Hindu scriptures - By Sheena Patel


The discovery of Indo-European caused a furor that extended well beyond the discipline of comparative philology. All the human sciences, from history to mythology, and soon to include “racial science”, were affected by the discovery of a tongue that was known not only as Indo-European but also as Aryan. One of the leading promoters of the Aryan theories, Friedrich Max Muller (11823 – 1000) described the inception of his discipline as the starting point for a new science of human origins. 

Sanskrit, the language of the Vedas fired the imagination of scholars driven by romantic curiosity about prehistoric times. Other scholars hoped to infuse new Aryan life into Christianity that had suffered much at the hands of the Enlightenment and Revolution. 

In the works of Ernest Renan, Adolphe Pictet (1799 - 1875) Friedrich Max Muller, and Rudolph Friedrich Grau, Christ remained a central figure in the conceptualization of Indo-European civilization. The new religious sciences attempted to treat all religions in the same way and yet to impose a Christian providential meaning on the new comparative order. The cataloging of peoples and faith reflected the belief that history was moving in a Christian direction.  An old Hebrew text provided one of Western Christendom's founding myths. God, his face shrouded in eternity, created the world in six days simply by breathing the syllables of certain words in a language that dispelled chaos. In the Garden of Eden man in turn used language to name every one of Gods' creatures (Genesis 2:19 - 20). The story of Genesis is thus the story of language in action - first the language of God, then the language in action - first the language of God, then the language of man.

This rediscovered Aryan territory became the primitive homeland of Western man in search of legitimation.  

Ernest Renan (1823 - 1892) was a French philosopher and writer. In his own lifetime, Renan was best known as the author of the hugely popular Vie de Jésus (Life of Jesus).

He was convinced that we are “haunted by our origins” and that the Christian who seek to understand his origins must come to terms with Hebrew. 

"The Jews may have introduced humanity to “a religion substantially superior to that of the Aryans, but the Vedas remain “the key to our origins, the primitive revelation of our ancestors, to which our conversion to Jewish ideas should not make us indifferent.”

Thus “the Bible thus bore fruits that were not its own. Judaism was the stock on which the Aryan race produced its flower.” “Christianity is, as a matter of fact, the religion of the civilized peoples. Every nation admits this in one way or another, depending on its level of intellectual culture.”

(source: The Language of Paradise: Race, Religion and Philology in the 19th Century  – By Maurice Olender  p. x - 140).


Human Zoos - Racists Theme parks to Europe's Colonists?
Liberty, Equality and Fraternity?
Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen 1789?

Ethiopian Emperor Tewodros II (1818 - 1868) said shortly before he was defeated by a British invasion and committed suicide:

"I know their game, First traders and missionaries, then ambassadors, then the cannon. It's better to get straight to the cannon."





Racists Theme parks to Europe's Colonists


Ota Benga (1881- 1916) A Congolese pygmy shared a cage with an orangutan in the Bronx Zoo as late as 1906. 

Age, 23 years. Height, 4 feet 11 inches. Weight, 103 pounds. Brought from the Kasai River, Congo Free State, South Central Africa , by Dr. Samuel P. Verner. Exhibited each afternoon during September.  

There was an Australian aborigine in London Zoo in the 19th century.


Christian Love? Whither Human Rights and Human Dignity?  

The belief of European Christians that other races were inferior, led to colonization and large scale abuse. Both Catholic and Protestant Churches encouraged colonialism. 


Clearly, the exhibition of Africans in European zoos helped to convince the spectators that they were members of a superior race with a superior culture.


Christianity gave the world the Inquisition, Witchcraft, Slavery, Colonialism, Two World Wars - another is waiting to happen… Islam has given Conquest, Terrorism, and Jihad. Both are today tied in deadly embrace over the globe for supremacy. In spite of this record the sheer audacity of Western Intellectuals/Politicians and Christian missionaries to lecture India on the abuse of the caste system is mind boggling.


Refer to Victims of Christian Faith and Christianity's Criminal History - By Karlheinz Deschner.



