The So-called Racial War in the Vedas
The Vedic people were thought to have been a fair-skinned race like the Europeans owing to
the Vedic idea of a war between light and darkness. To support this it was pointed out
that the Vedic people were regarded as children of the light or children of the sun.
However, this idea of a war between light and darkness exists in most ancient cultures
both Indo-European and non-Indo-European, including the Egyptian and the Persian, whose
ancient Zoroastrian religion is most dominated by this duality. It is also mirrored in the
Biblical battle between God and Satan. Why don't we interpret these traditions as wars
between light and dark-skinned people? It is a mythic metaphor, not a cultural statement.
All the statements that refer to the inimical people in the Vedas as dark are simply part
of this light-darkness analogy, the demons of darkness versus the Sun God and his powers
Moreover, no real traces of such a white race are found in ancient India.
Anthropologists have observed that the present population of Gujarat is composed of more
or less the same ethnic groups as are noticed at Lothal in 2000 BC. Similarly, the present
population of the Punjab is said to be ethnically the same as the population of Harappa
and Rupar four thousand years ago. Linguistically the present day population of Gujarat
and Punjab belongs to the Indo-Aryan language speaking group. The only inference that can
be drawn from the anthropological and linguistic evidences adduced above is that the
Harappan population in the Indus Valley and Gujarat in 2000 BC was composed of two or more
groups, the more dominant among them having very close ethnic affinities with the present
day Indo-Aryan speaking population of India.(*23)
In other words there is no racial evidence of an Indo-Aryan invasion of India, or of any
populations that have been driven out of north India to the south, but only of a
continuity of the same group of people who have traditionally considered themselves to be
Aryan in culture. There is no evidence of such a racial war archaeologically and the Vedic
literary evidence appears only to be a twisting of metaphors. It would be like turning the
Vedic prayer to lead us from darkness to light into a prayer to save us from dark-skinned
people and ally us with those of white skin!