Discovering Pakistan

5, 000 years of Civilization & Culture

The Theory of Aryan Race and India

The idea that ancient India was invaded and conquered by fair-skinned, war-like Indo-European tribes from Central Asia who subsequently overthrew the indigenous Indus Valley Civilization and introduced horses, Sanskrit and primitive Hinduism to the Indian subcontinent has long been considered a historical fact. In this paper, Indian historian Romila Thapar discusses the colonial origins of the “Aryan Invasion” theory and reviews the archaeological and literary evidence that is now putting it to question.

Read the complete paper here, published in the Social Scientist in Jan – March, 1996.

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This entry was posted on February 19, 2013 by in Academic Papers, Early History, Hinduism, Vedic Period and tagged , , , , , , , .
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