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What does AIT stand for

AIT stands for Aryan Invasion Theory. It also stands for any number of successor Theories such as Aryan Influx Theory, Aryan Migration Theory...In fact any theory that subscribes to  a "Anywhere but India'' (ABT)  for the origin of the Vedics will do just as well as a surrogate for AIT

What is the essential content of AIT

What were the Basic Postulates of AIT – that a race of nomadic Aryans came thundering across the passes of the Hindu Kush mountain range on horse drawn chariots ,much like Ben Hur  as depicted in the Hollywood movie and overcame the sedentary urban civilization of the Indus river valleys who happened to belong to the Dravidian race and then shortly thereafter in short order decided to compose the entire gamut of Vedic Literature from the Vedas, puranas, the smritis, the Brahmanas the Upanishads and the Itihaas of India. If this is was what really happened, the transformation from Central Asian Nomads  to the intellectual speculations inherent in the Vedic literature must surely rank as one of the most rapid transformations in human history. Never mind that there never has been a central Asian nomad, amongst the subsequent  invaders of India who has been capable of  any chanting, much less the chanting of sanskrit slokas which require years of practice
See for instance http://www.boloji.com/architecture/00002.htm

What did the postulation of AIT accomplish

Postulated a discontinuity between the Vedics and the Saraswathi Sindhu Civilization, and assigned a much more recent date to the Vedics and hopelessly confused the issue of the precedence of the Vedics.

Postulated the presence of two new races, Aryan and Dravidian, a racial nomenclature that was custom fitted to the Indian peninsula to suit the need of the colonial overlord for emphasizing the diversity of ethnic and linguistic communities in the subcontinent. When it became unfashionable to be Aryan, especially when the Germans, courtesy of Nietzsche and others elevated the category to the status of a master race, the nomenclature was changed to Indo - European and this has since morphed into various other names.  Despite the lack of a proper definition both terms continue to be used ad nauseum when referring to certain ethnic groups in the Indian subcontinent and also as the defining word in the ‘AIT’ acronym. I may be forgiven for avoiding use of the word as much as possible, as I remain ignorant of the defining characteristics of the Aryan people.


Ergo, the Vedics became aliens to the subcontinent and became associated with the mythical Aryans, a noun which is never used in the Vedas, with all its 20th century fascist connotations. The communists in India have now latched on to this  notion of the mythical Aryans and have decided that henceforth  they will refer to any Hindu who does not conform to their jaundiced view of Indian history, as not only Aryan but also a fascist. Such a notion was (and is) of course lapped up very willingly by the western press, as the irony of a fascist Brahmana priest performing a puja clad only in a loin cloth was too delicious to pass up and thus was born the nirvana, the piece de resistance of the cliché kingdom, the ad hominem of choice, the Hindutva[1] fascist. So lavishly is this appellation now applied to the millions of inhabitants of the Indian subcontinent, creating thereby the spectacle of the first instance of an impoverished fascist in the known galaxy and so widespread is this outlandish and absurd notion of the fascist Hindutva, that it has spawned at least one PhD thesis[2], more than a half a dozen books, excoriating the straw man of a  Hindu nationalist’ and is a major contributor to the bandwidth of the internet discussions on the sociology of India


To top it off, the caste system was now associated with these marauding but anthropologically non-existent Aryan people.


The conclusion was inescapable –the British were simply a latter version of the Aryans to have conquered India and had as much legitimacy to remain and rule India as did the original Vedics.


Meanwhile back at the ranch, the defeated and displaced Dravidians allegedly retreated to the south and formed the bulk of the downtrodden castes (the castes were now delineated and created very conveniently and fortuitously by the colonial overlord who was never at a loss to miss such a golden opportunity as this) of modern India – gave rise to the plethora of Dravidian parties in the state of Tamilnadu. So much so that today no party can get elected in the southern state of Tamil Nadu without the appellation of Dravidian tacked on to its name.  

