srini at engin.umich.edu
Sat Mar 1 18:53:27 UTC 1997
In India the problem is that people do not connect the "aryan"
with fascism. That is after all a European phenomenon. How will
you convince your Indian colleagues to go easy on the term "Aryan"?
Their aryans are, after all, their legitimate forefathers.
Somehow, you would be forcing upon them a moral dilemma for which
they are not responsible to begin with.
Lars, I do appreciate your sympathetic statements above... but I have
trouble with the marked line above... as a traditional Indian, I would
refuse to see the term "Arya" in any genealogical/lineal/racial sense as
implied above. Acceptance or rejection of the Vedic heritage doesn't
On the other hand, as modern Indians (dis)abused by Indology ;-)
at least a good many of us would deny any Aryan forefathership
claiming Dravidian/Australoid or whatever.
Anyway, inspired by all of this, I wrote this ponderous verse:
We're Aryans fair and true
Shout some Northies out of da blue
But, we're in there too
Chime the Southies along a few
Dravidians we stand proud
Claim a chunk of the rest aloud
Damn it, for crying out loud
It's all an Indology shroud
Whine the rest of us mongrels, a crowd.
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