A community living on the roads: the Syrian Christians of India
"At present, the easternmost branch of native Asian Christians is that of the Syrian Christians of India, or of the Christians of Saint Thomas, an eight million-strong, prosperous community. Their history can be described as a series of inter-community contacts and migrations. This story shows that migration can be a way of life and is an organic element of social life and human history. It is also a standard response to economic, social, political and religious changes. The story also shows that what we may call a Christian culture has nothing specifically European about it, nor have there ever existed quasi-insulated “civilisations” in the Toynbeean sense in human history. The presence and the migrations of the Syrian Christians of Persia and India acted as a leaven in Indian society."