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.



This section takes as its central theme the practice of writing, performing and viewing of texts—plays, films, novels and the ways in which diaspora is invoked through these media. Media images often form an important conduit for forging and expressing immigrants’ bonds with places and communities which are no longer a part of their day-to-day experiences. At the same time, the media is also used by India to draw together its diaspora. The chapters in this section explore the complexity of mediated relations between the diaspora and the homeland. They suggest that the media does not simply represent a diaspora, but actively produces diasporic subjectivity both amongst the authors and within audiences. They further argue that these are complex representations with their own elisions ...

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