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Indian Diaspora in Africa: A Comparative Perspective

Ajay Dubey (Editor)

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 Pubjab. They migrated in different capacities – as free passengers, traders, indentured workers, construction workers, professionals and businessmen. But bulk of them were indentured a 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.

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About the author

Ajay Dubey

Dr. Ajay Dubey is Professor and Chairperson at the Centre for West Asian and African Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He was the Programme Coordinator of Francophone African Studies, JNU. He is author of several books and research papers on Indo-African relations. African affairs and Diaspora studies. He is associated with three peer reviewed international journals, as Managing Editor of Africa Insight and Africa Review and as Editor-in-Chief of Diaspora Studies.

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Bibliographic information

Title Indian Diaspora in Africa: A Comparative Perspective
Author Ajay Dubey
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788175332324
length xviii+241p., 23cm.