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Meeting Sandhya Nand

In 1989, Sandhya Nand was strutting down Victoria Parade in Suva by Anna Sweetman and Tanya Whiteside who are both considered OGs. In Sandhya’s words, Anna Sweetman was THE fashion organiser in the 80’s, she was a prestigious show producer and model agent and Sandhya was one of her top models. Sandhya tells me that […]

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University of the West Indies (UWI):  BA Theology degree that discriminates 

University of the West Indies (UWI):  BA Theology degree that discriminates  It sits innocently in the Undergraduate Humanities Programmes list, alphabetically bookended by Theatre Arts and Visual Arts. Yet the University of the West Indies (UWI) Bachelor of Arts BA Theology degree is a jarring testament to the religious and ethnic discrimination that still exists […]

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Global Indian Identity: A Cultural Mosaic

Global Indian Identity: A Cultural Mosaic — The Indian diaspora is one of the largest in the world, with millions of people of Indian descent living in countries all over the globe. This has led to the creation of a global Indian identity that is diverse and multifaceted, reflecting the many cultures, languages, and traditions […]

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The Identity Crisis: Tradition vs Modernity

India’s Identity Crisis: Tradition vs Modernity —  The Twice-Born,” a new memoir by Aatish Taseer, is troubled by a single plaintive question: Does a city steeped in tradition have a future in modern India? The setting is Benares, the spiritual capital of Hinduism, where more than five million pilgrims flock each year to worship, bathe, […]

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Sindhu Vee on Navigating Identity: Unraveling the Complexities of Indian Identity

Sindhu Vee on Navigating Identity: Unraveling the Complexities of Indian Identity — Comedy felt like home to Sindhu Vee. In her first ever film outing, UK-based Indian stand-up comedian Sindhu Vee stars in the 2022 Netflix adaptation of  “Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical”, an inspirational tale about a young genius girl, Matilda Wormwood (Alicia Weir), who discovers […]

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Global Indians: Unleashing Their Potential

Global Indians: Unleashing Their Potential — The Indian diaspora, comprising of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), has played an important role in shaping India’s economy and foreign relations. With a population of approximately 31.2 million people spread across 146 countries, the Indian diaspora has made significant contributions to India through remittances, […]

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Indian Diaspora: Uniting in Crisis

Indian Diaspora: Uniting in Crisis — The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of community and solidarity, and nowhere is this more evident than in the Indian diaspora’s efforts to help their homeland during this crisis. The second wave of COVID-19 infections in India has led to a severe shortage of oxygen, leaving hospitals overwhelmed […]

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Exploring Indian Diaspora Identity in EU

Exploring Indian Diaspora Identity in EU — Twinning Transnationalisms and Indic Identity in the Modern World: Indian Diaspora Engagements and Identity in the European Union” is an in-depth examination of how Indian diaspora communities in the European Union engage with and construct their identities. The article, written by Bashabi Gupta, a renowned sociologist, delves into […]

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Exploring the theme of homeland and identity in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake

Exploring the theme of homeland and identity in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake —  In the present era of transnational migration, the flow of the people among the different countries, convergence of the heterogeneous cultures, creolization of languages and hybridization of identities have broken the concept of fixity or absolute territoriality. The intersection between the terriorialization […]

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A question of Malawiness – Do not forget the Asians

Today! I want to speak to the newly appointed Ministers; of Tourism and Culture Hon Dr Michael Usi, as well of civic education and national unity Timothy Pagonachi Simbega Mtambo Dear Sirs, Both of you have the responsibility of bringing the nation as a whole in an effort to promote tourism, respect and adoration to […]

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Discover the Changing Face of A New Generation

A New Generation Creating a Cultural Identity : Have you read that article in Scroll on Sanskrit and computer software? What about Following Fish by Samanth Subramanian? Surely, you’ve read BuzzFeed’s 14 Public Announcements That Could Only Be Made in India ? And seen the BeingIndian video on penis sizes? No? You should. 1.6 million kids already have. Something’s happening […]

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Amartya Sen: Indian identity is ‘engulfing’ and absorbs other cultures

Amartya Sen: Indian identity is ‘engulfing’ and absorbs other cultures: NEW BRUNSWICK, April 12, 1997 – At the Second National Asian Indian American conference, “Explorations in Identity,” at Rutgers University, Harvard University Professor and Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen said that the Indian identity is not just a “surviving identity but an absorbing identity.” Sen said […]

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The Demand of Climate Change Action for Health

The Demand of Climate Change Action for Health — A 17 year-old British-Indian activist addressed the House of Commons, calling for swift action on climate change to prevent its adverse impacts on health. London: A 17 year-old British-Indian activist addressed the House of Commons, calling for swift action on climate change to prevent its adverse […]

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Transform Your Life with Bhakti Yoga

Transform Your Life with Bhakti Yoga — The young man who took to Krishna Consciousness and vegetarianism when he was 20 in 1973 never looked back. DIVYA KAELEY speaks to Bhaktimarga Swami on his journey of marathon walking and praying. “So, here I was a pilgrim, a Caucasian in Indian orange garb, going through the rhythm […]

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The mystery of the Crypto-King and India.

When 15, ninth grade Gerald Cotten in Belleville, Ontario, Canada, was selling get-rich-quick schemes  on online forums and learnt how to deceive investors covering his tracks. This gave him a good grounding to the world of digital currencies and  outright financial scams. He soon became captivated by the charms of this surreal world  called TalkGold, […]

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Indo Fijian wedding

Disclaimer: This is a general order of events that occurs in an Indo Fijian wedding.  The Haldi ceremony, the Mehendi ceremony, the weeks of ‘naach gaana’ (singing and dancing), the arrival of the Baraat, the countless shopping trips. Ah, weddings.  Indo Fijian culture recognises marriage not only as two individuals making a pledge to embark […]

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The Significance of the Humanities & Social Sciences

Education Trends in the Indian Diaspora: The Significance of the Humanities & Social Sciences Every year, the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) and other examining bodies and education ministries in the region announce CXC results in the same format: (1) the number of public and private candidates who sat the exams in the respective country or […]

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Impact of Indian Diaspora In Global Politics

Impact of Indian Diaspora In Global Politics — There are certain things you can be sure of the moment you set foot in Varanasi. For one, it’s not a city of deception. There is a sense of spontaneity, which adds magic to the mundane. Throbbing with life, its lanes and alleys speak of reverence, much […]

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Indentureship – The struggles of being accepted as Fijian: Aaisha Khan

