Voices of the Diaspora is a marvelous collection of the contemporary and historical experiences of the Indian Diaspora in different parts of the world. It reveals the accomplishments, the issues and problems faced by overseas Indians. The book also uncovers the potential of the 22 million People of Indian Origins for development in India as well as the countries with large Indian population. It indicates some of the reasons which have so far held back the NRIs and PIOs from actively pursuing investments and business opportunities in India.
Quoting several world leaders, Anand Mulloo shows what lies ahead of India on its way to becoming a world power. He maps out the need for leadership with vision, for social infrastructure, for work culture, education, individual and social responsibility.
Anand Mulloo has taken it upon himself to do an extensive research into the Diaspora by traveling around, collecting information and interviewing people. Very few people can do it. I want to compliment him on doing such a thorough job.
The author highlights the importance of networking the Indian Diaspora, based on the objectives and accomplishments of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origins (GOPIO) he shows how the tradition of openness of the global Indian family goes back to the Vedas, the mother of religions and philosophies.
In the wake of the Government of India's High Level Committee report, media accounts and other studies on the diaspora, Anand Mulloo has provided the best update on political situations and issues in countries such as Fiji, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and others. He talks about the implications and advantages concerning the PIO Card and Dual Citizenship.
The writer analyses the causes of success and failures of the Indian Diaspora in the countries of their adoption. He explains why Overseas Indians have been more successful in western countries than in certain developing countries. He advocates closer community relationships in order to ensure PIO success as a whole.
The book covers a detailed description of the migration of Indians overseas since ancient times and particularly during the last two centuries. It offers us a good comparison of the similarities and differences between the earlier Diaspora, termed (PIOs) and the newer immigrants (termed NRIs). The author describes in depth the history of Overseas Indians, their trials and tribulations in settling down, relationships with other Diaspora communities, African, Anglo-Saxon, Chinese, French within the host countries.
Voices of the Diaspora is a must book for business entrepreneurs, students, academicians, historians, community activists, philanthropists, diplomats, both Indian and PIO political leaders and all those interested to know more about the 22 million PIO communities settled in more than 160 countries, it is a valuable contribution to the growing literature on Diaspora Studies.
Back of the Book
Spread over a wide canvas, but focused entirely on the Indian diaspora, Mulloo attempts a diasporic perspective by using the interdisciplinary tools of history, economics, politics and sociology to narrate the story of overseas Indians. Secondly, he makes an important departure by taking a self-confident, indo-centric view of a resurgent India - but from a self-critical, realistic and optimistic perspective. Thirdly, Mulloo's analysis of NRIs and PIOs provides the intellectual framework for a deeper, critical understanding of the Indian diaspora - that global family of 22 million in over 125 countries. Finally, he positions the Indian diaspora, with its estimated combined income of $160 billion, as a huge asset in the creation of a global network and the building of economic bridges to assist both India and the host countries.
Written in an easy readable style and shorn of academic jargon, Voices of the Indian Diaspora is a contemporary effort at understanding overseas Indians. It is honest, compelling, thought provoking and substantial.
Mulloo's understanding of and love for India's great civilizational heritage is the recurrent theme of this book. But that does not prevent Mulloo from recognizing India's weakness and suggesting practical means to overcome them.
Anand Sawant Mulloo, former Head of Department of History, John Kennedy College, lecturer, Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Mauritius, has held various responsible positions in media and educational administration at ministerial, private and parastatal levels.
Author of novel, Watch Them Go Down (1967), Dust of Time-collection of poems (1968), Our Struggle (1982), father of the Nation (2000), How your Child Cab be a Winner (2003), and former editor of Femmes des lies magazine, member of GOPIO Academic Council, Anand Sawant Mulloo offers us an interesting blend of his personal narrative style.
He has been conferred the "Hind Rattan Award" by the NRI Welfare Society on the January 25th 2007, at New Delhi.
VOIES OF THE DIASPORA lends a voice to the 20 Million
PIOs and NRIs spread in 125 countries speaking more than 20
languages, professing all the major religions of the world and
reflecting the global society. For too long, the voices of the diaspora
have gone unheard and their stories have remained unsung. The Indian
Immigrants and their descendants have gone through a variety of
historical experiences and sacrifices which need to be told so that we
remember their sufferings and services, disappointments and hopes
and draw the necessary lessons. We have to understand them and
remain faithful to those lessons in order to ensure a better future for the
In a bid to articulate the voices of the repressed people, we have
ventured across untrodden paths, left unexplored by many writers and
historians. This book throws light on some of the controversies,
failures and merits of the diaspora, including their social, cultural,
religious, psychological, economic and political orientations, threats
Here, to give an insider's view of the Diaspora, we shall take up the
story of an Immigrant family and follow up its journey across times.
