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Selective RemembrancesArchaeology in the Construction, Commemoration, and Consecration of National Pasts$
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Philip L. Kohl, Mara Kozelsky, and Nachman Ben-Yehuda

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226450582

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226450643.001.0001

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The Aryan Homeland Debate in India

The Aryan Homeland Debate in India

(p.349) Twelve The Aryan Homeland Debate in India
Selective Remembrances

Shereen Ratnagar

University of Chicago Press

This chapter outlines what historical linguistics tells us about the Indo-European homeland and about the Indo-Iranian language(s) during the period 5000 to 2000 BC. It shows how the Hindutva political movement has pursued its “politics of exclusion and of upper-caste dominance” by invoking a primordial past free of later alien intruders. This chapter also reviews considerable linguistic and archaeological data that seriously question the politically motivated mythologized vision of ancient India.

Keywords:   Indo-European homeland, Indo-Iranian languages, Hindutva political movement, exclusion, upper-caste dominance, ancient India

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