Over 60, 000 Indian indentured labourers came to Fiji – the adults on a five-year contract, after which they could return to India at their own expense or on a free passage after 10 years’ ‘industrial residence’ in the colony. (Lal, 2019). As indentured emigration was state sponsored, the Government of India was kept informed […]

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A Way Forward: Leveraging Next-Gen Leaders

A Way Forward: Leveraging Next-Gen Leaders — One of the primary motivations for Shruti Kanodia, Managing Partner, Sagus Legal in starting her law firm was to create a workplace in which people can flourish while ensuring highest quality of service to the clients. “Our profession is an inextricable part of our life, just like our […]

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Ganesh Halo: Art Of Homeland Seperation

Ganesh Halo: Art Of Homeland Seperation —  AS THE MIC IS handed over to Ganesh Haloi after the experts have had their say at a book launch held in Mumbai recently, he smiles shyly and mutters something on the lines of, “I am not a speaker,” before quickly slipping away to exchange pleasantries and sign […]

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Indian Students’ Association of Victoria (ISA): Staying at the Front of Student Life

Indian Students’ Association of Victoria (ISA): Staying at the Front of Student Life —  With thousands of international students still recovering from post-pandemic financial and mental strain, the Indian Students’ Association of Victoria (ISA) has been a ray of hope. It was their ground-breaking work which contributed to the Federal Government announcement in November 2021 to […]

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The Australian Colonial Sugar Refining Company

1880: The Australian Colonial Sugar Refining Company (CSR) decided to begin operations in Fiji. The company went on to have a massively significant influence on the economic and political sphere of Fiji. The collapse of the cotton price in the 1860s had led to the start of sugar production in Fiji. Prior to CSR’s arrival, […]

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Legendary Athlete PT Usha: India’s First Female Indian Olympic President

Legendary Athlete PT Usha: India’s First Female Indian Olympic President — FOR MOST MILLENNIALS and the generations of younger Indians that followed, PT Usha was a familiar name in general knowledge books and quiz competitions. Until sometime in the middle of this year when she was nominated to the Rajya Sabha and, of course, now […]

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The power of women to change their world.

The power of women to change their world. First it was the children, a three years old boy marked with bruises and  signs of abuse, then the eight year old that he began to slap and kick and beat and then Lily the 35 year old mother with five children could not take it anymore. […]

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Nabeela Syed: Makes History In US Midterm Elections

Nabeela Syed: Makes History In US Midterm Elections, The 23-year-old Democrat, Indian-American won the most recent US midterm elections, defeating Chris Bos of the Republican Party. Nabeela Syed has written history by becoming the Illinois General Assembly’s youngest member. The 23-year-old  Democrat, Indian-American won the most recent US midterm elections, defeating Chris Bos of the […]

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A Homeland for Indians displaced by Indentured Labour

A Homeland for Indians displaced by Indentured Labour The stories of hardship, abuse, discrimination, murder and racial violence of Indians displaced by Indentured labour have not eroded with time, the living conditions of Indians under colonial rule dating back over 160 years ago still prevail today, this time under a new administration. The oppression and […]

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Mr. RAMAPHOSA, HAS THE DUSK SET IN ON THE NEW DAWN ALREADY?

Mr. RAMAPHOSA, HAS THE DUSK SET IN ON THE NEW DAWN ALREADY? Is the once vaunted ANC even capable of producing a president who can carry himself to two terms successfully? “Oh what a tangled web we weave when we first practice to deceive” Mr. President The Ides of March is upon you, beware – […]

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How’s Your Cup Of Coffee? Gidio Moniz the story of Café Goa

How’s Your Cup Of Coffee? Gidio Moniz  the story of Café Goa — GIDIO MONIZ found his passion after his retirement in a country that is a haven for the brew that delights millions across the globe BY ROWENA KAY MASCARENHAS “Coffee is an art, more like a passion, akin to producing grapes for wine. […]

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The Immigrant Experience: Overcoming Hurdles

The Immigrant Experience: Overcoming Hurdles — The immigrant experience is full of excitement and the hurdles become easy to overcome because of the irrepressible desire to succeed, says DIVYA KAELEY It’s mid-2012 when we arrive at the busy Toronto Pearson Airport as permanent residents. The hustle and bustle makes me nervous and the cool July […]

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Meet The 23-Year-Old Indian-Origin Astronaut Whose Life Mission Is to explore space

Meet The 23-Year-Old Indian-Origin Astronaut Whose Life Mission Is to explore space — Sirisha Bandla worked hard at her dream of going into space despite having it shattered once. The young Indian-origin astronaut talks about her incredible experience in space – and about doing a somersault! The earliest memory that Sirisha Bandla, Vice President of Government […]

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Remembering the indentured roots – redefining Indo-Fijianness

Over 60, 000 Indian indentured labourers came to Fiji – the adults on a five-year contract, after which they could return to India at their own expense or on a free passage after 10 years’ ‘industrial residence’ in the colony. (Lal, 2019).  As indentured emigration was state sponsored, the Government of India was kept informed […]

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Women Harnessing The Positive Power Of A Crisis

Women Harnessing The Positive Power Of A Crisis —  Munmun, a Transmission Line design Technician in Boston, is working from home like many other mothers simultaneously handling duties of work and motherhood. Since February, she had spent several hours glued to news channels following the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial panic has started […]

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Thota Vaikuntam: Exploring Identity Through Brushstrokes Of Indian Roots

Thota Vaikuntam: Exploring Identity Through Brushstrokes Of Indian Roots — ONE OF THE life-altering moments that Thota Vaikuntam remembers vividly from his student days at the Baroda College (1971-72) was his mentor KG Subramanyan’s advice—“If you want your art to be original, stop following Europe and Britain. Instead, reach back into your own roots. The […]

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Indianness or Fijianness – the swinging pendulum

Ah, the good ol’ feeling of not being Indian enough and not being Fijian enough. It is a feeling that has festered for years and probably will continue to fester. The years of almost desperately craving for acceptance and validations from India Indians – oh wait let me give you context. ‘India Indians’ – my […]

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Art in the diaspora: A Work of Art in Every Direction

Art in the diaspora: A Work of Art in Every Direction — A COMMUNITY THAT WAS once maligned in mainstream US culture, South Asians appear to have gained a new prominence in recent years. With the rise of stars like Riz Ahmed, Mindy Kaling and Aziz Ansari, it has never been a better time to […]

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Breaking the Barriers: Four-Year-Old Sikh Child The Face of Diversity and Inclusion

