Diaspora Nationalism

This Article First Appeared In The Statesman.com On August 13, 2023

Long-distance nationalism acts as the ‘phantom bedrock’ of connection for the Indian diaspora, as there is always a deeper emotion involved with the land of their forefathers than with their current residency or changed nationality.

Settling into foreign lands is never easy or always a welcoming process as the Indian diaspora is invariably a ‘minority’ in foreign shores, and discrimination always lurks. Therefore, the quest for social acceptance as an ‘equal’ is always imagined, only in the land of their nativity or amongst a gathering of its diaspora in distant lands.

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