Indian refers to a nationality, but not an ethnicity or language. The Indian nationality consists of many regional ethnolinguistic groups, reflecting the rich and complex history of India. India hosts all major ethnic groups found in the Indian Subcontinent. The diaspora with Indian ancestry, as a result of emigration, are somewhat widespread most notably in the Middle East(UAE, Saudi Arabia), South East Asia, United Kingdom, North America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe. Population estimates vary from a conservative 12 million to 20 million diaspora.
So a question was asked by an individual on Quora titled,”Are people from India black?” For those of who don’t know what Quora is, here is how Wikipedia says about it, “Quora is a question-and-answer site where questions are asked, answered, edited and organized by its community of users”.
In response to this question the author, “Bawin” gave a beautiful and insightful answer to this which is enough to break the stereotypes of outsiders and of few living within India itself. This is what he wrote:
India consists of three major races which form 99% of its population. They are:
Indo-Mongoloid (belongs to Mongoloid)
Indo-Aryan(belongs to Caucasoid)
The rest includes Negroid and Australoid races.
The Mongoloids exhibit a typical epicanthic fold in their upper eyelids. They are shorter and stockier compared to other races. Talking about skin tone, they are little darker compared to their other mongoloid counterparts (like Tibetan, Eskimo, Chinese, Korean etc). Their skin tone ranges from extremely fair to little dark with wheatish skin tones here and there. They live in the North-Eastern states of India and in the eastern parts of states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu & Kashmir.
The Indo-Aryans shortened as Aryans exhibit narrow eyes with defined nose bridge with little European facial bone structure. About skin tone: They vary between fair to dark skin tones. They inhabit the states of Northern, Central, Western and some eastern states of India.
The Dravidians do not belong to any other race and researchers are uncertain about their original mother race. They are usually categorized under Australoid race, but DNA researches have proved their unique identity different from Australoids. Now, about skintone: They range between wheatish to dark and very dark skin tones. They live in the southern states of India.
Below are some photographs for better understanding. All these people shown below are Indians.
Indo-aryan with fair skin tone.
Indo-Aryan with a wheatish skin tone
Indo Aryan with a dark skin tone
Dravidian with fair skin tone
Dravidian with wheatish skin tone
Dravidian with dark skin tone
Mongoloid with fair skin tone
Mongoloid with wheatish skin tone
Mongoloid with dark skin tone
Negroids (all negroids have black skin tone)
Australoids(they have a very dark skin tone)
But in present—day India, due to wide predominant mixing of all these races, People with mixed races exist. Eg: Mongoloid-aryan and Dravido-aryan who exhibit unique and diverse skin tones. According to the results of recent researches, Nearly 70% of Indians are ‘Mixed’ i.e., having physical traits from two or more races.
Disclaimer: All pictures and stats are taken from the Quora post itself and we don’t claim any ownership to any of it. This article is meant for educational purposes in order to break the stereotypes on how Indians look. We have a beautiful country blessed with different types of people coming from different backgrounds and having different physical traits.
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