Breaking the Barriers: Four-Year-Old Sikh Child, The Face of Diversity and Inclusion — Diversity is a goal for many campaigns in recent years. Yet the manner in which brands approach inclusivity can be boiled down to tokenism, even more so in the fashion industry. As part of Burberry’s Children’s Autumn-Winter ’22 collection, the fashion brand […]

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Dr. Jaya Pathi, 5 Decades Of Healing

Dr. Jaya Pathi, 5 Decades Of Healing — Dr Jaya Pathi obtained her MBBS from Osmania University in Hyderabad in 1967 and started working in a public hospital, while pursuing specialist training in Paediatrics simultaneously. As a married woman she moved to Jamshedpur and worked as a specialist Paediatrician at Telco hospital before migrating to […]

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Akshata Murty & Rishi Sunak: The Power Couple of Multiculturalism

Akshata Murty & Rishi Sunak: The Power Couple of Multiculturalism — ON ONE OF THE RARE OCCASIONS SHE HAS spoken publicly, back in 2010, Akshata Murty said her mother was her friend, philosopher and guide. Sudha Murthy’s capability to balance career, family and society left an impact on her daughter. No surprise then that Akshata’s […]

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The Woman Of Whereabouts: Identity Is Just A Marker, We Are All Outsiders

The Woman Of Whereabouts: Identity Is Just A Marker, We Are All Outsiders — WITH WHEREABOUTS (Hamish Hamilton; 176 pages; Rs 499) Jhumpa Lahiri proves her complete mastery over writing (and translating) in a new language. Originally written in Italian in 2018 as Dove Mi Trovo this is Lahiri’s third novel (after The Namesake, 2003 and The Lowland, 2013), and the […]

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Tradition is not an excuse for patriarchy. 

Patriarchy: ‘a system of society or government in which the father or eldest male is head of the family and descent is reckoned through the male line.’ According to Dr Greda Lerner (Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin), “Patriarchy has gone through many forms, and is an institutionalised pattern of male dominance in […]

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Non-Resident Indian And Their Unbreakable Ties In The Motherland

Non-Resident Indian And Their Unbreakable Ties In The Motherland, Let me confess at the start that I have never been a non-resident Indian. I have never experienced their joy, their dreams and their loneliness. My exposure to them has been through those marvellous 1960s and ’70s Bollywood films, where the hat-wearing rich uncle used to […]

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Away From Home— The Good, Bad And Ugly

Away From Home— The Good Bad And Ugly,  HUMA ZAHEER shares her experience of discovering a new world, new people and new challenges away from home Twenty-three years later, I still have vivid memories of the day I landed in Toronto. It was early evening at the end of March when I arrived at the […]

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What it’s like to be an adult child of immigrants with Dev Patel

What it’s like to be an adult child of immigrants with Dev Patel — It’s been A two-and-a-half-month long rollercoaster ride for Dev Patel with many stops along the way, including an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Lion. The ride came to an end on Oscar night; the golden statue was not to be […]

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Structuring Innovation: Brajendra Panda Gets $637K Grant To Aid Critical-Infrastructure

Brajendra Panda Gets $637K Grant To Aid Critical-Infrastructure — Panda has been awarded $637,223 (Rs 5.2 crore) by the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity to improve recovery methods for critical infrastructure systems following a cyberattack. Critical infrastructure (CI) includes things like the power grid, gas and oil pipelines, military installations, and hospitals. Panda, […]

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The Indian Sufi Music That Enchant Moscow in 1910

The Indian Sufi Music That Enchant Moscow in 1910—  On a chilly October night in 1913, the eldest son of Leo Tolstoy, Sergey decided to head over to Maxim, a famous cabaret, along with two of his friends-Symbolist poet Vyacheslav Ivanov and opera singer Feodor Chaliapin. As was the case in Paris, Berlin and other […]

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Reimagining Indian Values: Why Indians are Making a name in Canada?

Reimagining Indian Values: Why Indians are Making a name in Canada? — Devesh Gupta set up Prudent Law in Greater Toronto in 2015 and has clocked exceptional growth, focusing on immigration from India, particularly from Punjab BY GURMUKH SINGH As the population of the Indo-Canadian community here increases rapidly with the influx of a record […]

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Indian Students In Canada Visa Dilemma, The downfall of dreams

The downfall of dreams: Indian Students In Canada Visa Dilemma — A large number of Indian students who have been enrolled with three private colleges in Canada have their dreams and ambitions shattered. They need urgent help from the government of Canada to safeguard their future “I took a loan from a bank in India […]

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Dear Mr. Siboniso.Mbhele – Let’s deal with the Elephant in the room

The MEC for Transport, Community Safety & Liaison: KwaZulu-Natal Mr. Siboniso.Mbhele Sir Re: Road Carnage in KwaZulu-Natal is unacceptable/ Conduct of Taxi Drivers are a hazard Congratulations on your appointment as the MEC of Transport, Community Safety & Liaison KwaZulu-Natal. As we approach the end of the year and the start of the holiday season, […]

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Forbes’ 50 over 50: Meet 7 Indian WomenMaking A Difference

Forbes’ 50 over 50: Meet 7 Indian WomenMaking A Difference — New York: Proving yet again that age has got nothing to do with success, seven Indian-American women have made it to the Forbes’ ‘50 over 50’ list of 200 entrepreneurs, investors, creators and entertainers. While Manjusha Kulkarni, co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, is listed […]

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Living out of the shell: Life as an Immigrant in Canada

Living out of the shell: Life as an Immigrant in Canada — It is no cakewalk for immigrants from India, says GURMUKH SINGH, especially if they are mid-career professionals When I relocated permanently to Canada in 2006, I had no professional reasons to move out of India. Things just happened. One thing led to another. […]

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Legacy to be forgotten: Indian heritage to be a ghost from the past?

Legacy to be forgotten: Indian heritage to be a ghost from the past? — From a political perspective, India and the United States are two separate nation-states. Yet, several characteristics connect us, especially respect for democratic values, global community, individual national sovereignty, and the national flag. In addition, several other factors provide common ground conducive […]

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The Haunted line – Halloween in Fiji with Aaisha Khan

Trick or treat. Candy. Costumes. Carving pumpkins. Ghost stories. Horror stories. Frantic consumerism to keep up with the demands of children. Nightclubs packed with people dressed up in their favourite Halloween costumes. Halloween has its roots in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. A pagan religious celebration which welcomes the harvest at the end of […]

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Unspoken narrative: Can Indians thrive in Dubai?

