Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Aryan invasion - 'a western myth'

Aryan invasion story is 'a western myth', says
Dr Pramod Pathak

The full text can be read in http://indiapost.com/article/communitypost/2090/

India Post News Service (Sunday, 02.17.2008, 10:11pm (GMT-7)

CHICAGO: An eminent Indologist and a visiting professor at the
University of Houston, Dr Pramod Pathak has challenged the basis of
age old theory perpetrated by Western scholars about the invasion by
Aryans in India and of driving the Dasuys South ward.Talking to the
media in Chicago, Dr Pathak said that his study and research revealed
that the Aryan invasion theory is a myth and it is perpetuated by the
English scholars from the time of their invasion of India in the 17th
century.The British regime fabricated the history of India to suit
their motive to establish and perpetuate their political, social and
religions institutions in India.

They would succeed in their nefarious game because they had both the
political power and opportunity to misguide the Indian people. It is
now an accepted historical fact that Max Muller promoted the invasion
theory and accordingly formulated the dates of Vedic origin and the
differences in Aryan and Dravidian cultures so that English rulers
could divide the societies bringing out the issues of race and
color.Max Muller, according to historians was a British employee,
specially appointed to rewrite the history of India.

This becomes obvious as one refers to Lord McCauley, who wrote that in
order to perpetuate the English rule and institutions in India they
should "produce such a group of people, who would be Indian in blood
and color, but English in taste, opinion and intellect."

Explaining thegenesis of the subject,
he said that when he was working for his Ph.D.
thesis he came across the hymn II.34 in the Atharva Veda in praise of
the God Pashupati.

It praises the Lord of beasts - Pashupati, who
historians later considered as the master of quadruped and bipeds.

He immediately correlated it with the famous Pashupati seal form the
Indus Culture and presented a paper in the Archaeological conference,
which was well received. It appeared that the seal was pictorial
representation of the AV hymn II.34. It led him to consider the
possibility that followers of Atharva Veda were part of the Indus

Dwelling further on this aspect he continued to observe that
in the Rigveda there were conflicting entities, namely Aryans and
Dasas. Rig-Vedic hymns describe that Indra destroyed ninety-nine
"pur"s of Dasas.

These "pur"s are described as "ayasi" i.e. metallic.

According to the current and prevailing views, Aryans invaded India, destroyed the
culture there and established their hegemony. Their main enemies were
the "Dasa" people.

Dr Pathak said, "I had the opportunity to study the
Indo-Iranian texts. These texts mention people called "Daha", "Dahae"
or Dasa.

These Daha people belonged to the southern part of Iran. I
then came across references to the tribe called "Dahamarda" stayingin
the Seistan province of Afghanistan.

Their villages were named as "Deh" i.e. "Desha" and name of one
village was "Dah bashi Deh". It is fully Sanskrit origin name i.e.
"Dasa Bhashi Desha". It raised doubts as to whether the enemies of the
Aryans were in India or in South Afghanistan.

Further studies in the
environment of Afghanistan revealed that very intense winds blow in
Afghanistan for four months.

These are known as "Bad-isad-o-bist".

According to some Iranian
sources this name is of Sanskrit origin. "Bad" is "Vata" i.e. wind, "
Sad" is Shata and "bista" is "vimshati" i.e. twenty. All that meant
winds of hundred and twenty days i.e. exactly the four months. These
winds have resulted in great erosion of the landscape in the deserts
of central and south western Afghanistan and created thousands of
small circular butts or hillocks formed due to wind erosion.

These are capped with stone cover of red stones, called Suhr-da-Gall
i.e. red earth in local language. There was an excellent paper by
Wilhelm Rau "Meaning of Purs in the Vedic literature". He concluded
that Vedic "Pur"s do not represent well laid cities of Indus but were
temporary shelters made of stones.

All this information fitted so well
to confirm that Dasas of the Rig-Vedic lore were the people from
Seistan, Afghanistan.

Their temporary bastions were the "Pur"s destroyed by Indra as
mentioned the Vedas. These evidences greatly changed my opinion, which
I had learnt as a student and even after.

So the idea that Aryans
invaded India and enslaved local people, whom they called Dravidians
were definitely preplanned and perpetrated on the Indian subjects by
the British rulers with ulterior motives of advancing their interest
of promoting their own religious and educational values, said Dr
Pramod Pathak.Dr Parhak is a Visiting Professor at the University of
Houston and conducted courses on History and Culture of India.

He is the founder member of the Mahatma Gandhi Library at Houston and
invited lecturer at the interfaith meets and Unity Church at Houston.
He has written eight books and several research articles on the Vedic
and Ideological topics and on Ramayana. He is an expert on the Indus
culture seals and has given interpretations of these.He studied the
history of Ancient Afghanistan and wrote a book "The Afghan
Connection" based on these studies.

It deals with pre-Buddhist ethno-archaeology of Afghanistan. The idea
that Sanskrit was an alien language and a Central Asian Race (Aryan)
invaded India and brought with them their language, Sanskrit was
promoted by Western scholars in order to show that Aryans were also
invaders like Greeks, Huns, Arabs, Mughals and later English and

They wanted to deny that India from time immemorial was called,
"Aryavart". Its inhabitants were called Aryas and the ancient borders
of India extended up to Iran. So the ancient Iranians continue to
called themselves as Aryans. The details of these and many other
findings on the Vedic entities are to be found in his book, "The
Afghan Connection".

(Report by Surendra Ullal)

No comments: