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.

Indo-Fijians: Marooned without Land and Power in a South Pacific Archipelago?

Indo-Fijians: Marooned without land and power in a South Pacific archipelago?


The Fijian Indians are part of a large and diverse Indian transnational community. They have, however, had a troubled history in the last few years. The likely reasons for these troubles are many. Fiji has seen increasing ethnic and linguistic fractionalisation and state institutions find themselves ‘at loggerheads with kinship and ethnic groups’ (Migdal 1988: 3, 32, 37, 40). Where loyalty to the state and the ethnically-based group are perceived as being in irreconcilable conflict, ethnic nationalism typically proves the more potent. Indian diasporics in Fiji have found support in this ethic conflict from compatriots now living in diasporic communities in countries such as ...

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