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Roots and Routes May 2012

Roots and Routes May 2012

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Roots and Routes disseminates latest information on research and policy developments in diaspora and transnationalism.

Monthly Newsletter of the Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism
Roots and Routes disseminates latest information on research and policy developments in diaspora and transnationalism.

Monthly Newsletter of the Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism

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DistinguishedLecture
Shri J C Sharma
 
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Global Update
 
Remiances to developing countriesare on rise: World BankReport 2011 says
 
 © GRFDT,
Roots and Routes is Printed,designed & circulated by GRFDTEditor: Sadananda SahooEditorial Board
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Divya Balan, KshipraUke, Mahalingam M, Monika Bisht,Rakesh Ranjan, Smita Tiwari, Vinod Kr.Choudhary, Vinod Sartape
 
Design and Production
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Monika Bishtand Rakesh Ranjan
 
Editor’s
 
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CONTENTS
 
 
GRFDT NEWSLETTER VOL.1, No.2, MAY 2012
 
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Roots and Routes
 
Dear Friends
 
Thank you all for the overwhelming support for the
Roots andRoutes
. Your feedback to improve the contents, quality and designof the Newsleer is highly appreciated. We will try our best to makethe Newsleer more interesting for researchers and policy makers.
 
There are suggestions regarding special issues on region/country aswell as other emerging issues.We will be very glad to work out onthe suggestions. We welcome scholars to contribute on various is-sues, themes and country specic studies and would be covered bythe
Roots and Routes
after reviewed by the editorial commiee.The present issue has similar columns like the rst issue. Apartfrom the usual GRFDT activities, we have carried out a book reviewand interviewed eminent as well as emerging scholars. The newssection covers the current development in the broad areas of diaspo-ra, transnationalism, international migration providing food forthought for new research.GRFDT is preparing a comprehensive database on scholars workingon the area of diaspora and transnationalism. The database will beavailable both online and in print. The database intends to promotepeer network and interdisciplinary research.
 
We are thankful to scholars who share wide ranging and relevantinformation with us throughemail, facebook and other social me-dia.This interactive space is important for cuing edge research ondiaspora and transnationalism.Once again we request for your continued support and suggestionsto improve the content,
 
quality and presentation of the Newsleerin the forthcoming issues.
 
Sadananda Sahoo
 
GRFDT Activities
 
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Book Review
 
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GRFDT Interview
 
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Global Update
 
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Conferences/ Seminars
 
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GRFDT Seminar at CSSSII, Jawaharlal NehruUniversity, New Delhi
 
 
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he Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transna-tionalism (GRFDT), organised its rst lecture of‘Distinguished Lecture Series’ on April 21, 2012 at Ja-waharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. The lecturewas delivered by Ambassador J.C. Sharma, former Mem- ber Secretary, High Level Commiee on Indian Diasporaon the topic ‚India's Diaspora Policy: Evolution, Chal-lenges and Prospects‛. Dr. Smita Tiwari, JMI, New Delhiand Kamala Kanta Dash, Research Scholar Monash Uni-versity, Australia were the discussants of the lecture. Theprogramme started with the welcome address by KshipraUke, Joint Secretary of GRFDT followed by an introduc-tion about GRFDT and about Shri J.C. Sharma.
 
Ambassador J.C. Sharma opened his lecture with a rele-vant observation that the academic studies on diasporahave not yet made adequate progress due to lack of mul-tidisciplinary approach to the subject. He said that theIndian diaspora policy making faced tremendous chal-lenges since beginning, the reason being that the policyhad to deal with diverse groups of Indian emigrantsacross the globe. Providing a comprehensive history ofthe various waves of Indian emigration since 1834 tilldate, he detailed the subsequent diaspora policies of In-dia, stretching from pre
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independence to post
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independence in response to the needs of the specicpoint of time. He analysed various policies in detail, espe-cially, how the initial policy on indenture labourers ne-glected the Indian emigrants’ interests and the resultantdebate among the Indian national leaders who stoodagainst that exploitative system of recruitment; how vari-ous post
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independent Indiangovernments dealt with the is-sues aecting Indian emigrants atdierent parts of the world in-cluding Tamils in Burma andSrilanka, Indians in East Africaand Caribbean, for instance. Hediscussed the inuence of post
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1973 oil boom and the economicreforms in India in 1990s uponthe aspiring emigrants and theiremigration paern and how thediaspora policy of India became a‘remiances centric’ since. Tohim, the National DemocraticAlliance (NDA) governments’policy characterised a completeparadigm shift as they adopted adierent take on diaspora policy based on the ideology of ‘culturalnationalism’ and the issue of dual
 
GRFDT NEWSLETTER VOL.1, No.2, MAY 2012
 
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GRFDT Activities
India's Diaspora Policy:
 
Evolution, Challenges and Prospects
 
Shri J C Sharma, Former 
Member Secretary, High Level Committee on Indian Diaspora
 
Roots and Routes
 
Lecture by Shri J C Sharma
 
Distinguished
 
Lecture
Participants in the Seminar
 

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