Born 20 October 1939, Dr. S. Kalyanaraman is a life-member and regular participant of the World Association of Vedic
Studies. He is the author of: (1) a multilingual comparative dictionary for over 25 ancient language of India, (2) 14-volumes on Vedic
River Sarasvati, civilization and script, (3) Public Administration in Asia, 2 Vols. He has also edited two edition of Rama Setu –
Scientific, Archaeological and Security Aspects. he is National President of Rameshwaram Rama Setu Protection Movement and
Director, Sarasvati Research Centre of Akhila Bharatiya Itihasa Sankalana Yojana.
It is the fitness of things that erudite scholar from diverse fields of scientific knowledge and came together in a Conference recently
to exchange their knowledge and insights on different aspects of what is rightly known as Sarasvati River Civilization. The papers
read and the discussions in the Conference should remove any lingering doubt on the reality of the great River Sarasvati. I do
hope that those who have been propagating that Sarasvati was only a mythological river, and persisting with the colonial myth of
“Aryan invasion”, which has now turned into “Aryan migration”, will turn a new leaf.
It is a matter of great satisfaction that thanks to the effort in the State of Haryana, Sarasvati stands rejuvenated above the ground
right into Rajasthan. Those who taken pride in their civilization identity will indeed be happy when the river finally joins the sea
waters on the west of our country, after traversing through Gujarat. The ancient symbol will then once again acquire renewed
significance in the memory and rituals of the people of the country.
I compliment and congratulate the organizers and sponsors of this Conference.
This work has to be read with a critical review of the work published in 2007 tracing, from a euro-centric indologist’s perspective,
the roots of indo-European languages.
This presentation of an euro-centric view-point is intended to be a prelude to the presentation of an alternative view of the
continuum of culture traditions, evolution of languages in ancient India, thus challenging the received wisdom of euro-centric
origins of Hindu civilization (as exemplified by the much-debated Aryan invasion/migration theories).
Search for European homeland has engaged many scholar for over 200 years; a 2007 account of main facets of this scholarship
appears in a book by DW Anthony, The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Stepped
Shaped the Modern World, Princeton University Press. A critiques of this book appears elsewhere in this compilation.
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