The Myth of the Aryan Invasion of India by DavidFrawley
One of the most controversial ideas about Hinduhistory is the Aryan invasion theory.This theory, originally devised by F.
in1848, traces the history of Hinduism to theinvasionof India’s indigenous people by lighter skinned Aryansaround 1500 BCE.The theory was reinforced by other research over thenext 120 years, and became the acceptedhistory ofHinduism, not only in the West but in India.
There is now ample evidence to show that Muller, andthose who followed him, were wrong.
Why is the theory no longer accepted?The Aryan invasion theory was based on archaeological,linguistic and ethnological evidence.Later research has either discredited this evidence,or provided new evidence that combined withtheearlier evidence makes other explanations more likely.Modern historians of the area no longer believe thatsuch invasions had such great influence onIndianhistory.It’s now generally accepted that Indianhistory shows a continuity of progress from theearliesttimes to today.The changes brought to India by other cultures are notdenied by modern historians, but they areno longerthought to be a major ingredient in the development ofHinduism.
Dangers of the theory
The Aryan invasion theory denies the Indian origin ofpredominant culture, but gives the creditfor Indian culture to invaders from elsewhere.It even teaches that some of the most revered books of hindu scripture are not actually Indian,and it devalues India’s culture by portraying it as less ancient than it actually is.The theory was not just wrong, it included unacceptably racist ideas:it suggested that Indian culture was not a culture in its own right, but a synthesis of elementsfrom other cultures