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.
Chapter 12: Hyderabadis Abroad: Memories of Home
Hyderabadis Abroad: Memories of Home
Hyderabad, India, was both a city and a state, a cosmopolitan urban place and a native state that escaped direct rule by the British colonial government in India. Under the Nizam's rule, the state of Hyderabad continued to patronise and represent Indo-Muslim or Mughlai culture in India until 1948, when the state was taken over by newly-independent India. Persian was the state language until 1883 and Urdu was the language of administration thereafter; the Urdu-medium Osmania University, inaugurated in 1917, was the sub-continent's first modern vernacular language university. ‘Hyderabadi’, or person from Hyderabad, was an identity that linked one closely to the state and the ruling class Mughlai culture. It was also an identity that ...