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THE ARYAN INVASION OF INDIA
QUESTIONED IN THE WESTERN TEXTBOOKS
In defense of
the theory, however, people point to the fact that it is still found in textbooks
throughout the world, including in India, so that such new data against it does not appear
to have been accepted. Opponents of the theory have claimed that much of the data
disproving it is new and has not yet had time to reach textbooks, which usually represent
information some decades old. Yet now the demise of the Aryan invasion theory is entering
into the textbooks.
It is strange to see, however, that the first major university textbook to seriously
question the theory has not come from India but from the West. In his recent edition of
Survey of Hinduism (Sunny, State University of New York Press 1994), Professor Klaus
Klostermaier has noted important objections to this theory.