Africans have been in India since the time of Indus Valley Civilization and have had a considerable influence since then. Today, after many cross-cultural interactions, Africans have assimilated into our society and are spread across various cultures.
The Black ‘Dravidian’ race laid foundations of the first civilisation of the world in India, the Indus Valley Civilisation. Even the first God of India was a black man with dreadlocks: ‘lord Shiva’.
Many African Kings who ruled India descending from Abyssinian, Habasi, Ethiopian and Dravidian races have been forgotten even though they influenced trade, commerce and socio-cultural lifestyle in India.
Here are 4 African kings who ruled India but have been forgotten over time:
Indian-African connections over the history haven’t been given much prominence but their influence has been reasonably important. They came to India as traders, rulers, and artists in the earlier times and through slave trades later.
The provinces of Sachin and Janjira in western India were African ruled kingdoms that survived the war of independence. Elsewhere, the regions of Deccan, as well as Bengal have been influenced by Africans who shaped their economy, political and social life for quite some time.
What makes this even more noteworthy is that no other country had African rulers even though they were traded as slaves throughout the continents.
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