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.

Indian Diaspora in the United Kingdom: Second-Generation Parents’ Views and Experiences on Heritage Language Transmission

Indian diaspora in the United Kingdom: Second-generation parents’ views and experiences on heritage language transmission


The nature and extent of heritage language1 use is an important concern for scholars of the Indian diaspora. This chapter examines the ways in which second-generation Indian parents in the United Kingdom (UK) are experiencing the transmission of heritage languages to their offspring. Based on empirical findings, the chapter provides an authoritative account of the linguistic transmission experiences of Indian parents living in a land where they continue to be perceived and marginalised as the ‘other’. It is argued that although there is increasing research evidence into major strides being made by British Indians in a ...

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