East Indians are the original inhabitants of Mumbai and were the first to settle on the island. They were formerly Hindus but have been converted by the British during their rule in India. They speak Marathi, which is a blend of pure Marathi and Portuguese. The word ‘East Indian’ has been derived from the East India Company of the British that converted a large section of the local Marathi-speaking people to Christianity.
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