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.

Forgotten Malaysians? Indians and Malaysian Society

Forgotten Malaysians? Indians and Malaysian society
Carl VadivellaBelle

In 1957, the Federation of Malaya Census Report summarised the history of Indian immigration to British Malaya in the following terms:

The important characteristics to note about Indian migration are that firstly, the great bulk of this movement has been of an ephemeral character, with approximately 4 million entering and 2.8 million leaving the country between 1860 and 1957. Secondly, much of the 1.2 million net immigration appears to be have been wiped out by disease, snake-bites, exhaustion and malnutrition, for the local population of Malaya in 1957 number only 858,615, of which 62.1 per cent was local born.

The bland language merely hints at the prolonged oppression of working-class Indians throughout the colonial period.

Because ...

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