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Aryan race did not exist, says Suryanath Kamath

Aryan race did not exist, says Suryanath Kamath

Author: Staff Reporter
Publication: The Hindu
Date: July 14, 2008
URL: http://www.hindu.com/2008/07/14/stories/2008071458300400.htm

The term Aryan only means noble: historian

'European scholars wrongly interpreted the war mentioned in the Vedas'

'Indus Valley civilisation and Vedic civilisation are not different'

"Indus Valley civilisation and Vedic civilisation are not two different civilisations but the former was only an urbanised version of the latter," historian Suryanath U. Kamath said here on Sunday.

Dr. Kamath, former Director of Karnataka State Gazetteer, was speaking on "Ancient India: Overseas Connections" organised as a part of Mythic Society's centenary year celebrations.

Refuting the existence of Aryan race or an invasion by them, he said: "The Vedas speak of a war between light and darkness which was wrongly interpreted by European scholars as a war between light-skinned and dark-skinned people. The term Dravida means 'inhabitants of Tamil Nadu' and not a race, and the term Aryan means 'noble'."

On the Indus Valley civilisation, he said: "There are factual evidences of a river that ran parallel to the west of the Sindhu and this was home to the Vedic civilisation but [river] dried up around 1900 BC which brought an end to the civilisation."

Dr. Kamat spoke extensively about the Indian trade connections with Persia and Rome during the Indus Valley civilisation.

"There is a Roman settlement in Puducherry, established for commercial activities around 2,000 years ago. Romans had a penchant for Indian perfumes, diamonds and garments and in return, there was a constant flow of gold into India," Dr. Kamat said.
Sea routes

He said: "Indian seamen had knowledge of sea routes much before the Western sailors could have, and [they] were also well versed in ship building as we can find description of ships in the Rig Veda.

"This is proved by the fact that various artefacts of Harappan civilisation were found in countries as far as Rome and Mexico," Dr. Kamat said.

Dr. Kamat said that the Indian connection with foreign lands was not just limited to trade but also extended to culture.

"South-East Asian countries such as Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines are largely influenced by Indian culture and we can see such influence in Buddhist Stupas and Hindu temples in these countries," Dr. Kamath said.

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