The belief of European Christians that other races were inferior, led to colonisation and large scale abuse. The extirpation of native peoples in the Americas , in Australasia , and elsewhere around the world was of little consequence since these peoples were only pagans and might not even possess souls. They were slaves by nature. God had made them like that. Christian scholars and pseudo-scientists concurred. Sample non-Christians were kept in western Human zoos - Racist theme parks for Europe ’s colonists in the nineteenth century. There was an Australian aborigine in London Zoo

A Congolese pygmy named Ota Benga (1881- 1916) shared a cage with an orang-utan in the Bronx Zoo as late as 1906 .

Colonisation by European powers was seen as a God given opportunity for spreading the gospel to the heathen. It was a Christian duty, even when it led to the deaths of millions. God encouraged colonisation. He showed the way. He spoke to churchmen. He cleared the path for colonialists. His Churches were keen to convert or replace native heathen populations. Both Catholic and Protestant Churches encouraged colonialism. Typically, in Africa , missionaries would advance into new territories. Sooner or later they would sow discord, encouraging rebellion against unsympathetic local rulers. When bloodshed followed the Churches would appeal to European governments to intervene, and another territory would be annexed. This process seems to have accounted for more than half of the European colonies in Africa . Churches were often guilty of complicity in massacres and atrocities resulting from colonial policy. For example King Leopold was granted control of the Congo in 1885 explicitly to bring Christianity to the benighted heathen. The atrocities perpetrated by his government in the Belgian Congo - the extensive use of slave labour and assorted murderous practices - were first concealed, then minimised by the Roman Church.  Colonization was regarded by almost all Christians as wholly good, divinely sanctioned and necessary, well into the twentieth century.

African intellectuals who criticized the European clichés in the twenties and thirties made several arguments. (1) European conquest itself was barbaric . There was wide agreement about the barbarism of the “civilizing hordes”, from the West African essayist Tovalou Houénou to Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore ….


On A Neglected Aspect Of Western Racism


For more than half a century - from the beginning of the 1870s to the end of the 1930s - the exposition of so-called exotic peoples in zoological gardens and international expositions attracted a huge public eager to be fascinated by the unfamiliar and the unknown. Throughout Western Europe travelling exhibits of non-European natives were recurring features of zoological gardens where they eclipsed the drawing power of the more usual animal exhibits. Both exhibits were isolated by fences that variously protected sometimes the animals and more often the public; but in the cases of the human exhibits the main purpose of the fences seems to have been to stress the distinction between them and us. All explanations had one common goal: to provide conclusive evidence for the inherent superiority of the victors. The "human zoos" became one piece of evidence in the search for that goal. In addition they were seen as providing evidence for the then familiar family tree that illustrated man's origins from monkeys and apes, through various stages of development, to the Europeans at the top of the tree. Clearly, the exhibition of Africans in European zoos helped to convince the spectators that they were members of a superior race with a superior culture.

(source: Christianity, Apartheid and Racialism - and The parade of the vanquished and On A Neglected Aspect Of Western Racism By  Kurt Jonassohn.  

Colonial Indology - Acceptance of A Racist Theory

"The very ink with which all history is written is merely fluid prejudice"  

- Mark Twain author of Following the Equator.  


It is gratifying to note that people like Swami Vivekananda, Aurobindo Ghosh, Dadabhai Naoroji and Dr. B R Ambedkar did not have appetite for racial theories, because, as Naoroji put it, they were unrealistic and often used to prove the inferiority of Asians. 

One does not grudge the British rulers of India their policy, but one may justifiably ask why such racist theory was accepted, some oppositions notwithstanding, by all and sundry not merely among the Indian masses but also among most of the professional historians and archaeologists till today. The roots of Hindu bigotry do not lie in the glorification of ancient India but in the historical acceptance of a demeaning racist theory which equated the history of ancient India to that of Aryan colonization. 

