The Indian Diaspora and Transnational Political Identities

The political lives, identities, and influence of the Indian diaspora have been much discussed in recent years. This paper will contextualise current political trends within a longer historical trajectory, and explore the genealogies of contemporary mobilisations, tensions, and transnational networks. It will consider the emergence and evolution of various expressions of ‘long-distance nationalism’, and suggest that these might be understood as part of a global political movement underpinned by multidirectional flows of ideas, but also set in the context of a particular diasporic consciousness.