World Association for Vedic Scholars (WAVES)
An alliance of scholars arose in America seeking
to promote the new view of ancient India. It gave rise to the World
Association of Vedic Studies (WAVES), which held its first
conference in Atlanta in Oct. 1996.
James Schaffer of Case Western University, one of
the first major Western archaeologists to reject the Aryan Invasion
theory, came and spoke. B.B. Lal, one of Indias leading
archaeologists was there as well, along with many of the
important speakers and authorities in the field.
A second conference was held in
1998 summer in Los Angeles that continued these activities, which
B.B. Lal also attended. There I had an opportunity to get to know
Lal better. The leftists had recently targeted Lal as a scholar with
a Hindu bias, whose work should therefore be rejected on principle.
Lal, however, was a true scholar and archaeologist, relying on
objective evidence and years of experience. He was a warm and
friendly person with genuine spiritual interests as well as academic
objectivity. He was another case of people maligned simply because
they were in the way of leftist political interests. However, the
leftists were not able to really challenge him on an historical and
archaeological basis because his work was solid and rational in its