The Aryans (again); 19th century discourse.

N. Ganesan naga_ganesan at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 31 17:04:14 UTC 1998

SA>   These were recently introduced into the syllabi of UP schools, SA>
and an attempt is being made to introduce these teachings into
SA> all Indian textbooks.

LMF>As I take an interest in these things, I would be very grateful
LMF>  for any bibliographic data that you (or anybody else)
LMF> have/has on the UP textbooks.

     Dear Dr. Lars Fosse,

    P. Robb, The concept of Race in South Asia, Oxford UP, 1997, p. 342:

    "In order to make this point without contradicting prestigious
    predecessors such as Tilak, Golwalkar concedes that the 'Aryans,
    i.e., the Hindus, lived in the region of the North POle'.
    But he argues that modern palaeontological researches demonstrate
    the the North Pole is not stationary, and that 'quite long
    ago it was in that part of the world, we find, is called Bihar
    and Orissa at the present' [59]
    [59] Golwalkar, We, or our nationhood defined, p. 13.
    Interestingly, this theory has been introduced in the history
    textbooks in the States controlled between 1990 and 1992 by
    the Bharatiya Janata Party, the political front of the R.S.S."

    Robb's collection contains important essays. This looks like
    a sure case of zoologists teaching humble folk that
    all world's bulls descend from 'Siva's Nandin.

    N. Ganesan

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