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Update On The AIT*
Dr. Koenraad Elst
[*Original format available atVoice of Dharma]
This book on the developing arguments concerning the¯Aryan Invasion Theory consistsof adapted versions of papers I have read: the first at the World Association of 
icStudies (WAVES) conference on the Indus-Saraswat¯i civilization in Atlanta 1996, the thirdat the 1996 Annual South Asia conference in Madison, Wisconsin and in a lecture at theLinguistics Department in Madison; the fifth contains material used in my paper readat the second WAVES conference in Los Angeles 1998; the second and fourth were readat lectures for the Belgo-Indian Association, Brussels, and at the Etnografisch Museum,Antwerp. Overlaps have been kept to a minimum. Here and there, sections of my book
Indigenous Indians
(Voice of India 1993, outdated as far as the fast-moving¯Aryan invasiondebate is concerned) have been reused in adapted form.My thanks are due to the late Dr. L`eon Poliakov and to Dr. Bernard Sergent for ourcorrespondence; to Prof. B. B. Lal, Prof. A. K. Narain, Prof. Andrew Sihler, Prof. LambertIsebaert, Dr. Herman Seldeslachts, Dr. Erik Seldeslachts, Dr. Edwin Bryant, Dr. BeatriceReusch, Mr. Jose Calazans, Mr. Bhagwan Singh and Mr. Shrikant Talageri for the enlight-ening discussions; and to Mrs. Yamini Liu, Mrs. Manju Jhaver, Mr. Krishna Bhatnagar(and friends), Dr. Manohar Shinde and Mr. Shrichand Chawla for their material help. Ialso thank the publishers for their patience: it so happens that the writing and editingprocess has been bedeviled by technical and other hurdles.The greatest hurdle has been my own anxiety in treading unsure ground, where everyhypothesis which is now carrying the day may be blown away by a new discovery tomorrow.Even now, it hurts to release a book in mid-debate, knowing that much of it will bedated by the time a new consensus will have evolved. But then, I am confident that thispainful awareness of uncertainty has been the right attitude and the best starting-pointfor uprooting the false certainties of some and for clearing the bewilderment of others.While too many debaters are still at base one, unfamiliar with the newest arguments andinsufficiently alert to the strong and weak points of the several types of evidence in thebalance, I hope this books helps the debate in moving on and reaching its conclusion.Koenraad ElstBrecht (Belgium)20 May 1999

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