on the developing arguments concerning the Aryan Invasion Theory consists
of adapted versions of papers I have read: the first at the World Association
of Vedic Studies (WAVES) conference on the Indus-Saraswati civilization
in Atlanta 1996, the third at the 1996 Annual South Asia conference in
Madison, Wisconsin and in a lecture at the Linguistics Department in Madison;
the fifth contains material used in my paper read at the second WAVES conference
in Los Angeles 1998; the second and fourth were read at lectures for the
Belgo-Indian Association, Brussels, and at the Etnografisch Museum, Antwerp.
Overlaps have been kept to a minimum. Here and there, sections of
my book Indigenous Indians (Voice of India 1993, outdated as far
as the fast-moving Aryan invasion debate is concerned) have been reused
in adapted form.
are due to the late Dr. Lèon Poliakov and to Dr. Bernard Sergent
for our correspondence; to Prof. B.B. Lal, Prof. A.K. Narain, Prof. Andrew
Sihler, Prof. Lambert Isebaert, Dr. Herman Seldeslachts, Drs. Erik Seldeslachts,
Dr. Edwin Bryant, Dr. Beatrice Reusch, Mr. Jose Calazans, Mr. Bhagwan Singh
and Mr. Shrikant Talageri for the enlightening discussions; and to Mrs.
Yamini Liu, Mrs. Manju Jhaver, Mr. Krishna Bhatnagar (and friends), Dr.
Manohar Shinde and Mr. Shrichand Chawla for their material help.
I also thank the publishers for their patience: it so happens that the
writing and editing process has been bedeviled by technical and other hurdles.
hurdle has been my own anxiety in treading unsure ground, where every hypothesis
which is now carrying the day may be blown away by a new discovery tomorrow.
Even now, it hurts to release a book in mid-debate, knowing that much of
it will be dated by the time a new consensus will have evolved. But
then, I am confident that this painful awareness of uncertainty has been
the right attitude and the best starting-point for uprooting the false
certainties of some and for clearing the bewilderment of others.
While too many debaters are still at base one, unfamiliar with the newest
arguments and insufficiently alert to the strong and weak points of the
several types of evidence in the balance, I hope this books helps the debate
in moving on and reaching its conclusion.
20 May 1999
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