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Chapter Six: What is the Indian Diaspora?

December 7, 2020

While writing this blog I’ve begun to follow many South Asian bloggers. A term that has come up plenty over the last few months is DIASPORA. I have to be honest, I knew the meaning of diaspora but didn’t know the ties back to India or Fiji. This blog is meant to take you on the journey that I am on to learn more about my culture, so when I learn, I hope you do too.

So what is the Indian Diaspora? The Indian Diaspora encompasses persons who can trace their origins back to India or who are Indian Citizens living abroad either temporarily or permanently.  When you just google the word Diaspora, immediately the Wikipedia definition comes up as:

dispersion of Jews

A diaspora (/daɪˈæspərə/) is a scattered population whose origin lies in a separate geographic locale. Historically, the word diaspora was used to refer to the involuntary mass dispersion of a population from its indigenous territories, in particular the dispersion of Jews.

 

It’s interesting because although the term diaspora is largely tied to Jews, when you google “Indian Diaspora” you learn a different perspective.  In September 2019, the United Nations confirmed that India had the record-breaking largest diaspora in the world, with 18 million Indian people living in other countries.

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