Dimona in Israel has a thriving Indian community

Dimona in Israel, famous for its dome shaped structure atop the nuclear centre, is also the home to a big Indian community that is strongly connected to its 'roots'.

Books dealing with heroic exploits of Chhatrapati Shivaji can be seen in plenty in the municipal library, the collection donated by elders of the community, many of them no more alive. Also prominently visible is the cricket ground at the entrance of the city where a lot of youngsters attend regular coaching classes.

Indian shops are spread across the town and Marathi can be heard everywhere with 7,500 strong Indian community making up for some 30 per cent of the population. The youth icons are Sachin and Dhoni.

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