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GRFDT Inaugural Newsletter April 2012

GRFDT Inaugural Newsletter April 2012

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GRFDT Meet with ResourcePersons
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GRFDT NEWS:
3rd meeting ofGRFDT with Prof.Brij Maharaj
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Global Update
 
MOUs for Welfare of Indian EmigrantsOverseas Citizenship of India Cards,Home Connection: KIP for 600 DiasporaYouths so far
 © GRFDT,
Roots and Routes is Printed,designed & circulated by GRFDTEditor: Sadananda Sahoo
 
Editorial Board
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Divya Balan, Kshipra,Mahalingam M, Monika Bisht, RakeshRanjan, Smita Tiwari, Vinod Kr.Choudhary, Vinod Sartape
 
Design and Production
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Prachee Naik,Rakesh Ranjan
 
Roots and Routes 
Dear Friends,
 
Diaspora and transnationalism represents thehuman face of globalization. There has beensignicant scholarship on the subject both atempirical and theoretical levels. More recently,there has also been an emerging interest in theassociated policy implications amongst variousinstitutions, governments and development or-ganizations. However, there have been very few aempts to synergise, con-nect and interlink these diaspora studies with contemporary and emergingchallenges so as to further enrich comparative research and draw lessons forpolicy making.Today Diasporic communities are interacting with increasingly complexand volatile global socioeconomic and political systems. This poses majorchallenges to the existing theoretical frameworks and methodologies tounderstand, explain and analyse diasporic issues. Moreover, disciplinary,institutional and national boundaries have often limited our endeavour todevelop a holistic understanding of such complex issues.Our continued interaction with global experts on Diaspora encouraged us tocreate an international platform to facilitate, cooperate, collaborate andengage with scholars, diasporic communities, development organizations, businesses and governments worldwide. This is why the Global ResearchForum on Diaspora and Transnationalism (GRFDT) was conceived and for-mally established in 2012. Though launched and based in India, GRFDT’svision, objective and activities are global in nature. GRFDT is a platform tosynergise and make use of the existing global intellectual and cultural ex-pertise. In addition, the emphasis is on bridging the limitations posed by theso called boundaries.GRFDT has started ‘Roots and Routes’ in order to reach out to the research-ers and policy makers. This is a monthly Newsleer that
 
engages
 
with re-searchers and policy makers working on
 
the
 
issues of diaspora and transna-tionalism. The inaugural issue of ‘Roots and Routes’ focuses on researchand development
 
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promote a knowledge platform to advance scholarshipand policy engagement.
 
We sincerely thank Hon’ble Minister for Overseas Indian Aairs (MOIA)Shri Vayalar Ravi for his kind encouragement and support for this initiative.We also thank Prof. Ravindra K. Jain, Ambassador J.C. Sharma, Dr. ArmenBaibourtian, Prof. Brij Maharaj, Jwala Rambaran,Latefa N. Guemar,et.al.  for their association, encouragement and guidance in making this forum ‚areality‛.
 
I deeply appreciate the spirit of the voluntary work that my team of youngpassionate scholars have contributed in the last few months in establishingGRFDT and bringing out the inaugural issue of ‘Roots and Routes ‘.
 
(Sadananda Sahoo) 
Editor’s
 
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GRFDT National Seminar at CSSS,Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
 
 
GRFDT NEWSLETTER VOL.1, No.1, APRIL 2012
 
 
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GRFDT News
 
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GRFDT Seminar 05
 
Book Review
 
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GRFDT Interview
 
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Globe Update
 
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Books (New Arrival)
 
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Awards
 
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CONTENTS
 
 
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Roots and Routes 
GRFDT NEWSLETTER VOL.1, No.1, APRIL 2012
 
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