Indian Diaspora? Understanding with the Virtues of Existing Definitions


  • Narmadha Muthu, Dr. Neelam Pandey


The notion of diaspora is variedly used in many streams of present social science research. Since the concept of diaspora has pervasive usage, the necessity of defining it is the real essential for the pool of knowledge base. The concept of diaspora emerged from the Jews dispersal in 6th century.  The evolution of diaspora came across a varied understanding. Each experts define diaspora differently with their own ideas and experiences. India has the largest diaspora population and the viability of diaspora is enormous, so defining the Indian diaspora and categorizing them would help researcher and policy makers to identify the target population and stakeholders definitely. The present research article attempts to analyse relevant diaspora articles and their operational definition in respective articles to conclude the definition of diaspora for better understanding. The main objective of the article to define and understand diaspora in greater notion. On analysing the existing research on the defining diaspora, I strongly support and extract six attributes to justify a group under the diaspora umbrella from the Jonathan Grossman research article ‘Towards definition of Diaspora’ the respective six attributes to define diaspora are Transnationalism, Dispersal/Immigration, Outside the homeland, Community, Home land orientation, Group identity. The article concludes that the comprising the above six attributes the diaspora can be defined based on the definite scenario and situations.