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Deciphered: FM Nirmala Sitharaman stands by her remark on Harappan script

Archaeologists have found thousands of short inscriptions, most of which have  4 to 5 symbols.

Published: 03rd February 2020 08:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd February 2020 08:55 AM   |  A+A-

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (Photo | PTI)

Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  A day after her budget speech where she said Harappan  script had been deciphered made her a target of Twitteratis, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in an interaction with journalists on Sunday, again reiterated that “deciphering has happened.” 

“The guilds of Saraswati-Sindhu civilization & the Harappan seals are remarkable…  Words from the Indus Script-hieroglyphs have been deciphered,” the FM had said, She went on imply that words found in the script include: ‘Takara Kolimi’  (or) Tin smithery,  Sreni or Guild’, ‘Sethi’ or wholesale merchant and ‘Poddar’ or ‘Assayer of metal into treasury’.

However, most historians hold that the Harappan script has yet to be deciphered. A prize of $ 10,000 offered as reward by an anonymous donor in 2004 through Steve Farmer, still remains unclaimed.  Before that, comparative historian Farmer along with Michael Wizel, Harvard’s professor of Sanskrit and Indian Studies, had argued that the Harappan seals do not represent a written language.

A research paper in the magazine ‘Science’ by Rajesh Rao did claim that a statistical analysis of Indus Valley inscriptions shows it was a written script, but it could not come up with a deciphering of the language, say historians. The  Harappan civilisation existed in a time period range of between  5,500 BC to 1,500 BC.

Archaeologists have found thousands of short inscriptions, most of which have  4 to 5 symbols.  The symbols have remained an enigma for most. “There is a Right-wing historical prescription that Harappans had a link with Aryan civilisation and that Aryans are indigenous,” said Prof Aditya Mukherjee, formerly of the Centre for Historical Studies, JNU. 



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  • Sujay Rao Mandavilli

    Please go through my papers. You will find them extremely useful. Sujay Rao Mandavilli
    7 months ago reply
  • Ravi

    The appellation JNU definitely indicate a biased opinion of our ancient history specially if connected to Hindus. For some unknown reasons these scholars have been brain washed to opine in a particular way. Witzel and Farmer have always been known to take a particular stand in these matters and the reason no one has claimed their prize is not because of not finding the truith but such prizes would be below the dignity of claimants from India !
    1 year ago reply
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