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12-year-old Bantu, the son of a farmer from Uttar Pradesh and who lost a leg to cancer, succumbed to dengue a fortnight ago in Delhi. The capital, which is battling one of the worst seasons of the den...
Growing up in India, I never met or heard about Indians with African lineages. Then in 2005 I watched a dance performance by the Sidi Goma, a group of musicians from an African Indian community, and I was astonished and mesmerised. Since then I've discovered that India's African roots are much older than the Siddis, and are not only evident in numerous other communities, but percolate through direct descent in the blood of at least 600 million Indians.