The chapters presented in this volume represent a wide variety of Indian diasporic experiences. From indenture labour to the present day immigrations, Indian diasporic narrative is one that offers opportunities to evaluate afresh notions of ethnicity, race, caste, gender and religious diversity. From victim discourse to narratives of optimism and complexities of identity issues, the Indian diaspora has exhibited characteristics that enable us as scholars to construct theoretical views on the diaspora and migration. The cases included in this volume will illumine such theoretical ideas. The readers will certainly be able to appreciate the diversity and the depth of these narratives and gain insight into the social and cultural and religious world of the diaspora.
P. Pratap Kumar is a Professor Emeritus at the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. He is author of several books and scholarly papers and has edited several books. His recent publications include:
Hinduism and the Diaspora: A South African Narrative (2013); His edited volumes include:
Classical and Contemporary Issues in Indian Philosophy and Religion (2013) and
Contemporary Hinduism (2013). Contributors are: Archana Kumar, Ram Narayan Tiwari, Ashutosh Kumar, Brij Vilash Lal, Inês Lourenço, Prea Persaud, Nalini Moodley, Carolyn V. Prorok, Thembisa Waetjen, Kalpana Hiralal, Sultan Khan, Shanta B Singh, Abdalla Khair Gabralla, Abul Fadl Mohsin Ebrahim, Sharmina Mawani, Anjoom Mukadam, Goolam Vahed, P. Pratap Kumar.
Researchers, students and university professors working in the field of Diaspora studies and in particular Indian/South Asian diaspora studies would find this volume useful.