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From about 200 BCE to 1500 CE, eastern and western traders traveled along the Silk Road, a network of trade routes that linked Rome in the West and Chang'an (today Xian) in the East.

Silk, valued for its texture, was a major import of the Mediterranean region, and the Chinese intensely guarded their silk-making technique.

When anti-Semitism did raise its head, it was perpetrated by Dutch colonialists.

The recent attack (November 2008) on the Mumbai Chabad House Jewish Centre is believed to have been perpetrated by Islamic extremists from outside India.

From October through December, winds blow over land toward the sea from a northeast direction, sweeping from the Himalayas to the Indian Ocean.

The network is largely credited with the spread of Buddhism to China, as Buddhist monks accompanied traders traveling east.

India is also the only place in the world where Jews are comfortable with using Swastikas in their signs—because it's an ancient Hindu symbol and has none of the negative connotations that is found in the West.

An official language of India belonging to the Dravidian family, Tamil is not related to the Indo-Aryan family of languages.

One of Ashoka the Great's edicts identifies his southern neighbors as the Cholas and Pandyas, both Tamil-speaking peoples.

Tamil literature is over 2,000 years old, and Tamil poetry and grammar reveal much about southern India around the time of Christ.

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