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The Indian Diaspora: Musings of a Social Anthropologist

Nation, Diaspora, Trans-Nation: Reflections from India by Ravindra K Jain (New Delhi: Routledge), 2010; pp x + 160, Rs 495.

The Indian Diaspora: scientist” (p 7). The first five chapters of the book examine inter-diaspora con-
Musings of a Social Anthropologist nections (via horizontal comparisons), and the last four chapters, the intra
  diaspora Indian anchorage (via vertical
N Jayaram  


avindra K Jain, the current elected chair of the Indian Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists, is perhaps the only social anthropologist with long-standing and wide-ranging scholarly interest in the Indian diaspora. He did research on the communities of Indian origin in Malaysia and Trinidad much before the rubric “the Indian diaspora” came into vogue. Jain, in my opinion, is the scholar who can provide a comprehensive and authoritative perspective on the Indian diaspora.

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