The Theory of Aryan Race and India: History and Politics*

  title={The Theory of Aryan Race and India: History and Politics*},
  author={Romila Thapar},
  journal={Social Scientist},
The invention of an Aryan race in nineteenth century Europe was to have, as we all know, far-reaching consequences on world history. Its application to European societies culminated in the ideology of Nazi Germany. Another sequel was that it became foundational to the interpretation of early Indian history and there have been attempts at a literal application of the theory to Indian society. Some European scholars now describe it as a nineteenth century myth.1 But some contemporary Indian… 
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