The Aryan Invasion Theory — Why It’s False Even If It’s True

Debate around the Aryan Invasion Theory have raged on for long. People have posited that North Indians and South Indians are different races based on claims that North Indians have inherited genetics from Central Asia.

These claims have been refuted by multiple studies that show North and South Indians have more genetic makeup in common with each other than with people in Central Asia or any other part of the world. The science is still under dispute and different studies keep coming out in support of both the sides.

Here’s what’s not under dispute:

It’s scientific consensus since mid 2000s that all humans originated in Africa and then migrated to different parts of the world. At the end of it, we all originated from the same place and are pretty much the same. Our genetic composition is largely the same — for all humans across the planet. We have largely the same needs and capabilities — almost none of us have superpowers.

Here’s another truth:

Almost no one cares about the science or why a difference in mtDNA matters. It’s a hotly debated topic because people just want to feel different and superior to their fellow humans because they have some awesome ancestry. The reality is that you don’t. We all originated from Apes. Get over it.

What defines a human much more than the tiny genomic differences between them is the prevalent culture, technology and attitude of society. No amount of awesome DNA would have given you the comforts that modern technology brings. None of that would have existed if it wasn’t for human ingenuity and innovation that has always transcended race. We can fight over differences between North and South Indians, between people from different castes and religions or we can work on creating a culture that transcends all of this. A culture which cherishes human ingenuity and innovation, which questions the status quo out of a desire for bettering society, a culture which unites people in the endeavor to create a better world.


Here’s a link to the article that sparked this post (combined with the Hindu article mentioned in it):