The concept of diaspora has been much debated during the past decade in terms of the essential and additional features that go with it, arguing which groups or communities could beuld not be designated as diaspora. The Indian diaspora today, with a strong community constituting more than 20 million and spreading across a hundred countries, continues to grow in size and making its transnational presence felt. This collection of essays traces some of the plurality with the Indian context as well as in the context of globalization, and transnationalism.

The book discusses the migratory movements that have led to the formation of the Indian diaspora and formation to diasporic practices-the ways and means of remembering and enacting diasporic belonging and the sites and spaces where such narratives of belonging are performed and how these issues are played out through texts, and rituals such as pilgrimages and building temples.

Immigration Dynamics in the Receiving State—Emerging Issues for the Indian Diaspora in the United Kingdom

Immigration dynamics in the receiving state—emerging issues for the Indian diaspora in the United Kingdom


To my mind, the most important aspect of re-connecting with the world is for us to reach out to People of Indian Origin. The NRIs and the PIOs are the most important elements of our globalisation. (Prime Minister's Office [PMO] 2006)

As states come to terms with and accommodate the implications of the hyper-mobility of goods, capital and people in the contemporary world, new forms of affiliation and connections are being sought and older forms revisited. This is particularly apparent in the ways in which the Indian state is reaffirming its relationships with its diasporic populations, attempting ...

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