QUOTE (Jagger @ Jan 31 2010, 10:50 PM)
You are partly wrong. While many of the Siddis are descended from African slaves, there are also many Siddis who are descended from African sailors, servants, merchants, and even soldiers that came with the early Muslim invaders.
Half of Africa's population follows Islam, therefore most the Siddi's ancestors were most likely already Muslims long before they arrived in India. And what makes the situation of the Siddis any different to that of African Americans? Siddis have been living in India for a lot longer than African Americans have in America, and yet most people would not even question whether or not African Amerians are "Americans".
Booyah I don't give a sh*t about African Americans. Not in the sense with their relation to the situation being discussed, their history and dignity as humans I do.
African Americans earn their damn right to every ounce of modern American identification as do the the European(White) Americans. They shed their blood, tears and sweat in building the nation known know today as USA.
Siddhis just did the bidding of Sayyids/Sharifs/Sheikhs and other HIGH CASTE Muslims.
"Indian" is a nationality.
I so did not know that.
"Race" or "ethnicity" has nothing to do with it.
Race may not. Ethnicity does. Some people just "happened" to be born in India along with several of their ancestors and by that accident alone they are given the identity of being an Indian national. But I beg to differ, I believe those who passionately defend the region that compose of India have the rights to call themselves as Indian.
That easily excludes Muslims.
Siddis are of Indian nationality, whether we like it or not.
Nationality being a status based upon generations of ancestors being born in the region. Doesn't mean sh*t really.
The same goes for the Parsis, Anglo-Indians, Northeast Indians, or any other Indian nationals who don't look like "typical" Indians.
Parsees don't look Indian?
Really? Looks Pakistani to me.
Did I said that weren't the case? Parsees clearly CHOSE to be Indians and so did Mongoloid North Eastern Indians.
In fact the progressivePalaMongolid/Sinid invaders from Southern China forced the EastWeddids into Bengal/Chotia Nagpur when they expanded in the North East from China and thereby breaking the once EastWeddid zone stretching from East India to South East Asia. In many instances they killed the Weddids and completely replaced them, same with some parts of South East Asia.
I do recognize North East Indians as wholly Indian as I do the Hindus.