Unspoken narrative: Can Indians thrive in Dubai? —  Sudha Chandran recounts an inspiring story of Indian immigrants moving out of a limited opportunities space to that of leadership positions in the expanding social and corporate world of the UAE I first set foot on foreign soil as a young bride flying into the United Arab […]

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The HungerMitao Movement : Fighting Hunger, Feeding Millions

The HungerMitao Movement : Fighting Hunger Feeding Millions — The community-driven movement celebrates five years of championing hunger relief and feeding millions of the poor in North Texas Celebrating five years of championing hunger relief, the HungerMitao movement has announced that it has provided more than 50 million nutritious meals to children, seniors, veterans, and […]

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Journey To The Uphill: Moving Forward & Beyond

Journey to the uphill: Moving forward & beyond— Born and raised in Birmingham, England, Kamal Kaur had no idea she’d be summiting peaks and looking forward to scaling the next one even before she had time to get over the mountain blues. She sort of stumbled into it when after school she began volunteering at […]

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When the Hunter becomes the Hunted

When the Hunter becomes the Hunted — From Boris Johnson to Liz Truss to Rishi Sunak – the arc of history is being bent! Africa too, should be proud! Rishi Sunak, just over six weeks ago, was the losing candidate in Britain’s Conservative Party’s leadership race that would have seen him ascend to the highest […]

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Vaidehi Bridging Distance, Localising Culture

Vaidehi Bridging Distance, Localising Culture —  Vaidehi may have various names like Sita, Janaki, or Maithili,  but her true essence is unique and everlasting. Yes, I am talking about the daughter of Mithila, Sita who is a character from the great Indian mythology Ramayana.  Her relevance is revered so much so that it inspired some […]

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The power of Indian diaspora in enriching Australia

The power of Indian diaspora in enrichment of  Australia — They drive cabs in the wee hours, man 7/11 franchises, and gather scattered trolleys at supermarkets, amongst a long list of arduous tasks. But they also teach at schools and universities, lead mega engineering projects, save lives at hospitals and treat the sick at medical […]

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Voice of the voiceless: Ajit Sahi recieves an Pluralist Award in Washington

Voice of the voiceless: Ajit Sahi recieves an Pluralist Award in Washington — Veteran Indian journalist and civil rights activist, Ajit Sahi, has received the prestigious Pluralist Award from former United States Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback. Awarded by the Center of Pluralism for his “outstanding work [for] standing up for […]

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Connected as one: Bringing Caribbean together trough Indian diaspora

Connected As One: Bringing Caribbean Together Trough Indian Diaspora — Tourists to Trinidad and Tobago can enjoy the tastes, sights, sounds, flora, fauna and peoples of the scenic twin-island Caribbean republic to which 143,939 Indentured immigrants came and established their legacy. The Indo-Caribbean Cultural Centre (ICC) Indian Diaspora Country Tours are intended to bring people in […]

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The Quest for Sustainability: India-US Remain Committed to Green Energy

The Quest for Sustainability: India, US Remain Committed to Green Energy — The resolve of India and the U.S. to transition to “green, clean and sustainable energy” would not be diminished by the turbulence in energy markets, India’s Petroleum and Natural Gas minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said. The minister’s comments were made on Friday, […]

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The Battle Of Faith: Protest Against Persecution of Muslim minority

The battle of faith: Protest Against Persecution of Muslim minority — In Edison, New Jersey, a bulldozer, which has become a symbol of oppression of India’s Muslim minority, rolled down the street during a parade marking that country’s Independence Day. At an event in Anaheim, California, a shouting match erupted between people celebrating the holiday […]

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Ties that Bind: The power of Indian diaspora in Fiji

The power of Indian diaspora in Fiji—  Fiji, a small nation in the Pacific archipelago, gained independence in 1970 when a Constitution establishing parliamentary democracy with the British Monarch as head of state was adopted. Fiji’s governance was disrupted by military coups in May and September 1987 when the parliament was dissolved. Fiji declared itself […]

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Open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa

The President: Republic of South Africa Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa Sir IS SOUTH AFRICA BECOMING A “BLACK” COUNTRY – OR HAS IT ALREADY BECOME ONE? ARE “BLACKS” THE ONLY CITIZENS WHO ASCEND TO SENIOR POSITIONS? I write to you with a caveat that this correspondence, while invoking the ideology of race, it is not meant to […]

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Migration: Shaping the identity of indian diaspora

Migration: shaping the indian diaspora – As a kid whose age was barely into the double digits, I was excited when the storied team from the West Indies toured India in 1974 to play a series of cricket matches. I was psyched about Andy Roberts and Clive Lloyd and the rest, and couldn’t wait for […]

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Jatin Kotecha: Motorcycle Ride Around Australia

Jatin Kotecha: Motorcycle Ride Around Australia — Going on a solo road trip around Australia on a bike is a dream for many adventurers, and Indian Australian businessman Jatin Kotecha fulfilled this amazing feat. He started his journey on 30 April 2022 from his home in Melbourne and completed it on 18 June after visiting Tasmania’s Devonport. […]

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How the diaspora bridging Indian-Oman relationship

The diaspora bridging Indian-Oman relationship – Speaking about the crucial role played by the Omani people in fostering close ties between both countries, Amit Narang, ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman, during a recent interview with T TV, said: “When I was here, the very first month, a total Omani stranger approached me […]

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The rise of Indian diaspora in Australia

The rise of Indian diaspora in Australia– Almost a decade ago, Melbourne artist Sapna Chandu wondered why chai – proper Indian-style masala chai – was nowhere to be found in Australian cafes, yet the dialled-down Western version, chai latte, was everywhere. It led her to conceptualise a world where India had overtaken Australia and had […]

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Expecting the unexpected: A Call For Disaster Preparedness

Expecting the unexpected: A Call For Disaster Preparedness One of the critical aspects of visionary leadership, especially in governance, is the ability to foreplan and ensure readiness in terms of contingencies that might arise unannounced or unexpectedly. KwaZulu-Natal, as a province, experienced two such “disasters” in a space of eight months, namely, the July 2021 […]

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India-Pacific Island relations: What’s behind the new push?

India-Pacific Island relations: What’s behind the new push?— India’s connection with the South Pacific Islands has traditionally been fairly limited, despite a sizeable ethnic Indian population in Fiji. However, the relationship is gaining momentum under Prime Minister Modi’s government, and not just with Fiji but across the South Pacific. The region has long figured in […]

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Dowry: A Curse In The Life Of A Indian Woman

Dowry: A Curse In The Life Of A Married Indian Woman – Is dowry a tradition or a trap? A question that goes through most Indian young women who are married off to men working or studying abroad. Besides, before the wedding, the bride’s family and the bride are under the impression that the groom […]

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When will civil war come to South Africa?

