In an unknown land: Migration and Diasporas

Of the many socio-political, as well as geographical changes brought about by colonialism, migration of Indian labour, across the world has been a somewhat detracted history. The late twentieth century witnessed a growing interest in studying diasporas. Terms like transnational migration,  immigration status, miscegenation laws suddenly came to represent the collective lived experiences of natives in foreign lands. What is it like to be away from one’s ‘homeland’, ‘culture’, ‘language’ and ‘traditions’? The complex web of identities that are produced as a direct consequence of migration (second and third generation migrants), which entails an array of social and legal constraints and constrictions, immigrants have strangely co-opted informal hierarchies in alien societies. Here is a specific case study to start thinking about diasporas and their exploits.

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