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.

Re-Domesticating Hindu Femininity: Legible pasts in the Bengali American Diaspora

Re-domesticating Hindu femininity: Legible pasts in the Bengali American diaspora
EshaNiyogi De

Diasporas’, writes Khachig Tololyan in the inaugural issue of the American journal by that name, ‘are emblems of transnationalism because they embody the question of borders’ (Tololyan 1991: 6). Whereas the nation state is imagined in terms of bounded stability—as ‘a land, a territory, a place that functions as the site of homogeneity, equilibrium, integration … [and] domestic tranquility’—diasporas are recognised and experienced as the ‘Others of the nation-state’ (Tololyan 1991: 6). The implication of Tololyan's observation is that, although historically the term ‘diaspora’ referred to people's dispersion from homelands (primarily Jews’, Armenians’ and Greeks’), in our world of transnational capital, the diasporic cannot be ...

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