Turks in India

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Turks in India
Total population
(126 (2001 census)[1]
est. 250 rest are mixed dravidan turks[2])
Turkish, Urdu, Hindi,Tamil,Malayalam

Turks in India comprise migrants from Turkey living in India, and their descendants. In the 1961 census, 58 people stated that their mother tongue was Turkish.[3] According to the 2001 census, 126 residents of India stated their place of birth as Turkey.[1] In a state visit during early 2010, Prime Minister Abdullah Gül of Turkey met Turks living in India and handed out Hindi–Turkish[clarification needed] dictionaries to students of Turkish schools in India.[4] There are also large population of Turkic descendants who are known as Rowther. They are believed to have a migrated to India at the time of the Ottoman Empire. They are a highly assimilated community and their gene pool is highly diversified. They are mostly found in southern India, especially in present-day Kerala and Tamil Nadu.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Census India 2001. "POPULATION CLASSIFIED BY PLACE OF BIRTH AND SEX" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  2. ^ Mehmet Ozkan (2010). "Can the Rise of ‘New’ Turkey Lead to a ‘New’ Era in India-Turkey Relations?" (PDF). New Delhi: Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses. p. 10. 
  3. ^ Census India 1961. "MOTHER TONGUES OF INDIA ACCORDING TO THE 1961 CENSUS". Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  4. ^ "India, Turkey cement ties on terrorism, and technology". Today's Zaman. 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  5. ^ ravuthar.blogspot.com/2011/10/rawther-history.html