F. E. Pargiter

British civil servant and orientalist

Frederick Eden Pargiter (1852 - 18 February 1927) was a British civil servant and Orientalist.


Ancient Indian Historical Tradition (1962)Edit

Ancient Indian Historical Tradition by F.E. Pargiter, Motilal Banarsidas, Delhi-Varanasi-Patna, 1962. Quoted in Talageri, S. (2000). The Rigveda: A historical analysis. New Delhi: Aditya Prakashan.

  • Indian tradition knows nothing of any Aila or Aryan invasion of India from Afghanistan, nor of any gradual advance from thence eastwards.
  • The Aryans began at Allahabad, conquered and spread out northwest, west and south, and had by YayAti’s time occupied precisely the region known as MadhyadeSa… They expanded afterwards into the Punjab and East Afghanistan, into West India and the northwest Dekhan…
  • Indian tradition distinctly asserts that there was an Aila outflow of the Druhyus through the northwest into the countries beyond where they founded various kingdoms.
  • There is nothing in them (Puranic accounts), as far as I am aware, really inconsistent with the most ancient book we possess, namely, the Rigveda, and they throw much light thereon, and on all problems concerning ancient India.
  • The bulk of the Rigveda was composed in the great development of Brahmanism that arose under the succesors of king Bharata who reigned in the upper Ganges-Jumna doab and plain;
  • Tradition… makes the earliest connexion of the Veda to be with the eastern region and not with the Punjab.
  • [The fact that there are Indo-European languages outside India: Pargiter clearly attributes the presence of these languages to the] Aila outflow of the Druhyus through the northwest into the countries beyond where they founded various kingdoms.
  • There was an outflow of people from India before the fifteenth century BC.
  • The arguments used to prove the advance of the Aryans from Afghanistan into the Punjab might simply be reversed.
  • [tradition] makes the Aila power begin at Allahabad and yet distinctly suggests that they came from outside India.
  • Tradition or myth… directly indicates that the Ailas (or Aryans) entered India from the mid-Himalayan region.
  • All ancient Indian belief and veneration were directed to the mid-Himalayan region, the only original sacred outside land, and it was thither that rishis and kings turned their steps in devotion, never to the northwest.
  • The next Druhyu king Gandhāra retired to the northwest and gave his name to the Gandhāra country.
  • One branch, headed by Uśīnara established several kingdoms on the eastern border of the Punjab [...] his famous son Śivi originated the Śivis [footnote: called Śivas in Rigveda VII.18.7] in Śivapura, and extending his conquests westwards [...] occupying the whole of the Punjab except the northwestern corner.

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