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Subcontinental Muslims Do Have Genetic Affinity With Arabs

Recently some European experts of genetics and DNA (Dr Colin Butcher, Dr Andrew Slater etc.) concluded that contrary to the derogatory belief, spread by rabid Hindus, that all Sub- continental Muslims have the same ethnic DNA pattern, it’s been found that nearly 17 percent Subcontinental Muslims have DNA affinity with Arab and Central Asian Muslims.

People like Subramanyam Swami, Praveen Togadia and some other Hindu zealots belonging to RSS have been saying ad nauseam that all Muslims of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have genetic roots in the Sub-continent. In other words, all had HINDU ancestors. While it’s partially true, it’s not a fact corroborated by recent ethnic studies and genetic structuralism involving DNA patterns and gene pools.

Many Indian and Pakistani Muslims do have Arab and Central Asian DNA in them. Though it’s undergone dilution, the gene roots and remnants are too strong to be denied and completely erased.

I’m against some Muslims showing unnecessary Arab affinity, but an umbilical attachment with the Arab roots of a few Muslims cannot always be called Arabification of the Indian Muslims or Arab ethnocentrism of Subcontinental Muslims.

Lastly, Rahul Sankrityayan, a Hindu Brahmin, who embraced Buddhism, wrote in his celebrated book ‘Volga Se Ganga Tak’ that all Subcontinental Muslims were not converts from Hinduism. Many of them embraced Islam directly from paganism, which was different from the paganism of Hinduism. So it’s erroneous to say that all Muslims of India and Pakistan had Hindu ancestors.

It’s worthwhile to state that there was “parallel paganism” prevalent in the Subcontinent when Islam came into being in the Arab peninsula some 1400 years ago. Those followers of parallel paganism accepted Islam and they had nothing to do with Hinduism. Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan mentioned this fact in one of his lectures at Oxford University when he was the Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions & Ethics. This was corroborated by Dr Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’ in his book “Sanskriti Ke Chaar Adhyay”. Some people must study before opening their mouths and displaying their awful ignorance.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 March 2014 on page no. 2

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