Controversy around Harappans, that they might be natives to the region and not the outsiders or Aryans

Controversy around Harappans, that they might be natives to the region and not the outsiders or Aryans

Introduction:

A team of archaeologists are working with Sanskrit Scholars to study the Rig Veda to find references linking with the Harappa civilization. A team of archaeologists comprising of several Specialists, they lead a study with few Sanskrit Scholars to better understand the Rig Veda, to find any correlating evidence which can be matched with archaeological evidence found through excavation at harappan sites in order to establish that Harappans were natives to the region.

 

Context:

We all know about the Indus Valley harappan Civilization and where it was centered? It was centered around today’s Pakistan and Western India. So one theory is that, it’s a very debatable topic, slightly controversial, that there there was an Aryan migration into India from the steppes, the European Aryans who moved to Central Asian steppes, from there they migrated to India and they primarily constitute the North Indian population, which which are a distinct Community compared to the dravidian origin South Indian population.  So this has always been a debatable controversial theory.

 

Seeking Evidence:

But in the newly published Ncert history textbook there are some some new findings which have been reported by ncert. So there is a connection between what the news article is discussing about and the new update that has been done in the ncert textbook regarding the harappan civilization.

Some of the major harappan sites are dholavira, kalibangan, raki garhi in haryana and the other important sites in Pakistan. So the researchers who are primarily archaeologists they have recently stumbled upon some very interesting and exciting evidence, they came across the bone fragments of a woman from the harappan days and this has been carbon dated to 4,600 years.  So a well preserved fossil  which is is basically the bones of a woman from the harappan era has been discovered and it has been carbon dated to around 4,600 years.

Some of the other archaeological evidence discovered at the site provides some evidence to indicate that there were some rituals and customs being practiced including fire altars as a religious custom based practice as the same in the Rig Veda ,as well there is a reference about fire being used for cultural, religious purposes.

 

Conclusion:

So these archaeologists are trying to see if the two are connected. If they are referring to the same series of events, if established could provide some evidence to conclude that harappans were natives not essentially the Aryans who migrated, not essentially outsiders. It could potentially lead to the establishment of a theory that the harappan population was a native indigenous population and that is exactly what ncert has already published in class 12 history textbook.  Ncert has brought out that based on the DNA evidence and the carbon dating evidence of the bones of harappan woman which was found at a harappan site, it has been concluded that harappans were indigenous people, they were native to the region and not outsiders who came from somewhere else.

This is what ncert has already published, but however be very careful, this is is not a widely accepted theory, because ncert itself has added a disclaimer below that further verification is required and further research is required.  So it is still a polarizing topic, a debatable issue.

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