Early Indians



Who Are We Indians Where Did We Come From Many Of Us Believe Our Ancestors Have Lived In South Asia Since Time Immemorial But, As It Turns Out, Time Immemorial May Not Have Been All That Long Ago To Tell Us The Story Of Our Ancestry, Journalist Tony Joseph Goes 65,000 Years Into The Past When A Band Of Modern Humans, Or Homo Sapiens, First Made Their Way From Africa Into The Indian Subcontinent Citing Recent DNA Evidence, He Traces The Subsequent Large Migrations Of Modern Humans Into India Of Agriculturalists From Iran Between 7000 And 3000 BCE And Pastoralists From The Central Asian Steppe Between 2000 And 1000 BCE, Among Others As Joseph Unravels Our History Using The Results Of Genetic And Other Research, He Takes Head On Some Of The Most Controversial And Uncomfortable Questions Of Indian History Who Were The Harappans Did The Aryans Really Migrate To India Are North Indians Genetically Different From South Indians And Are The Various Castes Genetically Distinct Groups This Book Relies Heavily On Path Breaking DNA Research Of Recent Years But It Also Presents Earlier Archaeological And Linguistic Evidence All In An Entertaining And Highly Readable Manner A Hugely Significant Book, Early Indians Authoritatively And Bravely Puts To Rest Several Ugly Debates On The Ancestry Of Modern Indians It Not Only Shows Us How The Modern Indian Population Came To Be Composed As It Is, But Also Reveals An Undeniable And Important Truth About Who We Are We Are All Migrants And We Are All Mixed.Early Indians

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  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Early Indians
  • Tony Joseph
  • English
  • 09 June 2018
  • 9789386228987

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    Indians are a people who are always a bit confused about their identity as Indians maybe because the nation itself is a relatively recent construct not ignoring the mythical Bharata and the regional and caste identities are strongly embedded Ever since the West discovered the mystic East, there have been attempts to create an Indian past which is wholly spiritual based on the mythical, Vedic Aryan by the proponents of the enlightenment In colonial times, this Aryan became an invading race who destroyed the mature Harappan civilisation the same figure was taken to be the epitome of race purity and became the basis of the toxic Nazi doctrine And later on, in a reversal of the myth, the invading Aryan became the villain who destroyed the peaceful Dravidian civilisation in the Dalit version of history.All these are now discounted by serious historians The widely accepted theory about Indian prehistory is that the Harappan civilisation perished because of a severe drought, and the Indo Aryan speakers migrated to the Indian subcontinent later on from Central Asia and mixed with the indigenous population There is, however, a vociferous fringe who staunchly oppose this they are adamant that there have been no migrations to India at...

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    India has had a weird relationship with its history prior to Mauryan empire History by its nature is imprecise but, in this case, confusion is compounded by the fact that Harappan script remains undeciphered and there are very few archaeological remains of Vedic society The confusion has only been furthered by ideologically motivated or imaginative thinkers who have colored this phase of history with their own agendas Top example remains forcibly trying to conflate Harrapans with Vedic society by force fitting Harrapan civilization as Sarasvati civilization Other examples include myths of Aryan purity, artificial divide between Dravidians North Indians and nature and scale of Vedic society itself What remains underappreciated in this mess is that Harappan Civilisation was the largest and most widespread of its time with large population and huge cities which ideally should make us proud We somehow have failed to relate to our Harrapan ancestors yes ancestors in our cultural consciousness.This book masterfully breaks through all this confusion and provides clarity and perspective to answer all such questions The modern science of genetics, linguistics, paleo geology, anthropology, and archaeology are now beginning to provide a clearer picture and this book translates the latest ideas for laymen.The narrative that emerges only makes us prouder as Indians and brings us closer to our own heritage The message ...

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    Everyone in our subcontinent Pakistanis, Indians, Bangladeshis please read EARLY INDIANS by Tony Joseph Understand where we re coming from, how rich and diverse our roots are and how superficial our divisions are And it s all based on scientific evidence, not ideological wishful thinking.