Only one among our great political leaders saw through the hollowness of the Aryan theory. In his book, Who were the Shudras? In 1946 B R Ambedkar devoted a complete chapter – Shudras versus Aryans – to examine the issue. Citing extensively the Vedic sources which suggest that the distinction between an Arya and Dasa/Dasyu was not racial distinction of color and physiognomy and thus the origin of Sudra could not have anything to do with race, Ambedkar stated the following: 

“That the theory of the Aryan race set up by Western writers fails to the ground at every point goes without saying….Anyone who comes to scrutinize the theory will find that it suffers from a ‘double infection.’ In the first place, the theory is based on nothing but pleasing assumptions and the inferences based on such assumptions. In the second place, the theory is a perversion of scientific investigation. It is not allowed to evolve out of facts. On the contrary the theory is preconceived and facts are selected to prove it. (Ambedkar 1970 73 – 73). 

Dr. Ambedkar was aware of the hold of this theory over the masses and scholars alike. He offered a succinct explanation. 

“The Aryan race theory is so absurd that it ought to have been dead long ago. But far from being dead, the theory has a considerable hold upon the people. There are two explanations which account for this phenomenon. The first explanation is to be found in the support which the theory receives from the Brahmin scholars. This is a very strange phenomenon. As Hindus, they should ordinarily show a dislike for the Aryan theory with its express avowal of the superiority of the European races over the Asiatic races. But the Brahmin scholar has not only no such aversion but he most willingly hails. The reason are obvious. The Brahmin believes in the two-nation theory. He claims to be the representative of the Aryan race and he regards the rest of the Hindus as descendants of the non-Aryans. The theory helps him to establish his kinship with the European races and share their arrogance and superiority. He like particularly that part of the theory which makes the Aryan invader and conqueror of the non-Aryan native races. For it helps him to maintain and justify his overlordship over the non-Brahmins."

"The second explanation why the Aryan race theory is not dead because of the general insistence by the European scholars that the word varna means color and the acceptance of that view by a majority of the Brahmin scholars. Indeed, this is the mainstay of the Aryan theory. "

Dr. Amdedkar could clearly see the implications of such ill-founded hypotheses which colonial Indology imposed on India and which Indian scholars went on repeating ad nauseam.  

(source: Colonial Indology: Sociopolitics of the Ancient Indian Past - By Dilip K. Chakrabarti  p. 226 - 228). For more on Western Biased Scholarship, refer to chapter on First Indologists and European Imperialism. Refer to The Dangers of Aryan Invasion Theory - BBC.  Refer to The Aryan Myth: A History of Racist and Nationalistic Ideas in Europe - By Leon Poliakov and The Myth of Aryan Invasion of India - By M L Goel

A. K. (Anthony Kennedy) Warder is a scholar of Indology, mostly in Buddhist studies and related fields, such as the Pāli and Sanskrit languages. He has written 15 books and numerous articles. He currently holds the title of Professor Emeritus of Sanskrit in the School of East Asian Studies in the University of Toronto. Writing years after Independence, he notes: 

“The standard imperialist version of Indian history, worked out during the colonial period, is now, most remarkably, taken for granted among modern Indian historians of almost all persuasions, not least among them the ‘Marxists’ (who in this respect remain Hegelians; S. A. Dange is an honourable exception), as well as among academic historians in all other countries, again regardless of political persuasions.”

(source: Contending paradigms of Indian history: Did India lack historical agency? - By Shivaji Singh).  Refer to Communist Historians: The Enemy Within – By Yvette Rosser.


Foisting Western Myths on Rest of the world - Columbus discovered America, St. Thomas in India, Churchill, the Lionheart?, Saintly Mother Teresa and Aryan Invasion Theory.

The Imperialist History of India
A Mythical India?

What is the gist of this British imperialist-tailored Indian history? 

In this history, India is portrayed as the land “conquered” first by the ‘Dravidians’, then by the ‘Aryans’, later by Muslims, and finally by the British. Otherwise, everything else is mythical. Our history books today exhibit this obsession with foreign rule. 