To this day many Indians remain oblivious to the glaring fact that there is not a shred of evidence for this set of egregious hypotheses masquerading as a theory and the reasons for this sad state of affairs with the resulting disastrous effects on the body politic of the Indian Republic are too obvious to recount here. We trust we will have the opportunity to elaborate on these consequences in a later section, should there be need to do so. It needs to be emphasized, if we have not done so already that the reason we recommend discarding the AIT is not because its  implications on the body politic are disastrous, but we do so simply because it  is false and its adoption leads to many inconsistencies in Indic history. The notion that we have to retrofit our history falsely in order to cater to the prevailing dogma or theorie du jour in the west, as a way of demonstrating our commitment to diversity is anathema to us

Why is the West so obsessed with the notion that Aryans invaded India given that there does not exist any race or ethnic group termed Aryan ?

This is what makes it so inexplicable. The obsession with associating themselves with an Aryan race has its roots in European history. For many centuries the semitic speaking people in the Mediterranean from Carthage to Tyre and Sidon were the Civilizational pace setters and this remained so until  Rome burned and destroyed Carthage in the third Punic war.  The Europeans prided themselves on their Greek  ( and Roman Heritage) heritage , so much so that the architecture throughout Europe and America tries to emulate that of the Golden age of Greece. When they finally discovered that Greece was a relative late comer on the world scene, it was a major blow to their self image especially after they discovered the antiquity of Babylon and Egypt. When  Sir William Jones discovered Sanskrit, namely its antiquity and its vocabulary cognate to that of Europe, it was even a bigger blow to their ego. The very notion that they had to share a common heritage with the unwashed millions of natives in India, not to mention the very real possibility that their language was indeed a derivative of Sanskrit was abhorrent. So , in order to circumvent such theories and to distance themselves as much as possible from the Indics they posited the existence of the proto Indo European Language and theorized that the bulk of the European languages and their Asian siblings (Persian, Sanskrit and the other Indic languages) derived from a common source  of language and people whom they called Aryans ( I kid you not).

To explain the presence of of such a highly sophisticated Grammar and if we may quote Sir William himself, required increasing amount of intellectual gymnastics

The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either, yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs and in the forms of grammar, than could possibly have been produced by accident; so strong indeed, that no philologer could examine them all three, without believing them to have sprung from some common source, which, perhaps, no longer exists: there is a similar reason, though not quite so forcible, for supposing that both the Gothic and the Celtic, though blended with a very different idiom, had the same origin with the Sanskrit; and the old Persian might be added to the same family, if this were the place for discussing any question concerning the antiquities of Persia.


 

The result of this realization was the postulate that the newly invented Aryans endowed  with abundant nomadic flair for destruction and  mayhem invaded (the latest version eschews the word invaded and sticks with the politically more correct terminology of acculturation through migration to ) India  around 1500 BCE and slowly infiltrated the country with their language and in the process transformed themselves from the nomads on horse drawn chariots to a sedentary people interested more in meditation and knowledge about the cosmos all in the space of within 200 years at a time during 1500 BCE when the earth  as devoid of such intellectual droids  as the personal computer and equally devoid of such compelling technologies as the  email and few were in a tearing hurry to pick up esoteric words from a esoteric language such as sanskrit. Despite the incredulous nature of this postulate it soon developed a life of its own, until there was another momentous discovery in the shape of the Indic Saraswati civilization  which was found to be older than  anything known at that time .  This put the Indologists (rhymes with entomologists and Egyptologists) in a bind. To accommodate the new realities, they cemented the chronology of the Indics, so that they the Indics could never claim an antiquity greater than that or Ancient Greece and that for some  mysterious reason were not  present in the Indian subcontinent till after the departure of the Harappans. This new found chronology slapped together in a very sloppy manner thus became the official history of the Republic of India.


