Monday, September 24, 2007

Gurcharan Das on Genealogical DNA test

On mtDNA:
One of her three lines, which carry the cells of her daughters, is called Manju because scientists believe that this line evolved in India.

When i read this in Nayan Chanda’s lively new book, Bound Together: How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers, & Warriors Shaped Globalization, i exclaimed excitedly, ``i have found my mother!'

On Y-Chromosome:

If an enterprising Indian reader of this column has his DNA examined, he will find that it contains M52 Y-chromosome, which dominates on our subcontinent.

On Race:

We are all time-walkers out of Africa and can now trace our ancestors around the world. We are mongrels, and this evidence has finally destroyed the ugly theory of distinct races. Some of us are white, others are black because we have had to adapt to different climates; the Chinese have narrow eyes because their ancestors had to protect them from the blinding sunlight of the snowy Arctic lands.

It is quite wonderful i think how science has confirmed the splendid aphorism of the Panchatantra: Vasudhaiva kutumbakam or ‘the whole world is a family’.

My name in fact means the lord born into the clan of Manju.


Ravi Mundkur said...

What a coincidence! Yesterday I was just thinking on the phrase " vasudaiva kutumbakam".(On migration worldwide).
By the by who is Gurucharan Das?

Manjunat said...

Gurcharan Das is a columnist with "The Times of India".