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THE ARYAN INVASION OF INDIA
QUESTIONED IN THE WESTERN TEXTBOOKS
that the weight of evidence is against it and that it should no longer be regarded as the
main model of interpreting ancient India. Survey of Hinduism is perhaps the main textbook
used in North America for university courses on the study of Hinduism.
Klostermaier is not a Hindu, in fact he is a Catholic priest. He is not speaking relative
to any Hindu agenda but as a scholar and academician. Though as a teacher of Hinduism he
appears to have some sympathy with the tradition, he cannot be regarded as promoting
Hinduism. He is critical of Hindu beliefs and practices in different parts of his book.
But the Aryan Invasion Theory is something he questions on the evidence.
He states (pg.34): "Both the spatial and the temporal extent of
the Indus civilization has expanded dramatically on the basis of new excavations and the
dating of the Vedic age as well as the theory of an Aryan invasion of India has been