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For the 1st time in one quantity, this e-book provides a few of the arguments within the Indo-Aryan controversy. It additionally presents a template for the fundamental concerns addressing 4 significant parts: archaeological examine, linguistic concerns, the translation of Vedic texts of their historic contexts, and ideological roots.

The quantity ends with a plea for a go back to civility within the debates that have develop into more and more, and unproductively, politicized, and indicates a application of study and inquiry upon which students from either side of the talk may embark.

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