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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

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

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226450643.003.0013

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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