Tribal Fusion and Social Evolution
The present book comprises of five essays on Vedic history. An attempt has been done to analyze the demographic situation accordingly the Aryan migration model. This contains studies on tribal structures, culture, demographic settlements, collapse of the Indus political-economic system followed by the formative phase of the Rigvedic period and the subsequent demographic expansion in Ganga valley. Transition to settlements has been discussed with reference to the archaeological sources discovered hitherto including Ochre Color Pottery (O.C.P.), Black-and-red Ware (B.R.W.), Painted Grey Ware (P.G.W.) and Northern Black Polished Ware (N.B.P.W.). Continuity of the Rigvedic tribes in the P.G.W. period has been discussed including some historical aspects of the Mahabharata. Fusions of the Rigvedic tribes to form bigger tribal identities and effects of territorial settlements on the lineage identity have been discussed.
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The book keeps alive the decades old notions of Aryan invasion and "destroying" of the Indus cities and forts (of Dravidians) by "Fire God" of the Aryans. (Simply telling, Aryans put fire to the Indus cities and destroyed them for "not getting cows") Thus, more than natural calamities, the collapse of IVC is alluded to the arrival of a nomadic "primitive" Aryans from Central Asia. The whole book keeps the reader enchanting through the never occuring historical fiction based on a lost theory of "Aryan Invasion". The vocabulary used in the book like "Aryan", "Dravidian" without considering linguistic groups is totally out-dated on a scholastic point of view.
It is interesting to read a kind of fiction based on a fantasy like this, where a group of cowboys from Central Asia who have no culture, no civilisation, nothing ride their horses over civilised Dravidians living in fortified big Indus cities (one must compare the population of a single Rakhigarhi site - around 2 lakhs - with that of a fictitious advancing "Aryan population" of few hundreds) with script, culture, civilisation everything but lost everything due to Aryans invading them and burning their cities off.
And Aryans did it for getting cows. (Note that though the author may not tell that cows were holy to the Aryans) And destroying Indus cities, their script, everything.. Aryans live with their primitive culture.. not even in ruins but in small settlements that are once nomadic.....
The whole viewpoint of the book on Indian archaeology and Vedas is based on the above prejudices.