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Why Hindutva supporters love to hate the discredited Aryan Invasion Theory


It lets them dodge the actual evidence for the Indus Valley Civilisation being pre-Vedic and early Sanskrit being the language of migrants to the subcontinent.

Last week, papers published in the journals Cell and Science reinforced two well-established but controversial facts of ancient Indian history: first, that the Indus Valley Civilisation was pre-Vedic, and second, that Sanskrit came to India through migrants from the north-west at a time when the Indus Valley Civilisation had declined.

Media coverage, however, reported the exact opposite of what the studies found. To understand why newspaper headlines, television and Twitter feeds misrepresented the research so ...


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