Back in January 2014 I wrote a series of blog entires entitled HEARD IN INDIA. Yesterday I received the following comment about these blog entries:
It was nice to read the vocabulary you have prepared about the words you might have read in history books about India. But I am really sad to read the meaning you have included for the the word Gujjar. I am also a Gujjar and we constitute about 20 million of the population of India. Kindly give a second thought about what you have included here on this page. Gujjar was the tribe who actually started the revolt of 1857 and the Gujjars died fighting with Britishers during that fight. Even their proprietary rights were taken by East India Company at that time and they were made to live in very extreme conditions as they were included into the Criminal Tribes of India. I would kindly like to tell you that Gujjar or Gurjar was a very brave tribe not just during the reign of Britishers, but also in later Ancient India and Medieval India. They gave name to the state like Gujarat when they were once in power and also they have blood of Hepthalites, the white Huns, Scythians, Kushanas. Please, with a humble request, do not make them little by calling them hereditary thieves.I defined the Goojura as being hereditary brigands or thieves ... and did so in good faith. (I copied the definition from a Victorian memoir.) In light of Mr Singh's comment it would appear that I was in error, and I am therefore only too pleased to correct that error.