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  1. At the moment, there are a couple threads about areas including Xinjiang, Kashmir, Tibet. This is very interested and insufficiently researched region.

    It was mentioned about ‘silk’…

    …from Latin ‘sericum’, plural ‘serica’, literally “Seric stuff,” neuter of ‘Sericus’, from Greek ‘Serikos’ (pertaining to the Seres) an oriental people of Asia from whom the Greeks got silks…

    Wiki and some other sources try to explain that ‘Seres’ comes from ‘China’ (???) and do not explain where ‘sericum and serica’ come from. They mention ‘oriental people’ but do not say that they are Chinese nor any tribe from today’s India. Similarly, they play with a term ‘Serindia’. This area is mostly Xinjiang (i.e Tarim basin). Who were these people?

    WIKI says (about Tarim mummies): “The paternal lines of male remains surveyed nearly all – 11 out of 12, or around 92% – belonged to Y-DNA haplogroup R1a1, which are now most common in West Eurasia. [15] The R1a1 lineage suggests a proximity of this population with groups related to the Andronovo culture, i.e. early Indo-Europeans.[16]”

    Wiki also says that Uyghur people arrived around 842AC. Russian and Chinese archaeologists jointly confirmed that nothing what is related to Chinese in Tarim is older than 6th c.AC. How can be linked the terms ‘Seres’ (or serica) and China? Who were R1a1 people who lived there for 1-2000 years before Chinese and Uyghurs came and who carried silk trade via Silk route and via sea route via Serendib?

  2. LOL, I think he was the architect of Congress NYAY scheme. I have a inkling that if the current Govt is pushed too much, they might as well go ahead in implementing that scheme themselves. 😁😁😁


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