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The Indian Races by Praveen Kumar Tyagi

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    The Indian Races by Praveen Kumar Tyagi

    The Indian races are diverse and a complex mixture of various culture and ethnic groups invaded India time to time from pre Vedic era to the latest of eighteenth century. Most of the Indians are Aryans without any doubt .The Aryans during the course of their expansion from Asia Minor to central Asia finally reached to India and the welcoming boundaries of Indus valley and the plains of Ganges accepted them without much rÚsistance. Thus the majority of today’s Indian race is a Indo Aryan (Indo-European) race.
    The Rig Vedic approach to the subject manifests a clear account of the Indo Aryans incoming to Indian subcontinent. The colour changes due to climate. Some people in the North-Western regions of the Indian subcontinent are even lighter than the Scandinavians! Reason cold climate. One such group who has retained their purity not only ethnically but also culturally are the Kalash. The British made these innocent people believe they are descendents of Alexander! This was carefully planted for several generations in these simple minded folk.
    The Kalash (Nuristani: Kosovo) or Kalasha, are indigenous people of the Hindu Kush mountain range, residing in the Chitral District of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. They speak the Kalash language, from the Dardic family of the Indo-Iranian languages, and are considered a unique tribe among the Indo-Aryan population.According to the linguist Richard Strand, the people of Chitral apparently adopted the name of the former Kafiristan Kalasha, who at some unknown time extended their influence into Chitral. A reference for this assumption could be the names kÔsv'o respectively kÔsi'o, used by the neighbouring Nuristani Kata and Kom for the Kalash of Chitral. From these the earlier name kÔs'ivo (instead Kalasha) could be derived.The culture of Kalash people is unique and differs drastically from the various ethnic groups surrounding them. They are polytheists and nature plays a highly significant and spiritual role in their daily life. As part of their religious tradition, sacrifices are offered and festivals held to give thanks for the abundant resources of their three valleys. Kalash mythology and folklore has been compared to that of ancient Greece, but they are much closer to Indo-Iranian (Vedic and pre-Zoroastrian) traditions.
    As far as the religion is concerned the subcontinent sect was primarily divided into the following routes.
    1. The historical Vedic religion
    2. Sharauta ,surviving conservative traditions within Hinduism
    3. Vedanta ( Upanishad)
    4. Hinduism (followers of any god)
    5. Religions except those of Semitic origin
    We shall discuss here the historic Vedic religion
    1.The Historical Vedic religion :The oldest recorded Indo European language is Hittite .Hittite was not surfaced until in 1915 Bedrich Hrozny discovered by reading of some clay tablets written in this language and brought to Vienna from the Istanbul museum Vedic Religion :It is the religion of the people who entered India about 1500 BC from the region of the today’s Iran and were speaking Indo-European .It takes its name from the sacred texts known as the Vedas ( The oldest known sacred texts of the world)The language The Indo Iranian language speakers can be divided in to four subgroupsIndic branch: speakers of the Indo Aryan languageIranian branch: speakers of the Iranian Aryan language (East and west)Dardic branch: Speakers of the Dardic language consist of the various ethnic groups living in Afghanistan ,India and Pakistan .Dard ,pisaca or pisacha languages group is near to the Indo Iranian language spoken in Afghanistan ,Kashmir and Pakistan further a division can be made in three more subgroups ,kafiri (western),khowari(central-widely spoken in Chitral district of north western Pakistan )and the Eastern group kashmiri and shina .and Nuristani ..From the Nuristan provience people of Afghanistan.These were the groups developed independently but a common similarity in culture to some extent .this allows them to stand with the proto Vedic form Four of the great families of human speech—the Austric, the Tibeto-Chinese, the Dravidian, and the Indo-European—are directly represented among the living languages of India, of which no fewer than two hundred and twenty are recorded in the Census Report for 1911; while a fifth great family, the Semitic, which has been introduced by Muhammadan conquerors in historical times, has, through the medium of Arabic and Persian, greatly modified some of the Indian vernaculars. The Invasion By routes passing through Baluchistan on the west and Afghanistan on the north-west, the country of the Indus has been repeatedly invaded by peoples belonging to the Caucasian race from Western Asia, and by peoples belonging to the Northern or Mongolo-Altaic group of the Mongolian race from Central Asia.But these immigrations were not all of the same nature, nor did they all produce the same effect on the population of India. In the course of time their character became transformed.At the most remote period they were slow persistent movements of whole tribes, or collections of tribes, with their women and children, their flocks and herds: at a later date they were little more than organized expeditions of armed men. The former exercised a permanent influence on the racial conditions of the country which they invaded: the influence of the latter was political or social rather than racial.This change in the nature of invasions was the gradual effect of natural causes. Over large tracts of Asia the climate has changed within the historical period. The rainfall has diminished or ceased; and once fruitful lands have been converted into impassable deserts. Both Iran and Turkestan, the two reservoirs from which the streams of migration flowed into the Indus valley, have been affected by this desiccation of the land. Archaeological investigations in Seistan and in Chinese Turkestan have brought to light the monuments of ancient civilizations which had long ago passed into oblivion. Especially valuable from the historical point of view are the accounts given by Sir Aurel Stein of his wonderful discoveries in Chinese Turkestan. From the chronological evidence, which he has so carefully collected from the documents and monuments discovered, we are enabled to ascertain the dates, at which the various ancient sites were abandoned because of the progressive desiccation during a period of about a thousand years (first century BC to ninth century AD). We may thus realize how it has come to pass that a region which once formed a means of communication not only between China and India, but also between China and Europe, has now become an almost insuperable barrier. The same causes have tended to separate India from Iran. The last irruption which penetrated to Delhi, the heart of India, through the north-western gateway was the Persian expedition of Nadir Shah in 1739.what I think is that of the Indo-Aryan expansion from the land near the Caspian Sea (In Hindu texts –Vedas, it is known as KASHYAP SAGAR) (B.C.1500-1000) those who came south in the first wave were the ancestors of the Kafirs. Those who came south in the second wave were the ancestors of the Indians, the third wave included the ancestors of the Iranians...... be continued
    Praveen Kumar Tyagi
    State Vice President(Indian federation of small & Medium Newspapers-Notified by Press council of India).A Naval Engineer of Commanding Rank.
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    Re: The Indian Races by Praveen Kumar Tyagi

    have saved it to read tonight, thanks for sharing

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