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« Reply #120 on: April 12, 2021, 10:26:46 pm »

Upon the independence of Israel in 1948, over 33000 Jews migrated from India to Israel, mainly  for emotional-religious reasons. For the Jews still living in India (According to estimates, there are just about 6000 Jews with 35 synagogues across India today) the country can be said to be the second-safest place after Israel.

The Jewish diaspora in India could take steps to consolidate its deep traditional social, cultural and religious connections to the country. It could encourage articles on the Jewish life, philosophy, religion and world outlook in India’s numerous languages and dialects. This would promote awareness in Indians about the common values they share with the Jews.  Such an awareness would go a long way in creating a shield of Indian society itself for the security of the Jews. This would automatically be influencing India’s decision makers into taking whatever Jew-friendly security measures might be  required in future.

Needless to say, the current Indo-Jewish  interaction is largely across the educated English-speaking social spectrum in India. There is little understanding among other groups in India as to what Jewish life really represents to India and the world.  The awareness of Jewish values needs to be spread across a wider spectrum of Indians. It’s the common people who would further the connection between Indians and the Jews.

The average  Indian needs to be made aware that the Jewish national home of Israel is highly humanistic and scientific,  and benefits the entire global community. The masses in Indian need to know Judaism is not an expansionist or missionary religion. It has never promoted occupation of foreign territory nor imposed any religious dogma on any non-Jewish communities. The Jews have had a strong historic affinity and connection to  their Holy Land, especially  Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

Both communities would benefit from such deepening of ties.

Will India fall for this? Hopefully enough Indians can remember that Jews were colonialists:

Jacques (Jaime) de Paiva (Pavia, Paivia), a Paradesi Jew of Madras, was a Portuguese Jewish diamond and coral merchant from Amsterdam belonging to the Amsterdam Sephardic community.
De Paiva established good relations with East India Company (EIC) and those in power, which enabled him to buy several mines to source Golconda diamonds. Through his efforts, Jews were permitted to live and trade Golconda diamonds and corals within Fort St. George.[2] De Paiva died in 1687 after a visit to his mines of Golconda diamonds and was buried in the Jewish cemetery which he had established in Peddanaickenpet, which later became the north Mint Street,[2] alongside the synagogue which also existed at Mint Street. On his tombstone we find that he died in the month of Tishri 5548 / 1687 CE.[3]

After de Paiva's death in 1687, his wife Hieronima de Paiva fell in love with Elihu Yale, Governor of Madras and went to live with him, causing quite a scandal within Madras’ colonial society. Governor Elihu Yale later achieved fame when he gave a large donation to the University of New Haven in Connecticut, which was then named after him — the Yale University. Elihu Yale and Hieromima de Paiva had a son, who died in South Africa.[13]

In 1670, the Portuguese population in Madras numbered around 3000.[citation needed] Before his death he established ‘The Colony of Jewish Traders of Madraspatam’ with Antonio do Porto, Pedro Pereira and Fernando Mendes Henriques.[11] This enabled more Portuguese Jews, from Leghorn, the Caribbean, London and Amsterdam to settle in Madras.[citation needed] Coral Merchant Street was named after the Jews' business.[14]

Three Portuguese Jews were nominated to be aldermen of Madras Corporation.[15] Three - Bartolomeo Rodrigues, Domingo do Porto and Alvaro da Fonseca - also founded the largest trading house in Madras. The large tomb of Rodrigues, who died in Madras in 1692, became a landmark in Peddanaickenpet but was later destroyed.[16]

Samuel de Castro came to Madras from Curaçao and Salomon Franco came from Leghorn.[11][17]

Isaac Sardo Abendana (1662–1709), who came from Holland, died in Madras. He was a close friend of Thomas Pitt and may have been responsible for the fortune that Pitt amassed.[11]

Portuguese Jews were used as diplomats by the East India Company to expand English trading. Avraham Navarro was the most prominent of these.[18]
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