The Reflective Indian

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The Gypsies of Europe – the India Connection

A recent paper published in the journal Current Biology suggests that Europe’s most marginalised community has its origins in Northwest India. This follows prior linguistic and genetic studies which had also made similar suggestions.

Read this article from the Guardian

Guardian – India – Gypsies

Following the expedition of Alexander the Great to north-western India, several scattered communities were left behind in India, including ones that still remain in the Thar desert of Rajasthan (watch Michael Wood’s documentary The Story of India).

Is it possible that some centuries later there was a reverse migration of these communities back into Europe? Is it possible that on trying to return and having been away for so long, these tribes were too different from their ancestors, and they were never able to re-integrate into European mainstream society? 

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