Beware the Ides of March! Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France before being overthrown by revolutionaries and being publicly guillotined following the abolition of the monarchy in France, is famously attributed for the almost brazen quote, “Quils mangent de la brioche” – traditionally translated as “let them eat cake”. Her utterance was the result […]

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MY DEAR ELIZABETH/LIZZI

MY DEAR ELIZABETH/LIZZIE By far, the reference to the late Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain as “My dear Elizabeth” and “Lizzie” by one Nelson Mandela, always evokes a wry smile in me, as much as it raised consternation amongst his close aides at the time. His reason was simple. “Why shouldn’t I call her Elizabeth, […]

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President Donald Ramotar and Global Indian Ambassador presents to CCWU 5th Triennial Delegates’ Conference

  Introduction Thank you for giving me this opportunity to be the Guest Speaker to your 5th Triennial Delegates’ Conference. It is indeed an honor to speak to your delegates and guests since some of the founders and very early members of your Union were members and founders of the political party which I have […]

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Leicester: When Identity turns violent – Tensions between Hindu and Muslim communities

Leicester has long been home to sizeable Muslim and Hindu populations. And up until recently (with some exceptions), they have lived alongside one another in relative harmony – despite the international tensions between Pakistan and India, the two countries most of Leicester’s Muslims and Hindus hail from or have family connections to. But on 28 […]

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 YOU’RE A FREAKING LUNATIC: HEARD THAT, SAID THAT!

 YOU’RE A FREAKING LUNATIC: HEARD THAT, SAID THAT! Naked and chained in a roofless shed. Sored bodies bearing marks of torture, along with surgical marks on their backs. Some found crawling in their excreta, others even consuming it! This was the plight of thirty-five men and six boys who were rescued from an illegal ‘asylum’ […]

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Gurdwara bombing may signal the end of Afghanistan’s Sikhs

The Afghan ambassador to India described Islamic State’s bombing of a Sikh temple in Kabul as an “attack on the entire civilised population of Afghanistan”. Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, called it “barbaric” and “ghastly”. The Islamic State-Khorasan (Isis-K) attacked the Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul’s Bagh-e Bala area on Saturday, killing at least two people, including a Sikh […]

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Climate, oil and Uganda – Perspectives with Dr Elly Karuhanga

THE UGANDA OIL PROJECT: A CAREFULLY CONSIDERED OPPORTUNITY FOR UGANDA’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT  BY HON. Dr. ELLY KARUHANGA. Personal opinion Throughout my life I never knew I would find some environmental activists objectionable and so counter to African interests. This is disturbing. I give you a woman called Joyce Katushabe who is from Buliisa on oil rich western […]

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The Indian Citizen of South Africa is your compatriot – not your enemy

The young “Black” Lady who made a Tik-Tok video entitled, “The Hierarchy of our Blackness” The Indian Citizen of South Africa is your compatriot – not your enemy Madam My initial reaction after watching the video you made on Tik-Tok entitled, “The hierarchy of blackness” was to unleash a tirade at what I perceived as […]

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AN APPEAL TO THE PRESIDENT OF MALAWI AND THE LEADERS OF ASIAN BUSINESS CAPTAINS.

AN APPEAL TO THE PRESIDENT OF MALAWI AND THE LEADERS OF ASIAN BUSINESS CAPTAINS. By Yamikani Nicholas Kachingwe. I for one have noted with great disdain on how some people due to ignorance and lack of knowledge are going astray to the extent of becoming paupers and enemies of progress. The majority of Malawians need […]

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How valuable is your passport?

Thousands of Indians are giving up their citizenship. 1,33,049 Indians gave up Indian citizenship in 2017, 1,34,561 in 2018, 1,44,017 in 2019, 85,248 in 2020 and 1,11,287 in 2021. According to Ministry of Internal Affairs figures from 2021, 40% of them came from America, followed by Australian, Canada and the UK. While it would be […]

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The Jews of India: Small in Number, Great in Impact

There are a mere 4, 500 Jews in India in a population of 1.5. billion. Talk about minorities! What they may lack in numbers, they have made up for in other ways-cultural, political and financial. From the Babylonian Captivity to the present, the experience of the Jews has been one of sorrow. By contrast, that […]

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DON’T SHOOT, SIR, I AM ONLY A CHILD!

DON’T SHOOT SIR, I AM ONLY A CHILD! (Dedicated to the memory of all the children who are victims of war) The flaming sounds of fury and rage, Thundered through the stillness of the sleepy dawn, I dared not move my little frame in fear of the impending rampage, Beweeping softly my direful fate as […]

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“India’s Decision to Abstain from the UN vote on Russia was craven” Discuss

Today, with your leave, we are going to try something a bit different on The Global Indian Series: a debate. Our motion is as follows: ‘This House believes that India’s decision to abstain from U.N. vote against Russia was craven” https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=Ibdia+abstain+UN+ In the interests of fairness, we shall put forward both sides of the argument, […]

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A Pretty Pass for Priti Patel: Is the The National and Borders bill Dead in the Water?

Let joy be unconfined. Wiser counsels have prevailed. This week the Lords have voted down four controversial clauses in the Nationality and Borders Bill by a majority of 78. The Lords Temporal rejected all four, including Clause 9, as indeed did Baroness Warsi, who was the first Muslim woman to serve in the Cabinet. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/28/lords-reject-clause-in-bill-criminalising-refugees-who-arrive-by-irregular-route […]

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Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came

Vladimir Putin: A Russian Tyrant and a Demagogue who must be punished I am inherently opposed to war between countries in any form. Yet, every so often we get reminded of Wilfred Owen’s poem, The Futility of War”, like we are being reminded at this moment in history. Being a closet polemologist, it was depressing […]

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Citizenship by Investment-Bedtime Reading

Welcome to The Global Indian Series Book Review: Citizenship by Investment-Bedtime Reading Today, we put two books under the microscope. Ius Doni in International Law and Eu Law (Theory and Practice of Public International Law)  Our first book is from the eminent pen of Christian Kälin,  the doyen of Citizenship by investment, not to mention […]

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How Diverse is diversity?

