The relationship between the continents of Africa and India has long been established, with some historians noting the presence of Africans in India around the 8th Century. Business trade of all sorts between Africa and India has been assumed to have taken place in even earlier times, and this profitable union still takes place today.
The melding of the African-Indian relationship helped spawn new developments in music, religion, and trade among other forms of culture. Although there have been recent examinations of the slave trade and presence of Africans in India in recent times, there is still a dearth of conversations around how interconnected these two regions are by way of history.
BBC News India recently took a deeper look at the link, revealing that many Africans arrived in India as traders or slaves but eventually became a vital cog in Indian society.
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Ethiopia is intensifying efforts to bring back the remains of a prince believed to have been stolen by British soldiers, who looted his father’s imperial fortress following the Battle of Maqdala in 1868. For 150 years, Ethiopians have been asking for the return of Prince Alemayehu but to no avail. He died at the age of 18 after suffering racism and was buried at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle at the request of Queen Victoria.
The move to return the prince’s remains comes as talks go on between Ethiopian authorities and the Victoria &Albert Museum about the return of treasures that were looted by British troops during the Battle of Maqdala.
Some of the items in the V&A’s possession last week went on display.
Celebrations were also held in Addis Ababa to commemorate the life of the prince’s father, Tewodros II, on the 150th anniversary of his death in the battle.
The campaign to have the remains of Alemayehu back home started in 2006 when the Ethiopian president wrote to the Queen asking for the remains to be exhumed.