And while firmly grounded in real life situations, enlivened with stray
biographical and historical details in chronological and thematic order,
it outlines the diasporic similarities and differences in a comparative
perspective. It addresses our broader diasporas- their social, cultural,
religious and political organisations, their aspirations, their challenges,
their shortcomings, their contributions and their achievements- with a
few probing questions and insights thrown in.
It covers the historical movements which have shaped the
diaspora, including the legacies of slavery, indenture, colonialism,
assimilation, domination, subordination, marginalisation, resistance,
decolonisation, Cold War, struggle against Apartheid and the new
disaporic awarensess. Underlying it all is a deep spiritual message, the
same that sustained the human spirit against all the overwhelming odds
during the trying days of early immigration.
It maps out the diasporic space within which the issues of ethnicity,
identity, racism, culture, class and power relations are played out in the
daily lives of Indian immigrants scattered around the globe. It unfolds
the context in which the Indian diaspora has collided, enmeshed with,
resisted the British, French, Black and Chinese diasporas and how a
transformed Indian diaspora is being constructed. The study of Indian
diaspora in its relations to other diasporas enables us to take on board
the burning issues of racial conflicts, religious wars, political strife,
ethnicity, gender, sexuality, cultural, economic, social, political and
In the process, we shall adopt a multi-disciplinary approach, and
spice the narrative with some of the concepts, data, findings. methods,
theories and tools pouring from many disciplines, ineluding
anthropology, economics, history, geography, journalism, literature,
politics, sociology and refer to the works of scholars in these fields.
This book provides the intellectual framework for a deeper
understanding of the diaspora.
We shall have to deal with the interrelationships of the dynamic
forces of education, economic development, trade opportunities and
networking and the past, the present and future of global Indian
communities. Some of these issues have now been dragged from under
the carpet so that we can see ourselves face to face, with our plus and
minus points, in the social and historical mirror. The debate is now
open. Our aim is not only to foster self-awarenesss and .awareness of
our inter-personal relations within our diasporas but also 'to provide the
necessary tools for academicians, leaders, legislators, media people
and all those concerned with PIOs and NRIs to reflect on these issues
and take the necessary actions
This book is a rallying call to us all, the children of Mother India,
to believe in ourselves, in .our collective destiny and to draw
inspiration from our glorious cultural and civilizational heritage. It
demolishes the myths, the misunderstandings and prejudices which
have held us back in the past. Its central message is to take a fresh look
at the emerging new India, the awakening giant and superpower- seen
from a self-critical, realistic but optimistic perspective. At the same
time, it does not shy away from exposing our limitations which
historically stemmed from the sub-continent. The idea is to face up to
our waeknesses, take the. necessary corrective measures and move
forward. Briefly put, the book proposes a complete turn-around, a shift
of emphasis from the traditional Euro-centric to a dynamic, self-
confident Indo-centric approach.
This saga of the Indian diaspora and - in many respects a success
story- spearheaded by the Global Organization of People of Indian
Origins, GOPIO, has won global recognition. It is celebrated every 9th
January during the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, in India. It is now
garnered as a precious part of the global Indian consciousness. In some
way, this book tells us about our dynamic and fast changing Diaspora,
what Mother India expects of her children overseas and what is
expected of her.
By NRI is meant Non-Resident Indians who may happen to be first
generation migrants in western or Gulf countries while PIO refers to
Persons of Indian Origins, the descendants of the NRI or second, third
and successive generations of Indian Immigrants. In other words,
today's NRIs may become tomorrow's PIOs.
But first of all, we have to contextualise the diasporic issues. We
need to know who the PIOs and NRIs are, where they come from, their
diversity; something about their history, their geography, economics
and politics, their cultural base and their relations both to their host
countries, to other diasporas and to the homeland, India. Among other
concerns, we shall look into the Immigration laws, the problems of the
preservation of their culture, language, religion and ethnicity in the
face of assimilation, domination and race relations.
We shall review their family life, their cultural, social and religious
activities and their political participation and unearth any human rights
problems. We shall also consider their main occupations,
contributions, problems and achievements.
We shall also explore their internal relations with other sub-ethnic
groups within the Indian community as well as with other ethnic or
racial groups and see how they compare and contrast with other
diasporas within their countries of adoption
What are their vast ramifications, their varied needs and
expectations and their potential as well as the complex and diverse
multi-cultural societies within which they operate'? These and other
issues are explored in Voices Of The Diaspora
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