Despite being the second-largest ethnic group in the UK, British Asians are conspicuous by their near absence from most adverts, programmes (terrestrial, streaming on otherwise).  Stereotypes abound. People of Indian origin still tend to play doctors, scientists and when they are cast against type, it all too often feels like tokenism. If the advert wants […]

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There is no such thing as the Indian Diaspora

When on February 16th India Diaspora announced with great fanfare that n0 fewer than 200 people of Indian origin occupy positions of leadership and 60 are cabinet ministers around the world, we at The Global Indian weren’t surprised in the least. https://lists.indiaspora.org/governmentLeaders/2021 At 18 million, India’s diaspora is the largest in the world. It stands […]

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CBI in The Caribbean- Is it Doomed?

CBI has been a real boon to many wealthy people, many of them of Indian origin. In an uncertain world where anti-Indian sentiment appears to be on the rise, when many South Asians do not feel welcome in the countries which they call home and where the tax burden becomes ever heavier, Citizenship and residency […]

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20 000 Indian Students Stranded in Ukraine: Why won’t Modi condemn Putin?

War may be imminent in the Ukraine. Both Washington and London are warning that Putin plans too invade in a matter of hours. Today came news that he has dispatched troops to the two breakaway regions in Eastern Ukraine which he formally recognised on February 21st. Neither sanctions nor international condemnation will deter Putin.   […]

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Priti Patel stops ‘Golden Visa’ with Immediate Effect: why you should be worried

Britain’s Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced an end to ‘Golden Visas’ with immediate effect. Sanctions against Russia in all but name The consensus is that she did so to bring pressure to bear on Russian oligarchs who have sought British citizenship for the princely sum of £2 million pounds and to a a clear […]

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5 Reasons Why Wealthy POI’s Should Consider Citizenship by Investment

To pursue Citizenship by Investment or not to pursue Citizenship by Investment? That is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles by investing in your future and by opposing end them. We at the Global Indian […]

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What’s in a name? The Politics of Naming

“What’s in a name?” as Juliet so famously asks. ‘”That which we call a rose/ By any other name would smell as sweet.” Or would it? Names matter. They enshrine identity. Indeed, they enact it. Names tell their own (his)stories and silence others. They are not mere labels. They carry a freight of associations which […]

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What really lies behind the Hijab ban in Karnataka?

Today, The Global Indian Series asks: what really lies behind the Hijab ban in Karnataka? On February 5th, the southern state government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) banned clothes that “disturb equality, integrity and public order”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rnOlEsNc2c This in effect meant a ban on the hijab. The whole affair raises many […]

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Stay in Your Lane: Hyundai will think twice before its next political activist tweet

By Hardeep Singh  Photo: Sam Panthaky Original article Stay in your lane | Hardeep Singh | The Critic Magazine Some corporates have an established track record of acting as if they were Harvard educated foreign policy analysts. Take Ben & Jerry’s recent tweet about Biden’s military response to Russian brinkmanship. Indeed it’s a fascinating opinion […]

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You’ve crossed a line, Jimmy Carr

It was with horror that we at The Global Indian reacted to your highly insulting and profoundly unfunny joke about the Roma. Your referred to it as a ‘career ender’ and your words may well prove prophetic. All right minded people are appalled by your comments. You are an educated man with a keen wit. […]

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Exposed: Thousands of innocent people thrown out of the UK for cheating in English Language Tests

According to a BBC investigation, the Home Office has been trying to kick out people for cheating based upon the findings of a testing organisation (ETS), despite evidence that its date is profoundly flawed. The figures make for shocking reading. Some 2, 500 people were deported and a conservative estimate of 7, 200 were shown […]

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The World Facing Grave Dangers

This year marks sixty years since the world came to the very brink of nuclear war. The event hascome to be known as the “Cuban Missile Crisis”. We now know from the documents releasedfrom the US State Department, the Kennedy papers and more recently from the archive in theformer Soviet Union that we were really […]

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The Plight of the Roma in Europe-By Ambassador Grattan

Dear fellow Ambassadors, As one newly joined to your ranks, I take this opportunity to bring to yourattention – with a call to action – the gross racism and violence both verbaland physical increasingly undergone by Roma in Europe – at a time, I mustadd when the Romani people worldwide are seeking closer ties with […]

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The Nationality & Borders Bill: Should Clause 9 be removed?

  It is a mere matter of time before The Borders and Nationality Bill (https://bills.parliament.uk/bills/3023) becomes the law of the land and when it does, it will give the state unprecedented powers to remove citizens of their citizenship without informing them. There are real fears up and down the land that ethnic minorities (particularly those […]

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If the USA can do it, why can’t we in South Africa? Is it time that we see a President selected on merit and not melanin to lead South Africa?

COULD SOUTH AFRICA HAVE A WHITE, INDIAN OR COLOURED PRESIDENT CHOSEN ON LEADERSHIP MERIT IN THE FUTURE? A Pik Botha Deja vu moment I encountered my first taste of racism at the tender age of seven. My dad had taken me on a fishing trip to what was then commonly referred to as the “Snake […]

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The Memons

Long and proud is the history of the Memons. Traditionally, Memons have made highly successful merchant tradesmen. They have long had a well-deserved reputation for alms-giving and philanthropy. But who are they? Tracing their roots to Sindh, Kutch and Kathiawar, the Memons are an ethnic group whose origins are much debated. According to one hypothesis, […]

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The Secrets of Citizenship by Investment They Don’t Want You to know

Seen through a South Asian prism, Citizenship and Residency by Investment Programmes are looking an increasingly attractive proposition. A snap shot brief  for PIOs considering Citizenship by investment and residency.  Life is hard for many people of the Indian diaspora. From the riots in South Africa to the racial tensions in many Caribbean islands, many […]

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The Long Road To Justice for India’s Transgender Women

When Rajan Nazran (explorer-in-chief and founder of The Global Indian Series) travelled to India to interview activist and actor, Rudrani Chhetri, two things struck him in particular: first, her sheer bravery in living as a woman in a society in which you are considered a pariah and second her tireless efforts to seek acceptance in […]

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Is Citizenship by Investment the answer to the World’s Ills?

