Putting the Diaspora in Its Place

Latha Varadarajan

in The Domestic Abroad

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199733910
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866205 | DOI:
Putting the Diaspora in Its Place

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This chapter is the first of three chapters explaining the production of the Indian domestic abroad. At the moment of independence in 1947, the postcolonial Indian state very deliberately adopted a policy of distancing itself from the emigrant communities identified variously as “Indians abroad” or “Overseas Indians.” What made this move puzzling was that these very groups had not too long ago been identified by the Indian nationalist movement as an essential part of the Indian nation that had been involved in an epic struggle against British colonial rule. The chapter sets up the puzzle of the shift from the transnational nationalism that prevailed during colonialism, and the nature of the more territorially based nationalism that replaced it following independence. Following postcolonial scholarship, it begins by situating the contestations regarding the meaning and extent of the modern Indian nation and state in the context of the historical experience of colonialism.

Keywords: Indian National Congress; Jawaharlal Nehru; Indian nationalism; British colonialism; Indians abroad; postcolonial; partition; nonalignment; sovereignty

Chapter.  12993 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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