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.
Chapter 6: Citizenship and Dissent in Diaspora: Indian Immigrant Youth in the United States after 9/11
Citizenship and Dissent in Diaspora: Indian Immigrant Youth in the United States after 9/11
This chapter focuses on the ways in which communities in the Indian diaspora confront issues of nationalism, citizenship and war, and sheds light on some of the most pressing political questions of our contemporary moment, namely, that of imperial power. In particular, the research on which this chapter is based examines the experiences of Indian Muslim youth living in the United States (US) after the attacks of 11 September 2001 and the impact of those events on their feelings of national belonging in relation to the US as well as India. The racial, religious, and ethnic discrimination faced ...