For example, even though the Mughal rule from Akbar to Aurangzeb is about 150 years, which is much shorter than the 350 year rule of the Vijayanagaram empire, the history books of today hardly take notice of the latter. In fact the territory under Krishna Devaraya’s rule was much larger than Akbar’s, and yet it is the latter who is called “the Great”. Such a version suited the British rules who had sought to create a legitimacy for their presence in India.  

Furthermore, we were also made to see advantages accruing from British rule, the primary one being that India was united by this colonialism, and that but for the British, India would never have been one country.  Thus, the concept of India itself is owed to the plunder of colonialists. On the contrary, there was always as India which from north to south, thought of fundamentally as one country.  Just as Hinduism exists from ancient days despite a lack of a Church, Book, or Pope, Hindustan too existed from time immemorial but without the parameters of a modern state. The invading Muslims and the British on the contrary tried to disrupt that unity by destroying the traditional communication channels and educational structures.

It is this foreign version that makes us out to be foreigners in our own land. The Aryan-Dravidian divide in the history taught in schools and universities is purely a conception of foreign historians like Max Mueller and has no basis in Indian historical records. This fraudulent history had been lapped up by north Indians, and by south Indian Brahmins, as their racial passport to Europe. Such was the demoralization of the Hindu mind, which we have to shake off through a new factual account of our past.

The accepted history of no country can however be structured on foreign accounts of it. But Nehru and his Leftist cronies did just that, and thus generations of Indians have been brainwashed by this falsified history of India.  The time has come for us to take seriously our Puranic sources and to re-construct a realistic well-founded history of ancient India, a history written by Indians about Indians. Such a history should bring out the amazing continuity of a Hindu nation which asserts its identity again and again. It should focus on the fact that at the centre of our political thought is the concept of the Chakravartin ideal – to defend  the nation from external aggression while giving maximum internal autonomy to the janapadas.  A correct, defalsified history would record that Hindustan was one nation in the art of governance, in the style of royal courts, in the methods of warfare, in the maintenance of its agrarian base, and in the dissemination of information. Sanskrit was the language of national communication and discourse. In particular, it was not Hindu submission as alleged by JNU historians that was responsible for our subjugation but lack of unity and effective military strategy.

(source: Fraudulent history of India - By Dr. Subramanian Swamy - and Falsification of Chronology in India’s History - By Dr. Subramaniam Swamy -  Refer to Communist Historians: The Enemy Within – By Yvette Rosser.


Indians as Inferior Race?  Racism in British India.

Lord Mayo (1822 - 1872) declared, "We are all British gentlemen engaged in the magnificent work of governing an inferior race in India."

(Note: The legacy of Western civilization to the world - Dark Ages, Crusades, The Inquisition, Witch Hunt, Slavery, Colonization of Africa, Asia, America and Australia, Imperialism, World Wars, Holocaust, Bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Conversion and destruction of Native cultures to Christianity, Drugs, School shootings in American schools, Gun violence, Racism, Clergy sex Abuse, Viagra spamming American Capitalism, quest for individualism, Iraq war …. ). 

For Cruelty inflicted by Christianity - Watch Constantine's Sword movie - By Oren Jacoby

(image source: Imperial Lives in the Victorian Raj - By David Gilmour). 

To undermine the corporate Hindu identity the theory was first concocted by the British Imperialists and then taught for decades after Independence to captive students by Romila Thapar and her cohorts.

Watch Lost / Submerged city of DwarakaThe Learning Channel video. Watch video Hinduism - By Hindu American Foundation. Refer to What Every "Ugly American" Must Know about the "Civilized British - For more refer to European Imperialism and Holy warriors in the US armed forces and Christian embassy and Officers Christian fellowship and Ambassadors for Christian Dominion in Uniform.


Eurocentrism and History of India

Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964) first prime minister of free India, was more than a deeply moral human being. He yearned for spiritual light. He was particularly drawn to Swami Vivekananda and the Sri Ramakrishna Ashram. The Upanishads fascinated him.

Regarding Euro centrism, he wrote in his book The Discovery of India:  

"Till recently many European thinkers imagined that everything that was worthwhile had its origins in Greece or Rome."

