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The <i>Desi</i> Diaspora: Politics, Protest, and Nationalism

Vijay Prashad

in India and the British Empire

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199259885
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744587 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259885.003.0013

Series: Oxford History of the British Empire Companion Series

The Desi Diaspora: Politics, Protest, and Nationalism

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Over the course of the past two centuries, millions of people from the South Asian subcontinent moved to the continents of the world. Unlike earlier migrants, Indians who formed part of this more recent diaspora tended to retain links with their homeland, making their diaspora one which was more inflected by colonialism and nationalism. Consequently, the diaspora that has emerged in Britain and North America cannot be easily disentangled from the anti-colonial struggles of the last century and a half and as a result the emergence and manifestation of nationalism in modern South Asia has played an integral part in defining and structuring the desi diaspora.

Keywords: coolie; desi; diaspora; Fiji; Gandhi; Ghadar; Guyana; indenture; Komagata Maru; Trinidad

Chapter.  8756 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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