Genetic evidence confirms ethno-linguistic studies. The Romany people originated in India.
Just as Israel found its lost tribe thousands of miles away in India’s north east, India too has found one of its own lost tribes in Central Europe. The Agonist reports that a research team in Australia has confirmed that the Romany people (popularly known as the Gypsies) originated in India. Earlier studies suggested an Indian link for the European nomads based on similarities between their spoken language and Indo-Sanskrit languages.
That could well make them eligible for the Indian government’s Person of Indian Origin cards. Vote-bank politicians and affirmative action heros may be rubbing their hands in anticipation too.