009. There were no sea in between India and Africa in the distant past.


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India Africa Partnership. A People’s Movement.

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There were no sea in between India and Africa in the distant past.

Recent articles in India Current Affairs on Indo-African Relations highlights the following facts: India’s revitalized engagement with the African continent is a living embodiment of South-South Co-operation. In the summit attended by our Prime Minister, a large gathering of African leaders will meet their Indian counterparts. Trade-links existed between the countries dating fro a misty past. India, Tanzania and Ethiopia share very good relations. India campaigned against apartheid. Indian communities are part of the cultural and commercial landscape of the African continent. The large number of population of Indian origin in all parts of Africa is a living testimony to the historical links between India and Africa. Everything right and true but the following facts has a special relevance on this occasion.

  

In the misty past, the people of India and Africa moved perfectly freely. There was no ocean in between these two continents. If one wished, he could travel by land to Africa from India. It was one single land mass and one single people. How can one explain the close resemblance of South Indians, especially the Tamilians to the Africans? Resemblance of Dravidians to Africans is obvious. Not only the people but their languages also share exciting similarities. Linguistic research has shown that the people of this vast ancient continent shared a common language closely similar to Tamil. Unfortunately and mysteriously this studies were not pursued further. Hereunder is a line from a song sung by a bird: ‘Elukira, thoonku vaanala, njaaru paarumaa.’ In Tamil elukiru and ekiru means bone, thoonku means will hang, vaanala means ripples in the sky which is wind, njaaru means we and paaruma means will fly. The line of the song in English means ‘when the wind enters our feathery bones, we will fly.’ Don’t think this line is in Tamil; it is Afrikaanese.


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