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The Last Jews of Kerala Paperback – 3 Aug 2009
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'A touching, investigative account - Fernandes movingly captures the sombre, embattled mood of this population in countdown modeA".' Sunday Times 'Fernandes' material is fascinating - The story of these Jews is so compelling and the author' reporting of it so assiduous - Indeed, she has unearthed gems' Economist
'A rare glimpse of an intriguing people that soon will be no more' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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These days it is not just an ancient community but a disappearing community of ancient people. That is the sad part of the story. The Jewish community is dying out fast and in this book Edna Fenandes emphasises the impact of the White Jews' prejudice against their 'black' co-religionists and how the apartheid between the two communities, which barred inter-marriage, has brought about their downfall in land where neither suffered any external persecution.
Undoubtedly the historic division between the communities has been bad but it is not the main reason for their decline. The main reason is the gathering home of the Jewish people to their homeland. Even after 2,000 or more years in India where they prospered, were privileged and content the Kerala Jews overwhelmingly recognised this beautiful place as a wandering place in the desert of the world and after the formation of the state of Israel they returned to Zion after their long exile. The glimpses the author shares of the lives these pioneer settlers of the 1950's made in the deserts of Israel is inspiring.
The disappearance of the Jews from India is sad but not all bad. This is a relatively short book and a little bit light on the detailed history of the two Jewish communities but nevertheless a very good read. This book is all about Jews in India but if you want a perspective on fundamentalism amongst Indian Muslims, Sikhs, hindus and Christians try Holy Warriors: A Journey into the Heart of Indian Fundamentalism also by Edna Fernandes.
One final thought. I bought the hardcover version of this book which is an attractive format - but why no photographs? A few pictures would have been good.