PM invokes dosa, turbans to show closeness with Africa
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 18:30
Addis Ababa: Noting that many millennia ago, Africa and India were joined as one landmass, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday invoked the South Indian dish of 'dosa' to show the similarity between them.

Addressing the Joint Session of the two Houses of the Parliament of Ethiopia, Singh said though the two countries were now separated by the Indian Ocean, connections are deep and they have brought in their wake rich and varied exchanges in the ebb and flow of history.

Singh said earlier exchanges have produced remarkable and often overlooked similarities in our traditions and cultures.

"The Siddis of African descent living in India have created a fusion of Indian and African styles of music that thrives today.

"The tradition in southern India of using fermented flour for making Dosa is similar to the Injara in Ethiopia. The sight of women with heads covered and men wearing turbans is strikingly common in Ethiopian and Indian villages.

"Hospitality in humble village homes begins with simple offerings, and guests are treated as incarnations of the gods," he said.


First Published: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 18:30

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