NACHAR at MSUVX1.MEMPHIS.EDU
Sat Mar 1 18:11:19 EST 1997
>From: IN%"indology at liverpool.ac.uk" 1-MAR-1997 12:58:48.41
>Subj: RE: Indo-Germanic
> 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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