So Aryan Invasion Theory is passe. Now a new era begins of Aryan Migration Theory (AMT). But what is the agenda of the Westerners? What are they trying to achieve? Why do they keep peddling this theory but refuse to give any evidence that the migration of Aryans was from Europe to India, and not from India to Europe? We are not going to accept that Aryans came from Europe to India just because — umm — it would be nice for the white man. We want proof of the direction of migration. How do the Westerners know that Aryans did not go from India to Europe?
Hindu group in US objects to ‘The Story of India’
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.
The AMT theorises that in 1500 BCE pastoral tribes that came to be known as Aryans, migrated from Central Europe to Northwest India eventually dispersing indigenous people and imposing their own culture.
“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.’
While referring ‘obliquely’ to the Aryan Migration Theory as controversial, HAF said, Wood fails to present contrary evidence that many scientists believe refutes the claim that the progenitors of Hindu civilisation came from west of the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan.
“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.
“We strongly oppose the insulting theory–advanced by agenda-driven activist historians — that our rishis, the great sages who composed the Vedas, were foreign to India, and Wood does viewers a disservice in not presenting both sides of the coin, in an otherwise admirable work,” he said.
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.