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Roma community may soon get India’s official recognition title

Roma community may soon get India’s official recognition title

New Delhi, March 5 (UITV)- The 20 million strong Roma community spread across 30 countries as Indian diaspora may soon get India’s official recognition title. This comes as a direct result of the recommendations initiated in a conference by the Indian Council for Cultural relations (ICCR) and the Antar Rashtriya Sahayod Parisad (ARSP).

An introductory paper released ahead of the conference organized by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Antar Rashtriya Sahayod Parisad (ARSP) said that many Roma scholars, anthropologists and historians researching their origins have approved their roots in India.

However, these people have not been accepted by society in various parts of the world and continue to face persecution of various types. They continue to live on the fringes of urban centers.

After External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj stated that the people of the Roma community, whose ancestor are believed to have migrated some 1,500 years ago, were children of India, an International conference here ended with a recommendation to recognize them as part of the Indian diaspora.

Vikas Swarup, spokesman of the external affairs ministry under which the ICCR falls said that the conference was meant to create further awareness globally about the Romas and provide useful pointers towards developing educational and scientific structures and help in finding solutions for challenges being faced by the Roma community across the world.

Romas are said to be descendants of Dom, Banjara, Gujjar, Sansi, Chauhan, Dhangar and other nomadic groups from northwest India. According to some scholars, the first migration followed the invasion of Alexander the Great who carried ironsmiths skilled in making weapons in large numbers in the 5th century BC.