I came back home today with a book in my hand titled “Return of the Aryans” by Bhagawan Gidwani.
A friend who was at home that time exclaimed, “You’re reading about Aryans? What next can I expect on your book-shelf, Mein Kampf?!”
The term Aryan referred to in this book has nothing to do with the term that Hitler used to proclaim the supremacy of his race. Instead, it refers to the people who lived on the banks of the river Sindhu, who, in search of a perfect land roamed the earth, and on finding the futility decided to return back to their homes, back to Sindhu whence they came from. The term has it’s origins in the Sanskrit term Arya which means noble or honourable.
Thus, I was a bit confused on hearing his statement. When a term has multiple meanings, the one that a person remembers immediately is the one which he has been most exposed to. I realized that like many Indians today, this friend of mine had been exposed to the history, mythology, philosophy, culture of the whole world, except that of his own country.