The short answer is ‘no’. However, there are ways in which migration investment when carried out ethically can be a good thing for local people. Any country worth its salt these days has a Citizen by Investment Programme. Some are good, some are bad and some are indifferent. If you are rich, then Citizenship by […]

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Why The Super-Rich Love Citizenship by Investment

Fear + money makes for a powerful cocktail. If you are ultra-rich, keen to protect your business interests and your family, then you will stop at nothing to do so. Naturally, if you and your family are interested in acquiring citizenship of another country, then you want to see a good return with your investment. […]

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Citizenship by Investment-“Fools Rush in where Angels fear to Tread”

Alexander Pope had the right of it when he said: “Nay, fly to Altars; there they’ll talk you dead;For Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread.” This applies as much to Citizenship by Investment as to anything else. If you are a person of means and want to acquire citizenship or residency in another […]

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“It’s never been cool for you to call me coolie” – Indo-Jamaican Melissa Dean

Melissa Dean is an Indo-Jamaican Masters student at Queens University in Canada. Her cultural background as well as her passion for advocacy and equity issues drives her to express her interests through spoken-word poetry. “I am Indo-Jamaican” is the first public performance of her poetry. Her great grandmother was born on a ship carrying indentured […]

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28 countries and growing – Global Indian Ambassadors

You helped us grow and now we begin! Last year we kicked off our Ambassadors Program, social custodians who help shape the work we do and bring to life projects that support the foundation of empowered communities and a better planet for all. 25 extraordinary individuals have been elected to this global movement of minds; […]

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11 Indian Words used in English and How they help us rethink the Indian Diaspora

  India has contributed dozens of words to the English language. This is a testament not only to the richness of Hindi, Urdu and Hindustani but also to the peculiar way the English language, perhaps more than any other, has of absorbing words from other languages.  English and ‘Indianness’ Inevitably, English has shaped notions of […]

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Covid and our stories

The world is changing, and I am proud to say we are part of that change as the Global Indian. Just under 2 years ago, before working from home was merely a privilege for the chosen few, and a national toilet paper rationing was something left to the wild imagination of writers of satire, there […]

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The Price of Citizenship?

With the rise in anti-Indian sentiment in countries such as South Africa coupled with tougher anti-immigration policies in the Northern and Southern hemisphere, we children of the Indian diaspora, increasingly need to look our futures. Life in South Africa has become intolerable for many Indians. The riots of 2021 will leave scars for many years […]

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Open letter to The President of South Africa: Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa

The President : Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa The Republic of South Africa Sir, “IF YOU HOLD THE POWER, YOU BEAR THE RESPONSIBILITY” You will be soon required, as the president, to deliver your “STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS” – an address that is meant to inspire and motivate the country to do better, to live better […]

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India’s Big Fat Brain Drain

India has a big problem: a brain drain of epic proportions. The Global Indian Series can reveal that highly skilled Indians are leaving India in their droves in pursuit of better opportunities elsewhere. Small wonder the Indian diaspora is the biggest in the world. According to 2021 figure, some 3.12 million highly educated India have […]

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New Year’s Resolutions- The Global Indian Series’ Style

It’s that time of year again! A new year, a new start, and chance to be the best you can be. That goes for us at The Global Indian Series. So here’s Our Pledge to you for 2022 We will promise to plunge into the human experience, cover the stories that matter to you and […]

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The Roma, one of the Lost Tribes of India

The Indian Diaspora is not a modern phenomenon. As we say on the Global Indian series, we’re everywhere! And South Asians were there a long, long time ago. The Roma (or Gypsies as they are known in Britain) hail from the Punjab region of northern India as nomads and entered Europe between the eighth and […]

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Indo-Fijian Scholar Dies in Exile

It is tragic that one of our most acclaimed scholars should die in exile, declared persona non grata by the Bainimarama Government, says Fiji Labour Party leader and former prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry. He made the comment in a statement issued yesterday in the wake of news of Prof Brij Vilash Lal’s death in Brisbane, […]

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My tribute to Desmond Mpilo Tutu

He was dimunitive – quite affable – oftentimes quite rumbunctious, but he was never boring – never. I had the distinct honour and privilege to have met the “Arch”, together with the Reverend Frank Chikane and the Reverend Beyers Naude, while being a student at the University of the Western-Cape, during the turbulent days of […]

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Miss Universe: The Planet and our Borders

When the 21-year-old Harnaaz Sandhu from the Punjab was crowned Miss Universe, India rejoiced. And why not? When she did her cat impression, they laughed. When she said: “Never compromise on your hobby because that could lead to your dream career” they nodded sagely. There she was with her sash emblazoned with ‘Miss India’ -a […]

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Is the war on “drugs” a war on society?

Civilisation & Drugs-The Hidden Truth   For most, the notion of psychedelics brings to mind Goa in the 1970s or the Beatles sitting crossed legged, beads in hand exploring the yellow submarine of sorts. However despite the propaganda of the notion of left field hippies, there is a growing movement of change that is dispelling […]

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A room with 3 walls and an interesting Swing – Ladera Hotel the beauty of St Lucia

Driving through winding forests, coast lines, and villages en route to an iconic resort, on bucket lists across the globe, our hearts were  beating  faster  the  further  south  we  ventured.  From  the  international  airport,  the resort isn’t far, but coming from the north of the island, the trek seemed like the perfect  journey  to  a  […]

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The Charm of the St Lucia

  There is something about St Lucia, a particular Eastern Caribbean Charm. The island has admittedly terrible roads, it’s missing signs and directions, yet no matter where  you’re  heading  it’s  lush , beautiful and culturally immersive.  The capital city isn’t  overly  enticing  though  during  carnival  it  feels  as  though  all  the  energy  in  the  world  […]

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Priti Patel could be extradited to India under Law

  Priti Patel is cock-a-hoop. Her controversial Nationality and Borders Bill has been passed by Parliament. The Nationality and Borders Bill raise questions about what it means to be a “British subject” in the 21st Century. Because the stark reality is If you fall into the “wrong” category, you or your kin could be repatriated […]

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Naila Amin: Naila Amin, a Child Marriage Survivor

Child Bride: Naila Amin At just 15, Naila Amin was a just a schoolgirl. Yet she had already been engaged for eight years to a man 13 years her senior. What is more, she had taken part in two Islamic religious marriage ceremonies, both against her will. Engaged at 8. Married at 15   In […]

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Former President of Guyana Donald Ramotar Launches scathing attack on Anti-Jaganism

It was with a great deal of sadness that I read Ramharack’s lengthy article in the “Stabroek News” of November 28, 2021 headlined “Re-imagining Cheddi Jagan: Cultural Moorings and Political Recklessness”: https://www.stabroeknews.com/2021/11/30/opinion/letters/we-have-found-other-beliefs-which-work-for-us/ The author is a well-known anti-Jaganist, one of those middle-class Indians who hates Jagan’s pro-working class politics. First of all, he, like so many […]

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Child Marriage: The Awful Truth

Child marriage murders innocence. To be married as a child effectively brings childhood to an end. And it robs a girl of the education to which she should be entitled, it forces her to deal with the trials of adulthood before she is ready and breaks most of her human rights. In short, the scourge […]

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CHANGE THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ORDER TO SAVE OUR PLANET

Beginning from October 29, world leaders will assemble in Scotland to discuss one of the most important global problems that face every person, which is the question of Climate Change. This issue is so important that it can spell the end of life as we know it on earth and therefore demands more than talk […]

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RECIPE FOR DISASTER – POVERTY, HISTORIC WOUNDS, AND A POLITICAL IGNITION?

