An Exploration into Indo - European Migration Towards South Asia
A new very history started in South Asia, with Indo - European migration somewhere between 6000BC to 1500BC through Central Asia towards Western Asia and South Asia. When the Indo-Aryan of the larger Indo-European family blended with Dravidians, Mongoloids, Semitic people and others, new languages and cultures evolved in the region. Historians place the Indo - European migration happened by invasion in the Indian subcontinent. The analyses of the male Y-chromosome and mitochondria show that today''s genetic patterns agree with accounts of ancient Indo-European warriors conquering the Indian subcontinent.A new very history started in South Asia, with Indo ? European migration somewhere between 6000BC to 1500BC through Central Asia towards Western Asia and South Asia.
When the Indo-Aryan of the larger Indo-European family blended with Dravidians, Mongoloids, Semitic people and others, new languages and cultures evolved in the region.
Historians place the Indo ? European migration happened by invasion in the Indian subcontinent. The analyses of the male Y-chromosome and mitochondria show that today''s genetic patterns agree with accounts of ancient Indo-European warriors conquering the Indian subcontinent. The gene patterns are consistent with a historical scenario in which invading Indo-Europeans; primarily males established the caste system and occupied the highest positions, placing the indigenous population, who were more similar to Asians, in lower caste positions.
Geneticist Lynn Jorde of the University of Utah said that there was a group of males with European affinities who were largely responsible for this invasion 3,000 or 4,000 years ago. If the women were with the invaders, he said, the evidence should be seen in the mitochondria genes, but it is not evident.
The invaders apparently shoved the local men aside, took their women and set up the rigid caste system that exists today in India. Their descendants are still the elite within Hindu society. Large numbers of Indians have the same Y-chromosomes of the East Europeans closely related to today''s Slavs. In the mitochondria genes passed along by females, Jorde said, they could see the clear background of Asian genes. All of the so called "lower caste" groups were similar to Asians, the underlying population that had originally been subdued.
A European friend of mine recently joked though Indians are a largely mixed people descended from Indo- European, Dravidian and other Asian natives, they don''t like this and have legends of racial purity to compensate, much like our North Western Europeans. He quipped sometimes some of those Europeans think of themselves as the "real" Aryans when they are in fact, like the Indians, a mixture of invading Indo- European blood from the Eastern part of Europe with the native stock of the Old Europe.
Times change, and civilizations rise and fall, and often leave no traces of their former grandeur but the human population is growing.
What is good in the human migration and cross- fertility with other fellow humans is always the survival and growth of the human race itself. The genetic variability, which they bring when they mix together, is beneficial to the mankind by its biological diversity, which helps species to survive. Naturally, in different geographical areas gene pools differ due to "genetic drift" and in their migration they are passing to other fellow humans the beneficial traits.
The Humans after their great migration time to time crossed over the world and mixed together and helped the survival of the whole human race.
Rajkumar Kanagasingam is the author of the fascinating book - German Memories in Asia......A collection of memories by the author in his discussion with German university students who have been volunteering in Asia on the sensitive issues of Early Human Migration, Asian & European historical events especially the German since the Roman Empire era to the times of First & Second World Wars and about the Germans around the world and their Migrations, Life styles, Encounters and Assimilations since the ancient times, his experiences in an American NGO as an officer in the rebel-held war-torn jungles and then in a tsunami relief mission there with German students, and the German students'' life and fashion in Asia....