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Brahmo Samaj as an Actor in the Dissemination of Aryan Invasion Theory (AIT) in India

  • Subrata Chattopadhyay Banerjee
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Abstract

Dissemination of a scientific theory does follow, often, a circuitous route. It is a widespread notion, supported by eminent scholars that noted linguist and religious scholar; F. Max Müller is responsible for the dissemination of Aryan Invasion Theory (AIT), who played in the hands of imperial interests. In this paper, I argue that there were other stakeholders in the process of widespread acceptance of AIT. In particular, the Brahmo Samaj, a prominent socio-religious reform association in nineteenth century India, played a major role in the spreading of AIT. The prominent leaders of Brahmo Samaj, actively or passively, corroborated with Müller in that process. I closely examine the development of affairs during that time and attempt to establish the fact that development of a scientific theory is not a unilateral process, but rather strongly influenced by the sociopolitical environments of the time.

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