“How has the dejection come to you at this juncture? This is not fit for an Aryan. It is disgraceful, and it does not lead one to heaven, O Arjuna.” ~ Lord Krishna in Holy Book ‘Gita’
Hitler, the most hated dictator of modern era was responsible for the deaths of millions of innocent people, just because they did not fit his distorted and evil vision of so called ‘pure race’. We all know that Hitler and Nazi Germany wanted to propagate, what is often quoted as, the ‘Aryan race’. The term ‘Aryan Race’ and its meaning are often mistaken or distorted from what it really stands for.
Here are some of the key facts:
- Aryans are the original speakers of the Indo-European languages. According to the most common definition, Aryans originate from the ancient Indo-Iranians, Indo-European peoples who inhabited parts of what are now Iran, Afghanistan, and India.
- The word ‘Arya’ is found in Hindu religion and in Sanskrit, and it refers to the upper crust of ancient Indian society, or a noble person.
- A German scholar has also linked the Indo-Iranian Aryan with the German word ‘Ehre’ meaning “honor”.
However, according to what Hitler and his Nazi regime believed, the Aryan descendants are supposedly a sub-group of the Caucasian (White) race. Hitler wanted to put forward this Aryan race as the ‘master race’ or ‘supreme race’.
According to a leaflet from 1929 Nazi propaganda in German, “The Aryan race is tall, long legged, slim. The race is narrow-faced, with a narrow forehead, a narrow high built nose and a lower jaw and prominent chin, the skin is rosy bright and the blood shines through …. the hair is smooth, straight or wavy – possibly curly in childhood. The colour is blond.”
In fact, the Aryan race that Hitler aimed for was a ‘pure white’ race from north Europe; he believed it to be the highest representative of mankind.
Part of India, especially north India, was most likely inhabited by descendants of Aryans or Indo-Aryan race, according to the true definition of the term. However, the master or supreme race that Hitler called Aryan, has nothing to do with this link of Indian civilization.
The truth is, Hitler was a white supremacist and wanted to propagate only ‘pure white’ race that excluded Jews, Gypsies and anybody with physical or mental deformities. His definition of Aryan race had nothing (or very little) to do with actual origin of Aryan race.
Also, as far as the Indian connection to Aryan race goes, Hitler’s definition totally excludes modern day Indians from his so called supreme or master race. Based on the ‘aryan looks’ he desired, we – the Indians of today – do not qualify for his narrow criteria.
Hitler was not a big fan of brown or dark skin, actually quite the opposite. His definition of non-Aryan included Jews, Asians and Africans. For example, his dislike of the black athletes during the 1936 Olympics in Berlin was widely reported. Albert Speer, One of Hitler’s minister recollected in his memoirs titled ‘Inside the Third Reich’, “…He (Hitler) was highly annoyed by the series of triumphs by the marvelous colored (meaning ‘black’) American runner, Jesse Owens.”
So, no matter how you look at it, Hitler’s definition of ‘Aryan race’ was distorted, manipulated and misrepresented during Nazi Germany era. In fact, the term Aryan race is used totally wrongfully by Hitler, just to fulfill his own evil agenda of racism. That is a sad truth.
During Word War II, Hitler was an enemy of our enemy – the British Umpire, but he was no friend of the human race, or Aryans for that matter!
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