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.

Moving beyond, Moving Ahead: Possible Paradigms for Accessing Indian Emigrant Subjectivities

Moving beyond, moving ahead: Possible paradigms for accessing Indian emigrant subjectivities


This chapter inserts itself in ongoing academic discussions on migration processes, namely, the postcolonial Indian nation state. It suggests that since there have been rapid changes in the complexion of outward migration post the 1990s, existing theoretical frameworks that operate largely with the semantics of displacement, dislocation and disease require some revision. What is needed is a critical epistemology that takes cognisance of, and yet goes beyond, the tropes of trauma, memory and related representations.

India today is the third largest growing economy in the world. There is a concomitant emergence of a ‘high comfort zone’ among the Indian middle class. The growth of the ...

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