Nehru has lamented: 

"How few of us know of these great achievements of our past, how few realize that if India was great in thought and philosophy, she was equally great in action. Most westerners still imagine ancient history is largely concerned with the Mediterranean countries, and medieval and modern history is dominated by the quarrelsome little continent of Europe."

Euro centrism attributes historical superiority or priority to Europeans over all others. The fundamental assumption that progress is somehow permanent and natural in the European part of the world but not elsewhere, and progress elsewhere is mainly the result of the diffusion of innovative ideas and products from Europe and Europeans. 

For more on Eurocentrism refer to chapter on Glimpses XIVRefer to chapter on First Indologists and European Imperialism and Suvarnabhumi. Refer to Communist Historians: The Enemy Within – By Yvette Rosser.

Refer to QuickTime trailer and Part One of the film The God Awful Truth and Watch An Invasion through Conversion - Refer to A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom - By Andrew Dickinson White - Watch Sex crimes and the Vatican -

Common genetic traits - Aryan theory demolished
Time to give this theory a decent burial now in our school history books?

An international team of genetic scientists has ruled out the theory of Aryan invasion of the Indian sub-continent.

“The age old argument that there was an Aryan invasion of the sub-continent is simply bunkum.

Scientific studies prove that there is no such thing as Aryan Indian or Dravidian Indian. Genetic high resolution studies carried out by us prove that all Indians are derived from same grandgrand parents who arrived here 60,000-70,000 years ago from Africa ,” Dr Gyaneshwer Chaubey, a scientist of the team, told Deccan Chronicle.

Dr Chaubey, a member of the scientific community at the Instituteof Molecular an d Cell Biology, University of Tartu , Estonia , said the research also proved that all Indians had common genetic traits irrespective of the regions to which they belonged.

“It took us four years to complete the study and we analysed 12,200 samples to reach this conclusion,” said Dr Chaubey.

“Genetic studies help us to establish relations between populations. We focussed on the paternal (Y chromosomes) and maternal DNA genealogies. The data which we generated does not support any major influx to the subcontinent other than the earlier arrival of migrants from Africa ,” he said.

“The present day caste/creed/religion is of indigenous origin,” said Dr Chaubey.

(source: Common genetic traits - Aryan theory demolished and Aryan theory demolished).

Agenda driven theory

Michael Wood (1948 - ) British broadcaster and historian, has done some great documentaries in the past - India: Empire of the Spirit and Barbarian West. However in his new PBS series – Story of India he reiterates the myth of Aryan Invasion and Dravidians as the original settlers of India in spite of the mounting evidence against it. 

A US-based Hindu advocacy group has taken strong objection to historian Michael Wood's documentary The Story of India,’ being telecast on public television, describing its presentation of the Aryan Migration Theory (AMT) as ‘agenda driven.’ Rejecting the theory, the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) said India has always been the cradle of Hindu civilization and there is no debate about it.

"This theory, that is not supported by archaeological evidence, was first posited by European Indologists and British colonialists, eventually finding support from a section of India's politically motivated linguists and historians such as Romila Thapar, and famously, controversial Harvard linguist, Michael Witzel," she said.

This theory, the HAF believes, is ‘agenda-driven’. In his documentary, HAF says, Wood holds that the early Hindu practice of worshipping devas, or demigods representing elements, ‘somehow implies that these practices were imported from Central Asia.’ "There is no debate that India was always the cradle of Hindu civilisation, and the Vedas, the Hindu's holiest scriptures, are the recorded history of our ancestors," said Suhag Shukla, HAF's Managing Director.  The AMT is reviled by many Hindus, he said, due to its implicit proposition that a tribe of ‘Aryans’ migrated into the Indian subcontinent, subjugated an indigenous people dispersing them to South India and established a caste system where the highest castes are comprised of ‘Aryans’ in an ethno-religious apartheid system. This ‘explosive theory’ that narrates that Aryans were only the first colonizers -- followed by Greeks, Mongols, Turks, Persians -- was used by European historians to justify the last foreign claim on India, the British Raj, he added. However, he asserted, it is the latest genetic evidence, based on chromosomal and DNA analysis, that scientists believe definitively discredits the AMT.

