Revisiting Aryan issue: In Conversation with Shrikant Talageri

Kushal Mehra discusses Aryan Invasion Theory and some other related issues with Shrikant Talageri.

What is the Aryan Invasion Theory? What is the basic premise? What are the problems associated with this theory? Can there be another alternative? Kushal Mehra discusses this and some other related issues with Shrikant Talageri.


  • SM

    When ST states that Westerners have come up with the chronology of Rig Veda and Hindus don’t believe in this chronology, one can hear sarcastic laugh by KM. Why???
    Secondly the arrangement of Rig Veda in Mandal itself signifies continuous, rotation, eternal etc. Thus giving chronological order to Mandala is futile intellectual effort.

  • Hindutva objections with urdu is mainly because the Persian(Arabized/Turkified Persian language after fall of Persia to islam) language was imposed forcibly on North Indians for around 400 years by the foreign islamic invaders.

    And Hindutva is a direct derivative of Hindu history of Hindus standing tall in face of adversity and eventually ending the islamic rule over India by the Marathas, which itself was an epoch making event since the the defeat of Prithviraj Chauhan. Hence, that language you so fondly speak in and trying to defend here in this conversation is duely considered by Hindutva as a language of dhimmis.

    • Savarkar’s Disciple

      Private-sector cultural discrimination

      The private-sector (partly underworld-controlled) Mumbai film industry toes the same anti-Hindu line,
      according to Shrikant Talageri: “When two persons meet, in a Hindi film, and one is a Hindu and the other
      a Muslim, they do not greet one another with namaste or Ram Ram; nor does one say namaste and the other
      as-salam aleykum both greet each other with adab arz hai or as-salam aleykum. When a Hindu, in a Hindi
      film, is faced with some great affliction, he starts doing the rounds, turn by turn, of a temple, a mosque
      and a church, but a Muslim or Christian is never shown finding it necessary to approach other shrines.
      These are just two of many examples—each subtle by itself, perhaps not even consciously noticed in spite of
      their repeated occurrence—which, in the cumulative effect, serve to create the intended psychological
      environment. The entertainment media have played no mean role in carrying on this brand of propaganda.
      The calculated glorification of Urdu, of Lucknow tehzib, of the Mughals, of ghazals and qawallih, etc., and
      the subtle ridicule of Sanskritised Hindi, has been a basic feature of the Hindi film industry.”

      Talageri also notes the asymmetry between Hindu and Muslim culture in the treatment given to them by
      public figures in an effort to make the right secular noises: “every aspect of India’s mainstream culture,
      which existed in India prior to the arrival of Islamic culture from West Asia, represents ‘communalism’.
      Thus, it is perfectly secular for Indian politicians to don fez caps, visit mosques, perform namaz to clicking
      cameras, etc. But it is ‘communal’ for them to visit temples, or bow down before Hindu holy men, or to
      wave arti, or break coconuts while inaugurating a function, since the customs of visiting temples,
      bowing before holy men, waving arti and breaking coconuts, all existed in India before the arrival of

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      The underlined part is what Hindutvavadis have a problem with.At the centre of Urdu Talaffus is the hatred and disdain for everything and anything Hindu, it gave rise to the Aligarh Muslim University, Syed Ahmed Khan, Jinnah and creation of first Islamic State Pakistan.The Urdu imposition still perpetuates Ashrafization thereby leading to the radicalization of Muslims.If the idea of Bharatiya Rashtra or Hindu Rashtra needs to exist then we will have to completely annihilate all such Hinduphobic entities which lead to the promotion of violent secessionist principles.

  • Santosh Gairola

    Kushal Mehra bhaiyya, you sounds activist, more than interviewer; let him talk more.
    Unsolicited advise, try to keep microphone away from yourself next time; you voice is a pitch too high than the interviewed.