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  1. Subject: Story of India series last two episodes on PBS tonight (8-10 p.m. CT).

    OnJanuary 19th 2009
    back-to-back this Monday on PBS (9-11 p.m. ET).

    From the Wall Street Journal:
    A Story of India
    Seldom is a documentary television program as relevant to current headlines as Michael Wood’s
    wondrously informative and visually dazzling six-hour series,
    First aired by the BBC in the summer of 2007 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Indian and Pakistani independence, the PBS broadcast comes in the wake of darker events: the murderous attacks in Mumbai by Pakistan-based Islamic terrorists, and Islamabad’s unsettling decision to amass troops on its border with India.
    Thus, the timing couldn’t be better for Mr. Wood’s luminous series devoted entirely to a greater understanding of the birthplace of Buddha, the land Hindus call Bharat Mata (Mother India) and a country still home to some 158 million Muslims six decades after the partition of the Indian subcontinent and the creation of Pakistan.
    Mr. Wood, a celebrated British historian and filmmaker, takes the viewer on a journey back in time, tens of thousands of years, before
    religion, before language — one that retraces the steps of India’s first inhabitants, its ancient civilizations, the inception of its religions, its struggle for independence from Britain and, most
    recently, the explosive growth of its middle class and meteoric rise as an economic contender and high-tech marvel.
    With so much ground to cover — both temporally and geographically — it’s easy to see why Mr. Wood chose to divide the series into six one-
    hour episodes, the first of which is called, fittingly, “Beginnings. ”
    Perhaps the most enlightening of all six episodes, especially for those with some knowledge of modern India, this one takes us back some 30,000 years to the first human migrations out of Africa and
    into India, and from there, to the rest of the world.
    It is here, on the beaches of Southern India, still fished as they were thousands of years ago, that we’re first introduced to the boyish Mr. Wood, who’s typically bursting with enthusiasm for his
    subject: “They were beachcombers, barefoot hunter-gatherers, driven as human beings always have been, by chance and necessity — but also
    surely by curiosity, that most human of qualities. When they came here to India they must have been overwhelmed by the fertility. Here,down south, you throw a mango away and a tree will grow. Life is
    super abundant. So here some of them stayed — and they were the first Indians.”
    From here, Mr. Wood takes us on a tour of India’s past and present,a grand history lesson that teaches us, among other things, that “all non-Africans on the planet can trace their descent from those early migrations into India. The rest of the world was populated from here — ‘Mother India’ indeed.”
    Accompanying this narration is shot after shot of beautiful Indian faces — some olive, some ebony, some aged and worn, others young and full of hope. Throughout the series, Indian scholars an scientists, historians and holy men and everyday mothers, fathers and farmers take turns telling the endless story of India.
    In Kerala, we learn, the chants of Brahmin priests bear no resemblance to any known language or music; rather, they most resemble patterns found only in bird songs. Here, we discover, is an
    oral tradition that perhaps predates language.
    In Tamil Nadu, geneticists from the University of Madurai share an “astonishing discovery” — that the “M130” gene they’ve identified as belonging to the “first Indian” is still prevalent in India’s deep
    south some 30,000 years later. Surprisingly, while conquerors,languages and religions have come and gone, the gene pool has remained largely constant.
    Indeed, what is most fascinating about the ancient civilizations of India is how much they have to tell us about our connections to the past — how much we have still not apprehended. Sanskrit, we
    discover, shares the same origins as Greek and Latin and dozens of other languages still spoken by billions around the world.
    When the pyramids were under construction in Egypt, vast cities in India were teeming with life. The Harappan Empire, the largest of the
    ancient world, flourished in the Indus Valley for centuries. Then, around 1900 B.C., trade declined, cities collapsed and people returned to the land. Why? The life-giving monsoons changed course,
    wreaking havoc on trade routes and food and water supplies. “Climate change shifted the center of gravity of Indian history,” explains Mr. Wood. “The Indus cities died” and the ancients “moved inland to the plains of the River Ganges.”
    This is just the beginning of an expedition that draws a straight line from the ancient civilizations of the Indus Valley to the high-tech wonders and wealth of Bangalore’s Silicon Valley. Like the
    Discovery Channel’s “Planet Earth,” this is documentary television that shouldn’t be missed. As Mr. Wood explains with great verve at the start of our voyage: “Only India has preserved the unbroken
    thread of the human story that binds us all.”
    “Story of India” Misses the Mark on India’s History, Hindu Watchdog Group Announces
    January 10, 2009 (Washington, D.C.)– Historian Michael Wood’s visually stunning documentary on India’s history, “The Story of India,” currently appearing on public television, is reigniting a bitter debate over the origins of Indian civilization. The Hindu American Foundation, a prominent Hindu advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., recorded a deluge of phone calls criticizing Wood’s presentation of the Aryan Migration Theory (AMT). The AMT theorizes that in 1500 BCE, pastoral tribes that came to be known as Aryans, migrated from Central Europe to Northwest India eventually dispersing indigenous peoples and imposing their own culture. This theory, that is not supported by archaeological evidence, was first posited by European indologists and British colonialists, eventually finding support from a section of India’s politically motivated linguists and historians such as Romila Thapar, and famously, controversial Harvard linguist, Michael Witzel.
    In his documentary, Wood holds that the early Hindu practice of worshipping devas, or demigods representing elements, somehow implies that these practices were imported from Central Asia. And while referencing obliquely that the Aryan Migration Theory is controversial, Wood fails to present contrary evidence that many scientists believe refutes the claim that the progenitors of Hindu civilization came from west of the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan.
    “There is no debate that India was always the cradle of Hindu civilization, and the Vedas, the Hindu’s holiest scriptures, are the recorded history of our ancestors,” said Suhag Shukla, HAF’s Managing Director. “We strongly oppose the insulting theory–advanced by agenda-driven activist historians–that our rishis, the great sages who composed the Vedas, were foreign to India, and Wood does viewers a disservice in not presenting both sides of the coin of the debate, in an otherwise admirable and beautiful work.”
    The AMT is reviled by many Hindus due to its implicit proposition that a tribe of “Aryans” migrated into the Indian subcontinent, subjugated an indigenous people dispersing them to South India and established a caste system where the highest castes are comprised of “Aryans” and lower castes were indigenous peoples–an ethno-religious apartheid system.
    This explosive theory that narrates that Aryans were only the first colonizers–followed by Greeks, Mongols, Turks, Persians–was used by European historians to justify the last foreign claim on India, the British Raj.
    However, it is the latest genetic evidence, based on chromosomal and DNA analysis, that scientists believe definitively discredits the AMT. Studies published in 2006, in the highly reputed Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and American Journal of Human Genetics, demonstrate that Y-chromosomal data collected from dozens of Indian sub-populations and tribal areas confirmed a common ancestry between all caste groups and tribals. The scientists in both studies concluded that there was no genetic basis to a claim that any migration occurred from west of India, and in fact, theorized that a northward migration may have occurred from India, out to Central Asia.
    “Michael Wood clearly admires India and its people, and this shows through in his passionate depiction of India,” said Sheetal Shah, HAF’s Director of Development and Outreach . “We are not seeking to discredit the “Story of India” in its entirety, but viewers should be aware that a major error was made in the documentary that fails scrutiny and should be corrected.”
    The Hindu American Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, non-partisan organization promoting the Hindu and American ideals of understanding, tolerance and pluralism. Contact HAF at 1-301-770-7835 or on the web at http://www.HAFsite.org.

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