HOW HINDU WERE THE HARAPPANS?

India Today - - RAKHIGARHI -

“Per­haps the Harappans chanted hymns ex­tolling the glo­ries of the Saraswati as they watched the river dry up. Per­haps they in­voked In­dra to break the dams and let the waters flow again.” San­jeev Sanyal Econ­o­mist and au­thor of in­di­genist his­to­ries “What can ge­net­ics add? It can­not tell us what hap­pened at the end of the In­dus Val­ley Civil­i­sa­tion, but it can tell us if there was a col­li­sion of peo­ples with very dif­fer­ent an­ces­tries. Although mix­ture is not it­self proof of mi­gra­tion, the ge­netic ev­i­dence of mix­ture proves that dra­matic de­mo­graphic change oc­curred close to the time of the fall of Harappa.” David Re­ich Ge­neti­cist at Har­vard Med­i­cal School “There are many points that prove the Vedic na­ture of the In­dus Val­ley cul­ture. The largest con­cen­tra­tion of sites ap­pears in an area near the dry banks of the Saraswati and Dr­ishad­vati rivers. The Vedic cul­ture was said to have been founded by Manu be­tween their banks.” David Fraw­ley Founder, Amer­i­can Coun­cil of Vedic As­trol­ogy “The In­dus Val­ley Civil­i­sa­tion was pri­mar­ily ur­ban and lit­er­ate whereas the Vedic peo­ple were es­sen­tially agro-pas­toral, lack­ing both ur­ban­ism and the use of a script.” Romila Thapar His­to­rian & Pro­fes­sor Emerita, JNU

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