How genetics is settling the Aryan migration debate
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How genetics is settling the Aryan migration debate
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Tony Joseph
JUNE 16, 2017 23:49 IST
UPDATED: JUNE 18, 2017 16:55 IST


New DNA evidence is solving the most fought-over question in Indian history. And you will be surprised at how sure-footed the answer is, writes Tony Joseph

The thorniest, most fought-over question in Indian history is slowly but surely getting answered: did Indo-European language speakers, who called themselves Aryans, stream into India sometime around 2,000 BC – 1,500 BC when the Indus Valley civilisation came to an end, bringing with them Sanskrit and a distinctive set of cultural practices? Genetic research based on an avalanche of new DNA evidence is making scientists around the world converge on an unambiguous answer: yes, they did.

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2017 Jun 18 21:19
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It's sad that the popular face of science these days is mostly having to concern itself with reestablishing that things which were considered obvious just a generation ago are in fact correct. Back in the day, the hurt feelings of simple-minded Indian nationalists would just have been laughed at, which is mostly all they deserve. An anyway, as in most such cases of a controversial ancient ethnic origins debate, there's plenty for the modern descendants to take pride in all the same!

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2017 Jun 18 21:33
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