History

The Danish Indian Society was founded in 1948 in Copenhagen as a consequence of Indian independence in 1947, which inspired renewed interest in India and its culture.

Among the founders of the Society were the Indology Professor P. Tuxen, the economics Professor W. Clemmesen, and the businessman Mr. Victor B. Strand, who were all later elected chairmen of the Society. Another founder was Miss Ellen Hørup - the strongly motivating force behind "Friends of India" in the thirties. Miss Ellen Hørup had earlier visited Mahatma Gandhi's ashram in India together with Miss Esther Fløng, the well-known missionary.

From the very beginning the Danish Indian Society had the twofold aim of encouraging cultural as well as commercial and economic co-operation between Denmark and India.

As the years passed, commercial relations between India and Denmark assumed an established form. In the sixties and seventies the main focus of interest of the Society accordingly changed to development co-operation, such as the Mysore project.

Having undertaken a pioneering function in developing relations between the two countries, the Danish Indian Society now concentrates on disseminating information on India and on being a meeting place for Danes and Indians, often on festive occasions.


The logo of the society
The middle part shows the name of the society in Danish, Hindi and English, followed by the information that the society was established in 1948.

The two symbols on the flanks are seals from the Indus Valley Civilization, the earliest known civilization in the Indian sub-continent, which flourished 3000-1500 B.C..

The main archaeological sites are at Mohenjodaro and Harappa, where apart from household articles, ornaments and amulets, more than 2000 seals have been found.

The inscriptions on the seals have not yet been definitively deciphered.

Recently, a group of Finnish researchers has claimed a decipherment, to the effect that it is a Dravidian language, like the four languages of South India: Tamil (Tamil Nadu), Malayalam (Kerala), Telugu (Andhra Pradesh) og Kannada (Karnataka).

If that is true, it entails that the entire Indus Valley, during that period, was inhabited by Dravidians, who were then driven out towards the southern corner of the Indian peninsula by the invading Indo-Europeans or Aryans, as they are called in India.

The fact that some Dravidian languages are still spoken in isolated regions of the Indus Valley (now in Pakistan), supports this theory.

But the experts are far from a consensus on this point!