hanumadu wrote:Arya has a specific meaning in Samskrit which is a noble person. Arya does not represent a geography. Arya Varta represents a geography, so if we want to go by your definition, it should be AryaVartans.
Semantics. Even Indologists who don't think Aryans were a race ( BB Lal, Parpola, Kazanas, etc) use it to denote people, just as Arya is used to denote people
is not the same as "India is a land of the Arya
." - the latter as Hanumadu correctly pointed out is Aryavarta
("Where Arya are present" need not be geographic, but has been used that way in many puranas etc. to denote the geographic region of greater India).
In Sanskrit it is common to use आर्य or आर्या for male and female noble individuals
... the word Arya is embedded in a large number of Sanskrit words - आचार्य (teacher), उच्चार्य (pronounce), कार्य (work), कार्यालयः (place of work), कौमार्य (childhood), धार्यते (utilized), नार्यः (women), प्रसार्य (hold forth), etc. This means, the word has existed for a long time and has been used in so many different ways not limiting it to specific people, language or skin color. There is some grey area on who could be considered noble and who could not be... this had to do with who conducted sacrifices and who did not...
but it was never meant to denote race - as that concept did not exist at that time. Race is an European creation. There is no term in Sanskrit for 'race," just as I bet you there is no term for "Jati" or "Varna" in English or any European language - If you say "Caste" it goes back to being a racist Portuguese!
Hope you see the difference between a person being addressed as noble from a term depicting "race
"Indians of education must consider the word "Aryan" the equivalent of the N word for African origin people!
If someone uses this word to denote people, then he or she is a RACIST!