There has been a general denial by East Indians in India and their descendants about the true origins of our history in India.
India has long had a dichotomous approach to the world. On one hand we see India’s glorious epic heritage: eternal monuments to love and religion, its strict adherence to its many faiths and culture, its ability to become a nation while retaining its multi-faceted traditions and numerous festivals. And on the other hand its stark poverty rates, burgeoning population rate, continued practice of untouchability, negation of its indigenous tribes, female oppression and female foeticide, myopic political regimes and inadequate ability to deal with pollution on a global scale are downplayed.
India’s history has been retold through the process of colonization and re-created through the settlement of Aryans, Sythians, Cimmerians, Greeks, Ethiopians (King Ghanges, the Sidis) Semites, Mongols, Arabs and the British. It has been reworked to serve the needs of which new group controlled the resources of the nation. These ideologies have been capable of keeping millions of people in servitude; a bonded labour akin to slavery.
Noted historians as Cheikh Diop, Runoko Rashidi and Ivan van Sertima have been highlighting for years the relationship between Africa and India.
The first Indians were Black Africoid people.The earliest Indian settlement dates from the 6th millennium B.C.E. and earlier. The geographical area of existence was in today’s Baluchistan and in lower Sind, to the north and west of present day Karachi http://www.stewartsynopsis.com/Stanton%20Files/black_race.htm
Even though there is genetic evidence to prove the claim that modern humans evolved from Africa, and there is physical evidence that shows an African presence in Asia, it is still refused by India in spite of the evidence. Such physical evidence as architecture abounds in the former early civilizations like Harappan and Mohend-jaro. The fact that the early aboriginal settlers of India and many of its still existing tribes have black skin and predominantly African features is such a prominent measure of evidence, is denied.
It is important for me to address this area as India denies its African roots/origins as do other peoples in the world. Furthermore, it is because of the association of India to its well known strict culture that addressing its foundations is so very important to assess. When Indian scholars choose to research this issue, it is the Indian political and religious bodies that most vehemently deny any such claims. For example, Vontibettu T. Rajshekar has been severely criticized for creating the Dalit Voice which has Afro centrist ideologies. Dr. Bhimrao. R Ambedkar, was an Untouchable who campaigned for the rights of Dalits, and is considered the father of the movement: but it was MK Gandhi who has come across as the savior of the Untouchables to the world at large.
But other European writers like the French Francois Gautier gets welcomed when he writes about Indian history. http://www.archaeologyonline.net/artifacts/india-denial.html.
Or even American David Frawley who has been accepted as a “Jyotish Kovid” (a Vedic astrologer) and Stephen Knapp who has been showing links between Krishna and Christ has been “brahminically initiated” to the Vedic order. http://stephenknapp.wordpress.com/about-stephen-knapp/
. How could authors like this be given preference over Indians who live the experience day in and day out? It is this sort of complex where Indians need their own history told to them by Europeans and Americans which has seen the true history of India become distorted and confusing. And this fatalistic reason by outside historians has adversely influenced a better understanding of the history of India for her inhabitants and her descendants.
There is a school of thought that if one accepts that aboriginal Indians originated in Africa then one is denying one’s “Indianess.” That is not the case, as I clearly point to naysayers. I do not deny that I identify as an Indian, if I choose to discover my true origins, then I do so to be better informed about India’s history, practices and traditions.
For how am I to gain insight into India without an understanding of India’s past? Furthermore, denying such truths about African influences in India’s origins in light of the glaring evidence prejudices any understanding I am to gain about my SELF. And if I don’t understand my past history, how will I gain a better understanding of my own journey?