Vedas are way older than they are believed to be and the Aryan invasion theory is a fallacy: this was the main argument put forward on day one of a seminar on Vedic chronology, organised by the Delhi University’s Sanskrit department.
Challenging the notion that Vedas were composed around 1500 BC, former Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) official B R Mani claimed that the Vedic period existed in four phases, between approximately 7500 BC and 1800 BC.
“On the basis of language, literature, astronomical and archaeological evidence, we can say that the first or early Vedic phase was roughly between 7500 BC and 6000 BC …the later Vedic age or the last phase saw increased urbanisation and intermingling of people as migration from India to the West started,” said Mani. Rejecting the Aryan invasion theory, he said there was ample evidence to suggest migration from East to West.
“A priest called James Ussher had declared that god created the universe on October 23, 4004 BC, and since then, this has been understood to be the earliest day of human evidence. They are unable to accept any civilisation beyond this,” said Mani.
K N Dikshit, former director general of ASI, also claimed that there was no genetic or archaeological proof to back the Aryan invasion theory. “It is widely believed that Aryans came from Central Asia and massacred the indigenous people. The skeletal remains found at Harappa and Mohenjodaro are often cited as evidence. It has been established that those skeletons belong to different time periods, which proves there was no massacre. Even in terms of genealogy, continuity can be seen over thousands of years, dismissing any invasion theory,” he said.
More such seminars — to “re-date” the Vedas and prove that the Aryans were indigenous, not immigrants — would be organised, said Ramesh Bharadwaj, chief of DU’s Sanskrit department. He also claimed that the Vedic civilisation was older than the Indus Valley civilisation.
“The problem with how Indian history was written, began in the 1960s with scholars like Romila Thapar who supported the Aryan invasion theory. This is just phase one… we will organise more seminars on this topic,” said Bharadwaj.