Rakhigarhi: DNA vs PC Indian Style
Three years after digging out human skeletons from the Harappan-era graveyard in Rakhigarhi village, archaeologists have concluded that there was no large-scale influx of foreigners or migration of locals, indicating those living in Haryana and the Ghaggar basin now are descendants of original inhabitants.
Prof Vasant Shinde, Vice Chancellor of Deccan College, Pune, said on Friday that the DNA analysis of 5,000-year-old skeletal remains belonging to the Indus Valley Civilisation revealed that there had been no migration from this region for the last 10,000 years.
“The Aryan invasion theories, stating that people from other countries arrived in India while locals migrated, are no longer relevant. There is no substance in these theories. Maybe the term Aryan, which is being used from the Vedic era, was used for a tribe or community,” he said. He asserted that they were saying this on the basis of actual data.
I can't believe that Shinde doesn't know all this, so how can he not be lying? Why would he do such a thing, something sure to trash his scientific reputation? The Indian government is currently controlled by Hindu religious fundamentalist, who believe that Vedic Civilization derives directly from the IVC, that Indian Civilization is purely autochthonous and in the historicity of the Hindu religious texts. Shinde is an important guy in a university dependent on government funding, and want money for his DNA lab.
Perhaps these bizarre assertions will be clarified if the Rakhigarhi data is ever published.
UPDATE: A much more informative account comes from Razib Khan: https://www.gnxp.com/WordPress/2018/04/27/rakhigarhi-sample-doesnt-have-steppe-ancestry-probably-indus-periphery/
Money quote from Niraj Rai, head of the lab where the DNA was analyzed:
In other words, the preprint observes that the migration from the steppes to South Asia was the source of the Indo-European languages in the subcontinent. Commenting on this, Rai said, “any model of migration of Indo-Europeans from South Asia simply cannot fit the data that is now available.”