Shrikant G Talageri was born in 1958, educated in Mumbai, India where he lives and works. Talageri has revolutionized the research into Rig Veda. He has successfully identified several historical information from Rig Veda, which he used to chronologically arrange the ten Mandalas of Rig Veda (6, 3, 7,, 4, 2, 5 and 8,9,10) . He explored the history of the kings and the sages who composed the Rigvedic hymns. Talageri utilized for his analysis, the Anukramanis in Rigveda, which are often neglected by scholars. He also studied the geographical basis of Rig Veda. As a corollary of his analysis, he establishes that Rig Veda was composed by sages living in Saraswati river valley between Saraswati and Ganga rivers (Hariyana) who were patrons of the kings who ruled in this area. These patron kings were especially the Puru and particularly the Bharata branch of the Purus. He also analyzed the probable location of origin (Punjab) of the Iranians and the Europeans. Talageri equates the Vedic-Aryans to the Purus and the Iranians to the Anus a sibling branch of the Purus. Other sibling branches includes the Drahyus, the Yadus and the Turvasus.
In his latest book Rigveda And Avesta The Final Evidence Talageri expands his arguments and details how the Anus and Drahyus migrated to north and west giving rise to the Iranian and the European branches of the Indo European language family. Talagari's analysis is not dependant on the genome based studies of human migrations nor on the archeo-astronomical studies. Yet his analysis and the migration pattern of Indo European language family matches with the patterns described by both these independent studies. Thus his theory generally categorized under Out Of India (OIT) theory of origin of IE Family is firm and a strong contender to the well established IE homeland theories.
Books of Shrikant Talageri
Shrikant Talageri has authored four books to date. Aryan Invasion Theory and Indian Nationalism, Aryan Invasion Theory: A Reappraisal, Rigveda: A Historical Analysis and Rigveda and Avesta the Final Evidence. Of this the second book Aryan Invasion Theory a Reappraisal is a revised edition of the first book Aryan Invasion Theory and Indian Nationalism.
Aryan Invasion Theory a Reappraisal
This book analyses the Aryan Invasion Theory (AIT) and compares it with the data present in the Sanskrit Texts, especially the Puranas. From the analysis it becomes clear that the pattern of migration of Aryans from outside India to north west of India is not compatible with the data present in Sanskrit texts. The Puranas or any Sanskrit text, does not support any such migration scenario and no memory of a homeland outside India is reflected in these texts. On the contrary it describes several migrations from India to north western India in the form of migration of tribes like the Drahyus and the Anus.
Rigveda: A Historical Analysis
This book analyses Rigveda, which is the oldest Sanskrit text and uses the data present in it (geography, river names, mountain names, place names, plant names, animal names, names of composers, kings and sages) to show that it supports no migration of any so called Aryans from outside India into India. The data coherently shows migration of people and Vedic culture from India to the west and north in a predominantly east to west direction. He also identifies the Vedic Aryans with the Purus mentioned in the Vedas and Puranas, where as the sibling branches of the Purus viz. the Anus are identified generally with the Iranians and the Drahyus with the Europeans who diversified into various European dialects including English and German.
He also effectively uses the Anukramani section of Rigveda and discovers the correct chronology of the 10 Mandalas (volumes) of Rigved as 6, 3, 7 (early books),, 4, 2, 5 (middle books) and 8,9,10 (late books). The book concludes with a relative chronology of Rigeveda and establishes the general pattern of IE migration from Indian homeland giving rise to Iranian and European language families.
Rigveda and Avesta: The final Evidence
This latest book from Talageri makes a comparative analysis of Rigveda and Avesta (Iranian holy texts) and the Mitanni evidence to extract the final evidence for the migration of Indo European people from an Indian homeland. Using the new evidence emerging out of the comparative analysis of the above mention two oldest attested Indo European texts he firmly establishes that that Proto Indo European language was native to India where it existed in the Ganga basin along with other language groups. He makes it clear that Vedic Aryans were originally inhabitants of Ganga-Yamuna basin and they migrated to Sarasvati subsequently and finally to Sindhu (Indus) and its western tributaries spreading as far as Afganistan. The Proto-Iranians branched off from Vedic Aryans in Punjab and Kashmir from where they spread to their historically attested location in Iran. Proto-Europeans branched off from Vedic Aryans and Iranians from the same area before the early Vedic period. Their memory stayed as the memory of a tribe named the Drahyus (Druids in Celtic) attested both in Avesta and Vedas.
Using the archaeologically attested Mitannis in West Asia and showing that their IE language and personal names indicate that it is post Vedic, he concludes that the date for early RigVedic period cannot be late than 4000 BCE and the date for late RigVedic period cannot be late than 2500 BCE. Thus he establishes an absolute chronology for Rigveda.
YouTube Video of Shrikant Talageri's talk
As an introduction to this book, a YouTube video of Shrikant Talageri's talk is hosted below. This video discusses the topics covered in Shrikant Talageri's books.
Talageri's last two books (Rigveda: A Historical Analysis and Rigveda and Avesta:The final evidence) are available for free reading. Click on the buttons in the widget below to read the free online version or to buy them from online stores.
Talageri's Presentations on the flaws of AIT
AIT: Aryan Invasion Theory
- AIT Part1 - PPT
- AIT Part2 - PPT
Talageri's Presentations on OIT
OIT: Out of India Theory
- The Out of India Theory 1 - Chronology of the Rigveda - PDF
- The Out of India Theory 2 - Recorded History - PDF
- The Out of India Theory 3 - The Linguistic Case - PDF
- Rigveda And Avesta The Final Evidence
- Rigveda: A historical Analysis - with custom search facility
- Shrikant Talageri's AIT PPT Part1
- Shrikant Talageri's AIT PPT Part2
- Shrikant Talageri's OIT PPT Part1
- Shrikant Talageri's OIT PPT Part2
- Shrikant Talageri's OIT PPT Part3
- AIT a Reappraisal - the book AIT a Reappraisal is actually the Section II and III of the book AIT and Indian Nationalism
- Aryan Invasion Theory and Indian Nationalism - Amazon
- Aryan Invasion Theory A Reappraisal - Amazon
- Rigveda A Historical Analysis - Amazon
- Rigveda and Avesta The Final Evidence - Amazon
- The Rig Veda - A Historical Analysis - by Srikant G Talageri, Voice of India
- Rigveda and the Avesta: The Final Evidence - by Srikant G Talageri
- A Review of Talageri's book RV & Avesta: The Final Evidence - Dr. Koenraad Elst