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    Who are we Indians Where did we come from Many of us believe our ancestors have lived in South Asia since time immemorial But, as it turns out, time immemorial may not have been all that long ago To tell us the story of our ancestry, journalist Tony Joseph goes 65,000 years into the past when a band of modern humans, or Homo sapiens, first made their way from Africa into the Indian subcontinent.Citing recent DNA evidence, he traces the subsequent large migrations of modern humans into India of agriculturalists from Iran between 7000 and 3000 BCE and pastoralists from the Central Asian Steppe between 2000 and 1000 BCE, among others.As Joseph unravels our history using the results of genetic and other research, he takes head on some of the most controversial and uncomfortable questions of Indian history Who were the Harappans Did the Aryans really migrate to India Are North Indians genetically different from South Indians And are the various castes genetically distinct groups This book relies heavily on path breaking DNA research of recent years But it also presents earlier archaeological and linguistic evidence all in an entertaining and highly readable manner A hugely significant book, Early Indians authoritatively and bravely puts to rest several ugly debates on the ancestry of modern Indians It not only shows us how the modern Indian pop...

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    First Things First The Aryan Invasion Migration Theory has been controversial in India for sometime now Originally, Max Mueller put forward this theory in the mid 19th century on basis of linguistics Mind well that the Harappan Indus Saraswati valley civilisation had not been discovered till then and surprisingly no written records of that civilisation remain , Jay Vasavada History is not worth writing The discovery of the Harappan civilisation in the 1920s added a new chapter Who were the Harappans Were they also Indians or were they too migrants And what were the links between Harappan and Aryan Vedic civilisation Did the Harappan civilisation metamorph into the Aryan Vedic civilisation or did the Aryan Invasion Migration theory still hold The author looks at genetics, archaeology and linguistics to convincingly answer all the questions Starting with the Out of Africa migration 65000 years ago who he calls the First Indians , and the subsequent waves of migration mixing with the First Indians to give the birth of the first farming communities, eventually leading to Harappan civilisation and he demonstrates how the Aryan migration theory is true Each migration kept adding to our gene pool and culture.In doing so, the author also acknowledges the The Lost River On The Trails of Saraswati indirectly and shows...

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    There is an image of the famous dancing girl of Harappa on the cover of this book as a nod perhaps to common knowledge that Early Indians for most of us refers to the Harappan Civilization Then, we are told, came the Aryans who somehow settled peacefully or not with the Harappans Think of it have you ever asked yourself where did the Harappans come from The author tries to answer this rather grand question in 230 pages Starting almost 300,000 years ago with the evolution of man this breathless book attempts to combine everything that is happening in the world of ancient DNA, archaeology and linguistics to answer the question who were the Early Indians and where or how the hell did they get here That the book is up to date is an understatement There are references to papers from 2018 conjuring in me the image of Tony Joseph running to the press with yet another update as the exasperated printer looks annoyed But happily for us readers, every scrap of development included seems important We are just not used to history working this way and this is exciting the field of Ancient DNA is answering important questions about history at a pace that makes historians look like astronauts It tells us that the first humans out of Africa came to India some 65,000 years ago This, of course makes Harappans look positively modern and then goes on ...

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    Seriously guys Giving this book 4 5 stars Tony uses discredited claims as the base of this book He tries to re establish the Aryan Invasion Theory which has been a proven false theory The Aryan Invasion Theory was a myth created to break the bond that Indian...

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    Tony Joseph s new book Early Indians The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From attempts to sell the colonial Aryan Invasion Theory s insidious 21st century version the Aryan Migration Myth on the basis of racist, Hinduphobic Harvard geneticist David Reich s thoroughly discredited research.The legendary Russian archaeologist Leo Klejn has thoroughly debunked Reich s pro AIT research.The New York Times has exposed Reich s dubious, deeply flawed research methodology, alleged unethical practices, and unprecedented preferential treatment by scientific journals, thereby obliterating the basic premise behind the book s conclusions.This effectively consigns Joseph s book to the trash heap.Joseph s book is a calculated, calibrated neo colonial enterprise that was conceived, designed, and launched with a singular purpose in mind to revive the discredited Aryan Invasion Theory and thereby mislead Indians and alienate them from the truth about their history.Be warned, d...

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    Have been reading up on archaeological and linguistic analysis of Early Indians for some time now But like the author, found the publications on genetic evidence nearly impenetrable Its interesting to note that the author went through the same cycle but didn t give up Therefore the book forms a valuable bridge between people interested in their ancient past and technical material The writing is very lucid and the author makes it a point to clarify all thorny doubts Finished this book in one day, couldn t put it down Riveting read for readers interested in very ancient India Two takeaways for me how little we know of the largest civilization of the world at that time, its administrative structure, its striking uniformity despite size, its spirituality and finally the transition period between its demise and the early Aryans in India Second is a takeaway for people disappointed that Aryans didnt originate in India according to this book, one cant really draw a final conclusion before r...

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