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.

Introduction

Introduction
DaveSangha

This section focuses on the ‘new Indian diaspora’, which includes the so-called ‘developed’ countries of the United States of America (USA), Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom (UK) and other parts of Europe. This new Indian diaspora can be distinguished from the ‘old indentured diaspora’ referred to in the previous section by Indian migrants’ more recent arrival in these destinations. In most part, this is a story of postcolonial migration from an independent India. The flavour of the country that these migrants leave behind and the social and economic contexts that they enter are decidedly influenced by the rhetoric of modernity and of progress. In India, social stratification, as always seemed to affect who could migrate. As in the colonial era, education seemed ...

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