This is very well researched book and it comes up with proofs that counter the claims of “The Aryan Invasion Theory”. Stephen Knapp tells us about the circumstances in which the theory was brought in. He speaks about the British rule in India and the troubles the rulers were facing. Then he speaks about the misguided zeal of some of Christian Missionaries. Then we see how a theory was born to advance the interests of both the groups. Stephen Knapp then does the profiling of Max Muller, the man who proposed the theory. He reveals some secrets and brings to light a few letters that Max Muller has written to his father. Here we get to see the other face of Max Muller and the reason why he came up with the Aryan Invasion Theory.
The author takes on most of the claims made by the Aryan Invasion Theory and tries to bring out the truth. For example : We were told that horse was not native to India and was brought here from the Persia and middle east. The author shows us as to how there is is an indigenous horse that grew in this land and has 34 ribs as against 36 ribs of an Arabian Horse. The Aswamedha Yaga speaks about the horse with 34 ribs alone. The author speaks about commonality of the Harappan culture and that of the Aryans. He takes us to the conclusion where we see that Aryans were a part of Harappans and not some one who attacked them.
We get to dive deep and see that this theory was merely based on linguistics. Linguistics can be a contributing factor but not a base to come to a conclusion. We also get to know about the famous universities that have already junked this theory. We get to delve deep into the facts that concern the Saraswati River. Stephen Knapp speaks about the Rig Veda, the hymns that speak about Saraswati River, the drying up of the river, the Mahabharata and its references to the drying up of the Saraswati River etc. Then, we get to see as to how the historians erred in determining the correct date of Rig Veda in the first place. From here Stephen Knapp derives the conclusions on how they went wrong with the entire theory as such.
Nice book, very educative read. Do read the book and you would have a new perspective about the History of India.
I have been very curious to learn about the origin of the human for more than three decades.But having had to earn a living, I had to work for the major part of my life, leaving me no time for any meaningful study.In the thought process, delving into the truth or otherwise of the AIT assumed immediate significance. I began reading about five years back, on the topic. As an Indian the very names like Indraprastha, Kurukshetra and Sanskrit names like Aswamedha Yagna or Aswatha vruksha, several such tell tales and the very meaning of Arya which is in use till today in several contexts heightened my curiosity to read and research. Stephen Knap's rich citation of relevant research and logical argument demolishes this fictitious theory.For the first time I have learnt the change in Max Mueller's thinking before and after the British occupation of India.
Clear in proposition...lucid in style...the book ( or viewpoint) is based on published works of various scholars which has been blended with rational logic...the conclusions drawn will be difficult to counter