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Historian Dr Kranti Farias to speak on ’Sarasvat’ roots on Jan 11

Historian Dr Kranti Farias to speak on ’Sarasvat’ roots on Jan 11

Mangalore Today News Network

Dr Kranti Kiran FariasMangaluru, Jan 9, 2018: Well known Mumbai based historian on Mangalore and Goa History Dr Kranti Kiran Farias from Mumbai will be delivering a lecture on “History of the Goan and Mangalorean Christian community” at St Joseph’s Seminary in Jeppu, Mangaluru, on January 11 at 10.30 am.  According to a press release, she will also arrange for DNA tests to be conducted free of charge by geneticists of CCMB Hyderabad led by Dr Niraj Rai. For more details, contact Dr Farias on 9972158068. All interested are welcome.

Recap: Till recent times the Konkani speaking communities of the West Coast have been resting on the  fact that history confirms their Aryan descent in a Dravidian land and their disbursement from the now unseen River "Saraswati" a tributary of the River Sind when it became non-existent  centuries ago. It was understood that the Aryan's of Sind probably carried Greek  genes.  In the  last five hundred years these Konkani speakers known to be Brahman Hindus have evolved into  Muslims and Catholics too as is seen. These descendants of ancient Goud saraswat Brahmins  (GSBs) today are spread all over the world  intermingling with multi ethnic and linguistic  societies. An established and well known Historian from the Konkani Catholic Community  based in Mumbai, is set to soon come out with a book that traces back the ethnicity of Konkani  speakers to Jewish Biblical roots - historical research is ever an on-going proposal.  A complex project is under way and one segment of it is to possibly trace the earlier origins of   the Konkani speakers before their sojourn on the banks of river Saraswati.  Vague theories are a  plenty some of them may have a basis. But, to set a bonafide direction twenty first century  Scientists and researchers have many new tools presently. The latest genetic and computational   technologies to analyze patterns in DNA from participants around the South West Coastal region of India are one of them.   In it’s May 2014 issue, monthly English magazine "Mangalore Today" brought out a detailed story in this regard.

  Dr. Kranti K. Farias is a former President of The Church History Association of India. Her  doctoral work, entitled “The Christian Impact in South Kanara” was published in 1999; it is a work worth a read by all interested in the general 'History of South Kanara.  She has published  several articles and papers on Indian Nationalism, Indian Christians and Indian Jewish communities in India, Israel and Canada. It may be noted she is the daughter of Cyprian and  Alice Alvares who resided in Bombay (Mumbai) and were active in Indian freedom struggle (I  believe that is the reason she has the name ’Kranti’  meaning ;revolution;). Responding to the call of  Civil disobedience movement 1942 - the Quit India movement’ against British rule, the  Alvares couple were detained in jails on several occasions, like many freedom fighters, their   lives have been worthwhile.  Dr. Kranti ’s current area of research is the history of the Jewish communities in India and the  Diaspora with special focus on the B’nei Menashe of North East India (Manipur & Mizoram  States) and the Bene Ephraim (Telugu Jews of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh State, South India).   She was Principal of St. Aloysius Gonzaga High School and Modern Indian School in Mumbai.  She lectured at the St. Xavier’s College and R. D. National College in History and Political Science and was also a Lecturer-Teacher Educator at the Rizvi College of Education, all in  Mumbai.  She is working on a book on cultural comparison of the Indian Jewish and Indian Christian  Communities. This will be an interesting exposé of two Semitic communities living in harmony  in India, knowledgeable about their roots and proud of their heritage. The book is awaited with  great expectations.

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