Rajya Sabha member T.G. Venkatesh lashed out at writer Kancha Ilaiah on Thursday for dubbing Arya Vysyas migrants, and asserted that they were Dravidians and the term ‘Arya’ denoted nobleness.
A DNA test would prove that the Arya Vysyas were Dravidians and not Aryans, Mr. Venkatesh said addressing the media here.
People of the community would immolate themselves if the DNA test proved they were Aryans, he said, and asked Prof. Ilaiah to spell out the punishment he would undergo if he failed to prove they were Aryans.
Flaying Prof. Ilaiah for comparing the Arya Vysyas with the Banias from north India, Mr. Venkatesh asserted that both were business communities but unrelated to each other.
Taking a dig at the Communist leaders for rallying behind Prof. Ilaiah, he said the writer should be given a Nobel prize for changing the mindset of the Communists and making them pro-American.
Mr. Venkatesh said the Supreme Court had only disposed of the plea for a ban on Prof. Ilaiah’s book stating that it required further scrutiny and did not dismiss it as was being claimed.
Saying the Arya Vysyas would not obstruct his felicitation, he said the writer would face a backlash if he continued to distort history.