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The Vicissitude of Orientalism: On the Myth(ification) of the Indian Origin of the Romani

A large number of Orientalist scholars have provocatively claimed that the (European) Romani community had originated from India. The search for the ‘origin’ of the Romani, based on a structural analysis of the Romani language, started as early as the eighteenth century, and the premise of the claim more often than not rests on phonetic similarity -- sometimes rather flimsy -- between Romani and Indian languages. My proposed research aims to examine the credibility and ideological implications of such claims, and problematize the methodological apparatuses deployed therein. The point is to question the Orientalist system of values and beliefs, its interpretive frameworks, prejudices and dispositions that render the narratorial articulation of such arbitrary claims to be ‘true’.

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