[1] Please see glossary in the linguistics section for meanings of words of Indic or Sanskritic origin

[2] Incidentally this thesis and the accompanying books by Dr. Koenraad Elst are  definitely a landmark in the sense that he has  marshaled a compelling narrative of why such an appellation in the Indian subcontinent is without relevance and in fact without any meaning whatsoever


 


 

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What does AIT stand for

AIT stands for Aryan Invasion Theory. It also stands for any number of successor Theories such as Aryan Influx Theory, Aryan Migration Theory...In fact any theory that subscribes to  a "Anywhere but India'' (ABT)  for the origin of the Vedics will do just as well as a surrogate for AIT

What is the essential content of AIT

What were the Basic Postulates of AIT – that a race of nomadic Aryans came thundering across the passes of the Hindu Kush mountain range on horse drawn chariots ,much like Ben Hur  as depicted in the Hollywood movie and overcame the sedentary urban civilization of the Indus river valleys who happened to belong to the Dravidian race and then shortly thereafter in short order decided to compose the entire gamut of Vedic Literature from the Vedas, puranas, the smritis, the Brahmanas the Upanishads and the Itihaas of India. If this is was what really happened, the transformation from Central Asian Nomads  to the intellectual speculations inherent in the Vedic literature must surely rank as one of the most rapid transformations in human history. Never mind that there never has been a central Asian nomad, amongst the subsequent  invaders of India who has been capable of  any chanting, much less the chanting of sanskrit slokas which require years of practice
See for instance http://www.boloji.com/architecture/00002.htm

What did the postulation of AIT accomplish

Postulated a discontinuity between the Vedics and the Saraswathi Sindhu Civilization, and assigned a much more recent date to the Vedics and hopelessly confused the issue of the precedence of the Vedics.

Postulated the presence of two new races, Aryan and Dravidian, a racial nomenclature that was custom fitted to the Indian peninsula to suit the need of the colonial overlord for emphasizing the diversity of ethnic and linguistic communities in the subcontinent. When it became unfashionable to be Aryan, especially when the Germans, courtesy of Nietzsche and others elevated the category to the status of a master race, the nomenclature was changed to Indo - European and this has since morphed into various other names.  Despite the lack of a proper definition both terms continue to be used ad nauseum when referring to certain ethnic groups in the Indian subcontinent and also as the defining word in the ‘AIT’ acronym. I may be forgiven for avoiding use of the word as much as possible, as I remain ignorant of the defining characteristics of the Aryan people.


Ergo, the Vedics became aliens to the subcontinent and became associated with the mythical Aryans, a noun which is never used in the Vedas, with all its 20th century fascist connotations. The communists in India have now latched on to this  notion of the mythical Aryans and have decided that henceforth  they will refer to any Hindu who does not conform to their jaundiced view of Indian history, as not only Aryan but also a fascist. Such a notion was (and is) of course lapped up very willingly by the western press, as the irony of a fascist Brahmana priest performing a puja clad only in a loin cloth was too delicious to pass up and thus was born the nirvana, the piece de resistance of the cliché kingdom, the ad hominem of choice, the Hindutva[1] fascist. So lavishly is this appellation now applied to the millions of inhabitants of the Indian subcontinent, creating thereby the spectacle of the first instance of an impoverished fascist in the known galaxy and so widespread is this outlandish and absurd notion of the fascist Hindutva, that it has spawned at least one PhD thesis[2], more than a half a dozen books, excoriating the straw man of a  Hindu nationalist’ and is a major contributor to the bandwidth of the internet discussions on the sociology of India


To top it off, the caste system was now associated with these marauding but anthropologically non-existent Aryan people.


The conclusion was inescapable –the British were simply a latter version of the Aryans to have conquered India and had as much legitimacy to remain and rule India as did the original Vedics.


Meanwhile back at the ranch, the defeated and displaced Dravidians allegedly retreated to the south and formed the bulk of the downtrodden castes (the castes were now delineated and created very conveniently and fortuitously by the colonial overlord who was never at a loss to miss such a golden opportunity as this) of modern India – gave rise to the plethora of Dravidian parties in the state of Tamilnadu. So much so that today no party can get elected in the southern state of Tamil Nadu without the appellation of Dravidian tacked on to its name.  

