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Swastika dates back to 11,000 years and is pre-Aryan, say researchers

Swastika, the holy Indian symbol is much older than Aryans and even the Indus Valley Civilization, says the research conducted by Sandhi, an HRD ministry-sponsored effort to amalgamate ancient Indian knowledge systems with contemporary science. The researchers claim that they have found the most mature and geometrically ordered Swastika in the pre-Harappan times in the form of seals.

The team which has conducted the research is consists of top-notch researchers from some of the most prestigious institutions in India like IITs, NITs, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology-Ahmedabad, School of Planning and Architecture-Bhopal, and Jadavpur University.

Swastika is considered holy not only in Hindu religion but Buddhists and Jains also assume it as a sacred sign. The researchers have claimed that Swastika dates back at least 11,000 years and have traced its spread to western and Middle-Eastern civilizations. Earlier arachnologists had found that Swastika was used by the Ancient Greeks, Celts, and Anglo-Saxons and some of the oldest examples have been found in Eastern Europe, from the Baltic to the Balkans.

“These are scintillating findings that will help us announce that the Indian civilization is far more ancient than what is written in accepted history books, mostly by Europeans,” said Joy Sen, a faculty member at IIT-Kgp faculty and lead project investigator.

The research is likely to trigger controversy as an attempt by the government to glorify the Hindu revivalists’ movement and admiration of culturally rich past, of vedas and puranas and ancient knowledge domains. The government has already been under attack for manipulating Indian history and propelling alternative ‘Hindu view’ of Indian history.

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