Citizens' Issues
Call to recognise Romas as Indian diaspora
New Delhi : Following External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj terming people of the Roma community spread across the world children of India, an international conference here concluded on Sunday with a call to recognise them as India's diaspora.
 
"Roma people are an Indian nation, the autochthonous territory of southeastern and western Europe, but also in other parts of the world, with all attributes that make them a special national entity," Jovan Damjanovic, president of World Roma Organisation, said at the three-day International Roma Conference and Cultural Festival 2016 here.
 
"We would like to be treated as the Indian diaspora and can make a contribution to our country of origin's growth," he said at the conference organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Antar Rashtriya Sahayog Parishad (ARSP)-Bharat.
 
Inaugurating the conference on Friday, Sushma Swaraj said: "You are the children of India who migrated and lived in challenging circumstances in foreign lands for centuries. Yet you maintained your Indian identity.
 
"A strong 20 million population of your community spread over 30 countries encompassing West Asia, Europe, America and Australia speaks of your unique ability of adapting to foreign cultures. We in India are proud of you... welcome you with an open heart."
 
Said to be descendants of nomadic groups in northwest India like Dom, Banjara, Gujjar, Sansi, Sikligar, Dhangar and others, Romas are known as "Zigeuner" in Germany,"Tsyiganes/Manus" in France, "Tatara" in Sweden, "Gitano" in Spain, "Tshingan" in Turkey and Greece, "Tsigan" in Russia, Bulgaria and Romania and "Gypsies" in Britain.
 
A resolution adopted at the conclusion of the conference on Sunday called for people-to-people contacts between Indians and Romani people to be encouraged.
 
"The cultural recognition of Romani people is of utmost importance for strengthening bonds with Roma," it stated.
 
It also said that there was a need to set up a cell in the external sffairs ministry to study and research the origin of Roma people and examine what status India can accord them.
 
It said their language to be researched to find its roots and heritage in India and Indian students be taught the history of the Roma people and their migration.
 
The 11-point resolution also called for the Romani language to be taught in Indian schools and universities as a recognised foreign language and the preparation of a Romani-Hindi dictionary.
 
"An international cultural festival of Roma should be held in India every two years on the pattern of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas," it said, and also sought a Roma research centre be set up in India.
 
For economic uplift of the Roma people, it also called for provision of micro finance facility to young Roma entrepreneurs.
 
"Economic relations between India and Romani people should be encouraged. Romani people should be invited to contribute and be a part of India's development process in a mutually beneficial manner," it said.
 
The resolution also called on Indian human rights organisations to take up the issues of violation of human rights of Romani people with all national and international agencies.
 
Gina Rubik, niece of Enro Rubik, inventor of the Rubik's Cube, said: "We the Roma are of Hindustani origin."
 
Gina speaks fluent Hindi and sang two of the Hindi songs she has written - "Yadoon ki kahani" (Story of Memories) is written in memory of the bomb blast victims in India, and the second, "Dehshatgardi ka khaatma" (The end of terror), offers a solution against hate and anger which has hindered the peace process in the subcontinent.
 
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Bapoo Malcolm

10 months ago

So we are back to Hindu-Muslim identities. Is there an Indian out there? Just an Indian, nothing else?

We had a Roma girl visiting us and we got very friendly. Nice kid. She had this to say. Their wedding attire is still a sari!

But I doubt they would like to settle here and be subjected to the caste and religious bigotry.

J Pinto

10 months ago

First please welcome all Bangladeshis home to India, there are many who would like to come.

Then think of the Rohingyas.

Only then think of Romas.

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Anand Vaidya

In Reply to J Pinto 10 months ago

Is that a sarcastic remark? Or are you referring to BD Hindus?

Regarding Rohingya muslims, there are like 70+ Muslim nations. Why dont they take them? Why India?

Why revelations of the 'perfect terrorist' matter little
When Headley was arrested more than six years ago, Indian authorities had hoped that the big terror catch by the Americans will help nail Pakistan and its terror lies
 
Media and political brouhaha about David Coleman Headley notwithstanding, the recent admission of the Pakistan-American terrorist about his already known terror links actually mean little to India's Mumbai attack investigations -- not least in New Delhi's attempt to nail Islamabad's complicity in the meticulously planned operation.
 
Headley has off and on been hogging the headlines since his arrest from a Chicago airport in 2009 for his terror odysseys that included surveying targets unsuspectingly in several Indian cities and meeting with senior terrorist operatives of Al Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Taiba in Pakistan.
 
And the master plotter did that for years under the nose of intelligence and security agencies without raising the index of suspicion in the countries, including Denmark, where he scouted freely. He managed to do so without being noticed partly because of his deceptive American looks with heterochromatic eyes and partly because of his "no-guts-no-glory" attitude.
 