To this day many Indians remain oblivious to the glaring fact that there is not a shred of evidence for this set of egregious hypotheses masquerading as a theory and the reasons for this sad state of affairs with the resulting disastrous effects on the body politic of the Indian Republic are too obvious to recount here. We trust we will have the opportunity to elaborate on these consequences in a later section, should there be need to do so. It needs to be emphasized, if we have not done so already that the reason we recommend discarding the AIT is not because its  implications on the body politic are disastrous, but we do so simply because it  is false and its adoption leads to many inconsistencies in Indic history. The notion that we have to retrofit our history falsely in order to cater to the prevailing dogma or theorie du jour in the west, as a way of demonstrating our commitment to diversity is anathema to us

Why is the West so obsessed with the notion that Aryans invaded India given that there does not exist any race or ethnic group termed Aryan ?

This is what makes it so inexplicable. The obsession with associating themselves with an Aryan race has its roots in European history. For many centuries the semitic speaking people in the Mediterranean from Carthage to Tyre and Sidon were the Civilizational pace setters and this remained so until  Rome burned and destroyed Carthage in the third Punic war.  The Europeans prided themselves on their Greek  ( and Roman Heritage) heritage , so much so that the architecture throughout Europe and America tries to emulate that of the Golden age of Greece. When they finally discovered that Greece was a relative late comer on the world scene, it was a major blow to their self image especially after they discovered the antiquity of Babylon and Egypt. When  Sir William Jones discovered Sanskrit, namely its antiquity and its vocabulary cognate to that of Europe, it was even a bigger blow to their ego. The very notion that they had to share a common heritage with the unwashed millions of natives in India, not to mention the very real possibility that their language was indeed a derivative of Sanskrit was abhorrent. So , in order to circumvent such theories and to distance themselves as much as possible from the Indics they posited the existence of the proto Indo European Language and theorized that the bulk of the European languages and their Asian siblings (Persian, Sanskrit and the other Indic languages) derived from a common source  of language and people whom they called Aryans ( I kid you not).

To explain the presence of of such a highly sophisticated Grammar and if we may quote Sir William himself, required increasing amount of intellectual gymnastics

The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either, yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs and in the forms of grammar, than could possibly have been produced by accident; so strong indeed, that no philologer could examine them all three, without believing them to have sprung from some common source, which, perhaps, no longer exists: there is a similar reason, though not quite so forcible, for supposing that both the Gothic and the Celtic, though blended with a very different idiom, had the same origin with the Sanskrit; and the old Persian might be added to the same family, if this were the place for discussing any question concerning the antiquities of Persia.


 

The result of this realization was the postulate that the newly invented Aryans endowed  with abundant nomadic flair for destruction and  mayhem invaded (the latest version eschews the word invaded and sticks with the politically more correct terminology of acculturation through migration to ) India  around 1500 BCE and slowly infiltrated the country with their language and in the process transformed themselves from the nomads on horse drawn chariots to a sedentary people interested more in meditation and knowledge about the cosmos all in the space of within 200 years at a time during 1500 BCE when the earth  as devoid of such intellectual droids  as the personal computer and equally devoid of such compelling technologies as the  email and few were in a tearing hurry to pick up esoteric words from a esoteric language such as sanskrit. Despite the incredulous nature of this postulate it soon developed a life of its own, until there was another momentous discovery in the shape of the Indic Saraswati civilization  which was found to be older than  anything known at that time .  This put the Indologists (rhymes with entomologists and Egyptologists) in a bind. To accommodate the new realities, they cemented the chronology of the Indics, so that they the Indics could never claim an antiquity greater than that or Ancient Greece and that for some  mysterious reason were not  present in the Indian subcontinent till after the departure of the Harappans. This new found chronology slapped together in a very sloppy manner thus became the official history of the Republic of India.


[1] Please see glossary in the linguistics section for meanings of words of Indic or Sanskritic origin

[2] Incidentally this thesis and the accompanying books by Dr. Koenraad Elst are  definitely a landmark in the sense that he has  marshaled a compelling narrative of why such an appellation in the Indian subcontinent is without relevance and in fact without any meaning whatsoever


 


 

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