An interview from January 6, 1998 with one of the subcontinent's most remarkable archaeologists covers his Indus excavations and objections to theories by good friends.
Essay on the interview of Indus Valley Scholar (Sanskritologist) Agha Hasan Dani of Benares Hindu University (friend of Sir Mortimer Wheeler) and his theories concerning the Indus Valley language and script.
Q: What do you think about the theory today that the Indus language was a Dravidian language and that there is a connection between the Indus culture and today's South Indian culture? A: This is
But let me correct myself. There is one particular aspect which does survive, not only in South India, but also in Sri Lanka.
On the other hand, I have been talking to Prof. Parpola that certainly this is an agglutinative language, there is no doubt. That has been accepted by all of us.
Q: Do you think that the Indus Valley people could have been Aryans before the Rgvedic Aryans, another group of Aryans who had come down much earlier and created their own civilization? A: Whatever we
Q: You don't think that there are some profound connections with later Hinduism, like bathing in the water, or the yogic figure on some of the seals? A: This has no doubt been the interpretation given
Q: Your excavations of the pre-Indus people, at Rehman Dheri and so forth, what do you think the implications are for understanding the Indus people? A: In Rehman Dheri, we do have town planning, we