About this time in history similarities between Indo-European languages became evident.
Sanskrit and the languages of North India were found to be relatives of the languages of
Europe, while the Dravidian languages of South India appeared to be of another language
By the racial
theory, Europeans language must have been "white", as they were not prepared to
recognize that their languages could have been derived from darker-skinned Hindus. As all
Hindus were dark compared to the Europeans, it was assumed that the original white
Indo-European invaders of India must have been assimilated by the dark indigenous
population, and they left their mark more on north India where people have a lighter
The Nazis later took this idea of
a white Aryan superior race to its extreme of brutality, but they did not invent the idea,
nor were they the only ones to use it for purposes of exploitation. They took what was a
common idea of nineteenth century European though. They perverted this idea further, but
the distortion of it was already the basis of much exploitation and misunderstanding.