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New Delhi: In a display of belongingness towards the Roma community, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Friday that Romas spread across the world are the children of India.

“You are the children of India who migrated and lived in challenging circumstances in foreign lands for centuries. Yet you maintained your Indian identity,” Sushma Swaraj said while inaugurating the three-day International Roma Conference and Cultural Festival 2016 here.

“A strong 20 million Roma population is spread over 30 countries encompassing West Asia, Europe, America and Australia,” she said.

Romas are said to be descendants of groups in India like Dom, Banjara, Gujjar, Sansi, Chauhan, Sikligar, Dhangar and other nomadic groups from northwest India.

They are known variously as “Zigeuner” in Germany, “Tsyiganes” or “Manus” in France, “Tatara” in Sweden, “Gitano” in Spain, and “Tshingan” in Turkey and Greece, “Tsigan” in Russia, Bulgaria and Romania and “Gypsies” in Britain.

Lauding the community, Sushma Swaraj said that the Romas were “the perfect example of peaceful co-existence in multicultural societies”.

“In fact, they are perfect flag-bearers of Indian ethos and we are proud of it,” she said.

Stating that there was credible evidence which indicated the migration of Roma community from India towards the west in the fifth century, the minister said: “We Indians are proud of the progress and name that the Roma community has made for itself at the local and international level. More significantly so, because the process of adaptation, diffusion and progress were based on Indian value systems of peaceful co-existence, respecting other cultures and contributing towards growth. Roma maintained Indian traditions in the countries that were unaware of India, and its culture and traditions and thereby maintained Indian identity.”

Sushma Swaraj also congratulated all those scholars who have re-written the forgotten history of the Roma community and its links with India.

“This needs to be further augmented with continued efforts and in-depth research. Precious heritage of Roma community and its relations with India needs to be carefully preserved and documented,” she said.

Thirty-three scholars and 12 cultural performers from 12 countries apart from 15 Indian scholars are attending the three-day event that is being organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Antar Rashtriya Sahayog Parishad (ARSP)-Bharat.

ICCR Director General C Rajasekhar also highlighted the contributions of the Roma community in first world countries.

“In Romania and Bulgaria, Roma community forms 12 percent of their total population. In Turkey, they have a population of 2.75 million while they have a significance presence in Russia, Slovakia, Hungry, Serbia, Spain and France. They have kept the Indian spirit alive at all these places despite adverse circumstances,” Rajasekhar said.

ICCR President Lokesh Chandra claimed that the Roma community made an immense contribution to building London which is counted among the most developed and amazingly planned modern cities.

“Romas have been a community of craftsmen. They have been ironsmiths, coppersmiths who were living on the outskirts of the habitations,” he said.

“They made weapons for the state of Hungary in the 15th century during the reign of King Ulaszlo II and were close to royalty in those times. They were also primary contributors to building the topmost cities of the world,” he added. (IANS)

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  • Kallol Guha Phd

    Whoever might have written the article on ROMA should know that these communities are all over Europe. I have met them in Denmark, and Sweden. A larger community of these nomads or gypsies live in Finland where I interacted with them rater closely. Finns call them MUSTALINEN or BLACK PEOPLE. They are secluded from the main population and live isolated life. Local people are made to believe they are alcoholic, lazy, collect social security at the expense of the generosity of the local population. Presence of gypsies in a public place is generally avoided by locals who are conditioned to believe that they are violent by nature and more prone to theft. They are discriminated in jobs, housing like the blacks in USA. Any individual or a community when reduced to their minimum existence by whatever means and see no avenue for getting over their plight – they resort to various vices as an escape from frustration. Hence many of them suffer from alcoholism and drug addiction. Europeans claim that they are of Indian origin and thus shows a clear tendency to brand Indians with similar vices. European mainstream, media does everything necessary to brand these minority as inferior race of Indian origin to reinforce white supremacy in the mind of their own population. India over the last 65 years has done nothing to address this issue. After all Anglophonic Indian education system itself is designed to strip people of all sense of self respect so that Indians may feel proud to imitate the West and discard all that is indigenous. Hopefully the present Government will take note of these gypsies and arouse sense of self respect at home before anything effective can be done to the diaspora.

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  • Kallol Guha Phd

    Whoever might have written the article on ROMA should know that these communities are all over Europe. I have met them in Denmark, and Sweden. A larger community of these nomads or gypsies live in Finland where I interacted with them rater closely. Finns call them MUSTALINEN or BLACK PEOPLE. They are secluded from the main population and live isolated life. Local people are made to believe they are alcoholic, lazy, collect social security at the expense of the generosity of the local population. Presence of gypsies in a public place is generally avoided by locals who are conditioned to believe that they are violent by nature and more prone to theft. They are discriminated in jobs, housing like the blacks in USA. Any individual or a community when reduced to their minimum existence by whatever means and see no avenue for getting over their plight – they resort to various vices as an escape from frustration. Hence many of them suffer from alcoholism and drug addiction. Europeans claim that they are of Indian origin and thus shows a clear tendency to brand Indians with similar vices. European mainstream, media does everything necessary to brand these minority as inferior race of Indian origin to reinforce white supremacy in the mind of their own population. India over the last 65 years has done nothing to address this issue. After all Anglophonic Indian education system itself is designed to strip people of all sense of self respect so that Indians may feel proud to imitate the West and discard all that is indigenous. Hopefully the present Government will take note of these gypsies and arouse sense of self respect at home before anything effective can be done to the diaspora.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia
FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

Read more about Indian cuisine abroad: Hindoostane Coffee House: London’s First Indian Restaurant.

Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)