chapter  7
21 Pages

The Indian Diaspora and its Governance

What are the salient characteristics of globalization as it affects social processes in the present conjuncture of political economy in multicultural societies? I shall focus on India as the major example of such societies but extend my analysis with reference to what I have elsewhere called “settlement societies” as contrasted with “non-modern” civilizations like India (R. K. Jain 1998b). Settlement societies evolving into modern, technologically advanced civilizations are the prime recipients of “new” diasporas1 from South Asia, and my purpose in what follows is to examine the interface (linkages and roles) between the Indian diaspora and the governance problematic related to the overall development — economic, political and sociocultural — of the Indian nation.2