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Dr. Munish Kumar Raizada

The recently concluded International Roma Conference in New Delhi brought into focus about the Roma and how India is even connected to this issue.

There are more than 11 million people who are called Roma or Romanis or even Gypsies. They live in various parts of Europe, mainly concentrated along the Balkan peninsula (example: Romania, Bulgaria), Russia, Eastern parts of Turkey and as far as Brazil and USA. The name Gypsy derived from the assumption that these people originate from Egypt, which is obviously not true.

The name Gypsy derived from the assumption that these people originate from Egypt, which is obviously not true.

Roma people are nomads who migrated to the West from India around the 11th century and their language has a strong mix of many Hindi words. Scholars believe Romas mainly originated from Rajasthan and Punjab areas, from tribes like Banjara, Dom, Chauhan, Gujjar, Sansi, etc.

Even though Romanis have now adapted to predominant religions of the places where they live around, yet they proudly exhibit their ancestry to India.

Roma people are typically a discriminated tribe, struggling with poverty and lack of education. The local governments have not made many efforts to settle them and integrate them in the society.

In the conference, Romanis made a passionate appeal for inclusion in Indian diaspora and strengthening the Indian ties. The Government of India has so far paid lip service to their aspirations and needs.

It is high time that Prime Minister Modi takes up the issue of Roman people with the various the European Union and elsewhere so that there is a pro-active approach to give them their due place in the society. Romanis need access to housing, education, and employment.

It is high time that when the Europe is opening its arms to Syrian refugees, it also gives due credit to its displaced and neglected Romanis within their lands.

Some other articles that have been published at NewsGram on this issue are given below.
Also read: http://www.newsgram.com/taking-forward-their-indian-ancestry-hindi-words-touch-roma-dialect/

Also read: http://www.newsgram.com/we-romas-would-like-to-be-treated-as-indian-diaspora/
Dr. raizada is the Chief editor at NewsGram. Twitter:@drmunishraizada

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India Continues Engaging With USA Over H-1B Passport Issue

India is closely engaged with the US administration as well as the US Congress on this matter.

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As Trump proposes changes in H1-B visa, India continues to engage with US

India is continuing to engage with the US over the H-1B visa, largely availed of by Indian IT companies, after the Trump administration proposed changes to the programme, a senior official said on Thursday.

“It is a very important topic for us and that is the reason why we have time and again at various levels, we have taken up this matter with the US side,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to queries by journalists here.

Kumar said that most recently, the issue was raised during the first ever India-US 2+2 Ministerial Meeting held here last month that was attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis.

On Wednesday, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to come out with its new proposal by January 2019.

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It will also “revise the definition” of employment and employer-employee relationship to “better protect” US workers and wages Flickr

The DHS said it was also proposing to remove from its regulations certain H-4 spouses of H-1B non-immigrants as a class of aliens eligible for employment authorisation.

The move to end the rule could have an impact on more than 70,000 H-4 visa holders, who have work permits.

The H-4 visas are issued by the USCIS to immediate family members (spouse and children under 21 years of age) of the holders of H-1B visa.

The DHS said it will propose to revise the definition of speciality occupation to increase focus on obtaining the best and the brightest foreign nationals via the H-1B programme.

It will also “revise the definition” of employment and employer-employee relationship to “better protect” US workers and wages, the DHS said.

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President Donald Trump speaks about immigration alongside family members affected by crimes committed by undocumented immigrants, at the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, June 22, 2018, in Washington, VOA

In his remarks on Thursday, Kumar said that India is closely engaged with the US administration as well as the US Congress on this matter.

Stating that there are certain bills which have been introduced, he, however, said that “it is important to note that none of these bills have been passed so far”.

“When we have engaged with the US, we have emphasised that our partnership which we have in the digital sphere have been mutually beneficial,” the spokesperson said.

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“We have highlighted the role which has been played by the highly skilled Indian professionals who have actually contributed to the growth and development of the US economy,” he stated.

“And also they have helped the US to maintain a competitive edge in the world towards innovation and science and technology.” (IANS)