When he was arrested more than six years ago, Indian authorities had hoped that the big terror catch by the Americans will help nail Pakistan and its terror lies. But that was not to be.
 
This was revealed by none less than G.K. Pillai, the then home secretary, in an interview with IANS in 2010 when he told me that whatever Headley speaks in the United States, it won't make the Indian case against the Pakistanis any stronger.
 
"I don't think we will get much cooperation from Pakistan. That is not really hoped. We can shout and scream (but) we will have to tackle Pakistan separately," Pillai told me when an Indian team of investigators visited the US to interrogate Headley in a Chicago prison.
 
Pillai was unequivocal in saying that any questioning of Headley was not to nail Pakistan, which he said "is a separate issue" and needed a different strategy than getting evidences from the terror mastermind.
 
That holds good even now despite the fact that India's Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju was expecting that Headley'a stating the obvious will end all ambiguity between state and non-state actors involved in the Islamist terrorism that sprouts from Pakistan.
 
Rijiju, in fact, himself admitted that "it is known that who all were involved" but still the government, he said, believes that "Headley's statement will lead to a logical conclusion. It will help us."
 
The inferences from Headley's statement and the minister's reaction are even more obvious. Are we yet to understand that there are no differences between state and non-state actors when it comes to Pakistan's known support for extremism as an instrument of its foreign policy?
 
Moreover, Headley has revealed nothing that was not already known. The names of perpetrators, including from the Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Pakistan Army have already come up in the terror dossiers -- one has lost count of them -- India has handed over to Pakistan. The dossiers include DNA samples of Mumbai attackers, photographs, voice records and detailed operational information of the carnage that was being carried out in India in 2008 and overseen in Pakistan.
 
In fact, all these so-called "revelations" have already been recorded judicially in a US court. All these statements, including the names of the terror masterminds -- Hafiz Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi -- have been recorded by the investigators who interrogated Headley in 2010.
 
An argument is being made that India did not know all that judicially before Headley spoke to an Indian judge through videoconferencing from the US jail. Will it really help to make a case against Pakistan is a question that begs an answer.
 
Doesn't look like that is possible. Because the Pakistani court which is hearing the Mumbai attack case against the five accused has rejected as "inadmissible" even what looked like plausible findings of two judicial commissions from that country which visited India for evidence and testimonies. Are we to believe that the Pakistani court will take into account an Indian court's findings out of Headley's testimony?
 
Nothing will change in that country till its security, political and judicial establishments look within and realise in true sense the Frankenstein monster has outgrown everything else there. No Headley's medley of information, known and unknown, is going to change that. Least of all, the terror policy to destabilise India.
 
If Headley's judicially valid statement should change anything, it must be India's alertness of its intelligence and swiftness of its security agencies to thwart and prevent attacks like at Mumbai, which was planned long before by Lashkar and ISI operatives who had employed the "perfect terrorist" to map the city unnoticed for two years and develop a blueprint for the mayhem that killed 166 Indians and foreigners.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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shadi katyal

10 months ago

The price Indis has paid and still paying is the lack of clear understanding of the enemy and lack of our any friendly close elationship. We have always blamed all our ills on West and USA. We never understood anything about Cold War. We recently saw our hue and cry about F16 sale but where is the similar call of Russian Ambassador of Russia by MEA. I for one even wonder if MEA even realise the deep relationship between those tow partners.
It is our own misunderstanding that USA will take any action against Pakistn. If one looks with open eyes one can see that Pakistan serivce for more than6 decades have built true lobbying and close relationship with Pentagon.
Pakistan is well aware that she got away with not only hiding OBL and burning and looting of supply lines to Afghanistan and even were aware of IED and guidance of Taliban in Afghanistan and yet no action taken.
India does not have any friends not only in USA but around the world that Mumbai case could have been raised. We might think the rules of peace but world in rality is not so.
We have to become pragmatic and by crying over spilt milk will not work
Grow up and face what Pakistan is and will continue to deny or delay

Apple to replace faulty USB-C cables
New York : US tech giant Apple has announced a worldwide replacement programme for the USB-C cable that it shipped between April and June, 2015.
 
The cable was released with the 12-inch Retina Macbook last year, and according to Apple, it is possible for the cable to fail without warning due to flaw in the design.
 
"As a result, your MacBook may not charge or only charge intermittently when it's connected to a power adapter with an affected cable," iClarified quoted Apple's statement as saying on Saturday.
 
The buyers of these cables may get a new cable if they gave Apple their mailing address when registering for MacBook.
 
Others can contact authorised Apple service provider, or contact Apple customer support.
 
If any user has bought a new one, he/she is eligible for a refund.
 
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