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The Aryan Homeland Debate in India

Shereen Ratnagar

in Selective Remembrances

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780226450582
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226450643 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226450643.003.0013
The Aryan Homeland Debate in India

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This chapter outlines what historical linguistics tells us about the Indo-European homeland and about the Indo-Iranian language(s) during the period 5000 to 2000 BC. It shows how the Hindutva political movement has pursued its “politics of exclusion and of upper-caste dominance” by invoking a primordial past free of later alien intruders. This chapter also reviews considerable linguistic and archaeological data that seriously question the politically motivated mythologized vision of ancient India.

Keywords: Indo-European homeland; Indo-Iranian languages; Hindutva political movement; exclusion; upper-caste dominance; ancient India

Chapter.  12635 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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