Indian Diaspora In Africa : A Comparative Perspective
Eight percent of global Indian Diaspora is located in Africa. It is spread across all regions of Africa - Anglophone, Francophone, Lusophone, Arab Africa and Oceania. People of Indian Origin (PIO) went from different parts of India - Gujarat, Southern India, Bihar, UP and Punjab. They migrated in different capacities - as free passengers, traders, indentured workers, construction workers, professionals and businessmen. But bulk of them were indentured and construction workers who went during colonial period. They played an important role and made significant contributions in all walks of life in their new home. They were important consideration during Indian freedom struggle, especially in Indian National Congress. M.K. Gandhi was turned into Mahatma and became apostle of non-violence and peace by his involvement with PIO in South Africa. In post-decolonization phase PIOs in Africa had mixed experience of assimilation and integration. While in Mauritius they remained all through in power, in countries like Uganda they suffered humiliating expulsion. They still have challenges of integration in most part of Africa. The book is an attempt to capture their history, struggle, contribution, challenges and their place in Indian Diaspora policy.
Prof. Ajay Dubey is Chairperson of the Centre for West Asian and African Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Currently he is Secretary General of African Studies Association of India (ASA India) and President Organization for Diaspora Initiative, International (ODI International). He has published several books and research papers in international and national journals on issues relating Diasporas studies, African affairs and Indian foreign policies. He is associated with three peer reviewed international journals, as Managing Editor of Insight on Africa and Africa Review and as Editor-in Chief of Diaspora Studies.
Notes of Contributiors VII Preface IX Introduction XI Ajay Dubey 1. India and Indian Diaspora in Africa: Diversity and Challenges Ajay Dubey --Pg. 1 2. Overseas Indians in East Africa --Pg. 25 Aparajita Biswas --Pg. 3. Indian Diaspora in Kenya ,Uganda and Tanzania: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Challenges --Pg. 39 Rajmneesh Kumar Gupta 4. Indian Diaspora in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Makawi:Smaller Number,Major Challenges --Pg. 79 Nivedita Ray 5. Indian Diaspora in South Africa: Contribution and Challenges --Pg. 91 Vidhan Pathak Indian Diaspora in South Africa: A Comparative Perspective --Pg.113 Ajay Dubey 7.Indian Diaspora in Mauritius: Overwhelming Number,Inclusive Approach --Pg.123 Ajay Dubey 8. PIO in Francophone Reunion Island: Assimilation and Identity --Pg. 141 Ankita Bhattacharjee 9.Indian Diaspora Under FrenchPossession in Africa: A Study od La Reunion --Pg.161 Paokhil Haokip 10.Indian Diaspora in Seychellers: Issues and Challenges --Pg. 181 Pallabika Dutta 11. Indian Diaspora in Madagascar: Affluence and Identity --Pg.203 Jyoti Tyagi 12. Indian Diaspora in in Mozambique and Madagascar: A Comparative Perspective --Pg. 219 Sasmita Mohanty 13. Indian Diaspora in Lusophone Africa: Economic Opportunities and Challenges --Pg. 231 Bijay Ketan Pratihari