Theories of Roma Origins and the Bengal Linkage

Harish K. Thakur


Roma, also known as Gypsies, are the people who started migrating from India to West (through West Asian and Central Asian States) long back in the tenth or eleventh century till the late medieval times. The migration took place at different phases of history which is still under scrutiny. It is an established fact now that a good number of them were enslaved by Mahmud Gajni during his raids on India (1000 A.D to 1026 A.D.). There are many theories of Roma origin and migration today but the Kanauj Theory is considered to be more realistic.However, the author contends that since Roma migration is not a onetime exodus as believed by many their origin owes to multiple of movements and kingly acts over the centuries. They are not only from the north-west of India or Kanauj rather from East of India too (Bengal) and also the result of sale of slaves by the kings in medieval times to the land of their origins.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2013.v4n10p22

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