Encyclopedia of Diasporas

2005 Edition
| Editors: Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember, Ian Skoggard

South Asian Diaspora

  • Padma Rangaswamy
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-29904-4_28

Introduction

The South Asian diaspora 1 is estimated to be around 24 million, or about 2% of the South Asian population, with 20 million Indians comprising the lion’s share (see Table 1). The history of this diaspora is usually told in two distinct phases—the nineteenth-century colonial phase and the twentieth-century postindependence phase. There are sharp contrasts between these two phases, but there is also a continuity in the history, especially for the descendants of nineteenth-century migrants who migrated to new lands in the twentieth century, such as Indian Caribbeans in Canada, or Indians who migrated from Uganda to Britain and thence to the United States. Their widespread, divergent, yet interconnected histories capture the full range of diasporic experiences, but also reveal the inadequacy of the term diaspora in describing this population. Diaspora denotes “scattering of seeds,” suggesting movement only in one outward direction, with the idea that once people leave, they...

Keywords

Middle East Indian Population Liberal Democratic Party Indian Origin South Asian Population 
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