commonality of Indo-European languages and cultures might make even
ancient Europe an offshoot of Hindu and Vedic culture. What a
nightmare that would be to the Western mind taught to emulate Near
East, Greece and Rome as the source of true civilization!
is not my purpose here to tackle this issue in depth but merely to
show it as one of the masks of colonialism. I examined the topic
elsewhere and many other new accounts of the matter can be examined
for more information, notably S.P. Gupta (The Indus-Sarasvati
Culture), B.B. Lal (The Earliest Civilization in South Asia), S.R.
Rao (Dawn and Devolution of the Indus Civilization), my own and
coauthored works (Vedic Aryans and the Origins of
Civilization, Gods, Sages, and Kings, The Myth of the Aryan
Invasion, and In Search of the Cradle of Civilization).
Nor do I mean to say that academics
cannot change and have no valuable insights. Currents of scholarship
exist within academic groups that can see beyond such colonial
motivations and have been questioning them in various contexts,
including the history of America, where the genocide of the native
population was long excused as a civilizing influence. If they make
the effort, these individuals can discern the same distortions
relative to India, which as a very different cultural and religious
sphere than the Western could hardly be understood by nineteenth
century European scholarship from which these ideas arose. A new
non-colonial, non-Eurocentric scholarship, and one sensitive
to the spiritual traditions of the planet, is required to
really take humanity forward into an age of consciousness beyond all
materialist and political machinations.