(source: Hindu group in America objects to ‘The Story of India’ - Refer to Communist Historians: The Enemy Within – By Yvette Rosser. For more refer to chapter on Glimpses XXII

Controversies and Omissions in the PBS Documentary  

Based on the findings of the archeological excavations, it is crystal clear that the theory of Aryan Invasion is nothing more than a myth and all humans except Africans, have ancestors in the Indian peninsula. They can trace their ancestry that appeared between 10,000 and 50,000 years ago in Northern part of India or more precisely from South Asia .

The evolution of the Sanskrit language can be traced to 3100 BC in the Indian subcontinent. Therefore, Sanskrit, the language of the Vedas originated in India . There is no reason for us to doubt that the similarity that we see between Sanskrit and other European languages is due to the migration of the population that started 50000 years back from Indian peninsula and has continued since then. These facts were easily available to anyone, especially to Michael Wood, who was involved in creating epic of such phenomenal nature. One would expect that the show of such magnitude will identify controversies and present both sides of the stories. There was no reason for a historian like Michael Wood to ignore the existence of the Maratha Empire, since it is more recent history and all the documented evidence is readily available. It is very sad that the historian of such calibre failed to catch this controversy and omitted 200 years of recent history that changed the fate of India . In doing that he has done disservice to Indian people especially to Hindus. His views are more Euro-centric.

Controversies and Omissions in the PBS Documentary - By Vijay Shertukde). Refer to Bradshaw Foundation.

Frits Staal’s Bird Watching 
Ganesha Phallus type of Research?

Analyzing the sounds Frits Staal came to the conclusion that mantras could belong to a pre-language era since:

  • Mantras are language independent: Anything in language can be translated whereas mantras remain the same in all languages.
  • Mantras, even though they seem to be in a language like Sanskrit, are not used for their meaning.
  • Mantras follow patterns, like refrain, which is not seen in language.

This school of scholarship looks in the most unlikeliest places to find something that doesn’t exist there and then concludes: see, I told you, it isn’t there! In a paper devoted to studying Mantras, why is Staal bothered about whether they existed in the pre-language era? 

But as we see, this serves a point: to prove that Mantras are basically a string of sounds mindlessly repeated just for the kicks and therefore meaningless. It becomes very easy to reach this conclusion if you “prove” that Mantras belonged to the pre-language age: when bark-covered humans roamed around the earth emitting meaningless sounds called Mantras. Staal’s boundless genius shows the way.

It isn’t worth commenting except that Michael Wood is a layman version of Staal. Wood is just another Westerner thoroughly enchanted with the “exotic” India but can never understand it. If Staal–for all Indology scholarship–is compelled to display his ignorance about something as simple as Mantras, which Indians understand intuitively.


Staal’s paper again reaffirms my conclusive faith in the utter uselessness of Western Indological scholarship. His bird-sound-comparison is fundamentally flawed because he bases his thesis on disciplines unrelated to Indology like ornithology. Unlike Semitic faiths, genuine Indological scholarship is only possible if you live Hinduism. Textual reading will get you professorships, not insights. Worse, as in Staal’s case, they lead to ill-understood speculations and even worse, perversions like Wendy’s Children have unleashed on the world. People who are not from the system better not attempt to interpret the hymns. (Refer to Invading the Sacred).

This is a caution not a prohibition because Hinduism is an experiential religion. Unless you are rooted in its experience and tradition, you’re bound to produce the meandering mass of misunderstanding that is Staal’s paper. Only a handful of scholars like David Frawley and Koenraad Elst have taken the pain to get to the roots of understanding Sanatana Dharma. Note the difference in clarity between these scholars and Staal. The reason why Staal and his ilk fail so miserably is their approach to studying Hinduism. It is a mercenary approach, which hardly works. The spirit of Sanatana Dharma is one of opening up: opening up our entire being to understand it.

(source: Frits Staal’s Bird Watching - Refer to How Old our Mantras? - 



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