This book critically examines new perspectives on the transformations in the Indian diaspora. It studies the changing perspectives on the historical background of the diaspora and analyses fresh and emerging views in response to new configurations in diaspora relations. The volume highlights the transformation of the old Indian diaspora into a new ensemble in which economic, ideological and cultural forces predominate and interact closely. It looks at various themes including Indian indentured emigration to sugar colonies, comparisons between labour migration from India and China, the Girmitiya diaspora, the Indian diaspora in Africa and the rise of racial nationalism, India’s soft power in the Gulf region, and the repurposing of the ‘Hindutva’ idea of India for Western societies as undertaken by diaspora communities.

Lucid and topical, this book will be useful for scholars and researchers of diaspora studies, migration studies, political studies, international relations, globalisation, political sociology, sociology and South Asia studies.

chapter 1|14 pages


New forces, new perspectives on the Indian diaspora

part I|42 pages

Historical perspectives

chapter 3|14 pages

The ending of Indian indentured emigration

The road to 2017

chapter 4|16 pages

Towards theorising the Girmitiya diaspora

Beyond ‘persistence’ and ‘change’ *

part II|84 pages

Emerging perspectives

chapter 6|26 pages

Interrogating a ‘diasporic’ lens

Narrating Singapore’s Indian communities

chapter 7|21 pages

Indians in Africa

Roots, recognition and racial nationalism

part III|44 pages

Global forces

chapter 9|17 pages

Indian diaspora economics

The entanglement of economics with culture *

chapter 10|25 pages

Hindutva in Western societies

Entanglements and paradoxes