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 New Zealand: History, Identity and Cultural Landscapes

Indian diaspora in New Zealand: History, identity and cultural landscapes
WardlowFriesen and Robin A.Kearns

Introduction

In 2002, the first Diwali festival was staged in Auckland at the Mahatma Gandhi Centre, a venue comprising a Hindu temple and meeting halls. By 2003, the festival had attracted a crowd of more than 40,000 people (Gregory 2004). In 2004, a 14-member bhangra group (drummers) of the Rangla Punjab Cultural Youth Club had flown from India especially for the celebrations (Kiong 2004). In 2005, under pressure of numbers, the fourth public Diwali was moved from the ‘Indianowned’ site of the Mahatma Gandhi Centre to Aotea Square, Auckland's civic centre, and took place over an 11-hour period (New Zealand Herald 2005b). This event ...

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