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Jakarta Post

Indians in RI: A touch of magic

  /   Fri, December 11 2009   /  01:28 pm

It must be a touch of magic that has drawn Indians to Indonesia for two millennia. Indians have historically made the journey to Indonesia - a name derived from the Latin Indus, meaning "India", and the Greek Nesos, meaning "island", in search of economic opportunities, to find sources of livelihood and success for themselves and their families. The abundant friendly faces and easy smiles have captivated Indian migrants for centuries and even today, ask any Indian expatriate and they would say that they would like to grow roots in Indonesia. If they move to any other part of the world, they yearn to come back. It is like coming home, because after all, Indonesia is a cultural godchild of India. The underlying philosophical concepts introduced since the fifth century by Brahman priests have had a profound effect in shaping every facet of Indonesian society. At present, indi...