Never did it cross my mind that my home and people would need to be protected in the manner which has been required over the last week. The sense of survival and fear mixed with adrenaline was the combination felt by many citizens in the KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng provinces of South Africa. It was […]

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LEAVE, CONVERT OR PERISH: THE FATE OF AFGHANISTAN’S MINORITIES

by Hardeep Singh | First published in The Spectator | President Biden’s decision to ‘end the war in Afghanistan’ means the complete withdrawal of 3,500 US troops by the 20th anniversary of 9/11. However, what may be domestically popular — particularly among Trump voters — will soon have consequences for the Afghans left unguarded by […]

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ZUMA’S ARREST: NO CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION, BUT FOR INTROSPECTION

*The mandamus of our constitutional court must hold* The circus that was ended in a rather tame end – Jacob Zuma meekly handing himself in to the South African Police Services for incarceration. While the country was on the brink of violence in the last week, as intimated by his supporters, we cannot seek pleasure […]

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THE STORY OF INDIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA IS MORE THAN JUST GANDHI

Every so often humanity is tempted to bend the arc of history, only so that the mistakes of the past are meant never to be repeated. On November 16, 1860, a ship carrying 342 indentured Indians arrived in South Africa, and this arrival marked the beginning of a long but tortuous and painful journey in […]

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DISCRIMINATORY RE-ENTRY BAN SCARS INDIAN MIGRANTS’ LOVE FOR JAPAN

It has been a distressing year-and-a-half for Neha since she moved to Japan from India in January 2020. Her 6-year-old daughter and husband were supposed to follow her a couple of months later. But since then, she has been waiting desperately for them to join her. “In the beginning I was really excited because I […]

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INDIANNESS AND A SENSE OF GLOBAL COMMITMENT- SOUTH AFRICA AND THE EFF

I dare say again, our duty of Indianness must go beyond the tricoloured flag of India.  Unlike structured religions where Pope-like figures lead congregations, as people of Indian origin we are led by the laws of the lands we now reside in and equally, need to place as much love and attention to our fellow […]

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JULIUS MALEMA – THE SOUTH AFRICAN VERSION OF “IDI AMIN” – WE SHALL NOT YIELD!

Julius Malema, who believes he is a law unto himself, and one that the writer considers to be an absolute racist at heart, is skating on thin ice. At a press conference, the swaggering Malema unleashes a tirade against “Indian” South Africans, claiming that there is an “Indian cabal that is taking strategic positions in […]

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CONVERSION THERAPY – A GLOBAL ISSUE

Conversion therapy is the practice of attempting to treat, correct or cure sexual orientation or gender identity. Primarily used against homosexuals during the 20th century, it has a long-lasting legacy across the globe. One of the main reasons for this is colonialism. Western understandings of same-sex sexuality as a sin, crime or disease were imported […]

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THE ILLUSTRIOUS DRAGON FRUIT OF TRINIDAD

Richard Cantillon (1680-1734) – the world’s first economic theorist – brought the role of the entrepreneur to the attention of scholars. He viewed the entrepreneur as one who bears the risk of establishing a creative enterprise by covering the start-up cost and carrying out production before market demand and price are known. Entrepreneurial Indo-Trinidadian Anand […]

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H.E HON GUY JOSEPH AND MR HAROON SACRANIE JOIN THE MOVEMENT

The Global Indian series expands to St Lucia and Malawi making it one of the world’s fastest-growing encyclopedias of people of Indian origin. On behalf of our team at the Global Indian Series, it is my deep pleasure to announce the joining of H.E Hon Guy Joseph, Minister of Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport […]

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WHEN THE INNOCENT GET CAUGHT

*The madness and futility of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict* Wars serve no purpose – they destroy humanity – they exacerbate human suffering to extreme levels of intolerability. Wilfred Owen, in his 1918 poem, “Futility”, exemplifies what a wasteful by-product war has become of man’s inhumanity to man. The raging Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a heresy and must […]

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THE TRAGEDY OF PALESTINE

On Monday May 10, clashes between Palestinians and Israelis erupted once again. The reason for the clashes this time was due to the fact that the Israeli regime have moved to expel Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem to make way for new Israeli settlers. They are people who were not just born in […]

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AN APPEAL TO THE PRESIDENT OF MALAWI AND THE LEADERS OF INDUSTRY.

I for one have noted with great disdain on how some people due to ignorance and lack of knowledge are going astray to the extent of becoming paupers and enemies of progress. The majority of Malawians need a total mindset overhaul.  We are used to average levity, poverty-infused development, and living below the poverty line […]

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LEARNING TO LOVE – IDENTITY OF BLM

My daughter Larra wrote this – at the time she was 6. She entered a literary competition for Black Lives Matter. She did not make it into the finals, but for me, the theme and how it was tackled by her could be a lesson that we can all learn from our children. It looks […]

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COVID AND A FORCE FOR CHANGE

“I have just lost my mother to Covid -19 and my father is in ICU and he doesn’t look good.” “I am the only son and I have four sisters. My family are very poor and the responsibility of running the house sits with me. Last month I had Covid and I was sacked from […]

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WHY SIKHS ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE INDIANAPOLIS MASS SHOOTING

by Hardeep Singh | First published in The Spectator Last week, the New York Times mapped the location and number of casualties of mass shootings that have occurred on US soil in 2021. It’s a ‘partial’ list, but remarkable, nevertheless. March alone saw the senseless killing of ten people in Colorado, four in California, eight in Atlanta, […]

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Dr Mohan Kaul joins the Global Indian Ambassadors

Press Release: On behalf of the Global Indian, it is a pleasure to announce the joining of Dr Mohan Kaul to our Global Indian Ambassadors program. Dr Kaul brings over 30 years dedicated international experience.  From setting up the Commonwealth Business Council through to hosting over 50 high-level initiatives and forums involving heads of government, […]

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OPTOMETRY AND ART – A PASSION IN BOTH WORLDS

Following my passion for a portfolio career combining optometry and art – By Tej Kahlon “You’ll never make it in this competitive industry. You’re brown and you’re a girl. Anyway, no-one wants real paintings anymore because computers can generate images from photos. My best advice is to look at other careers.” The above words are […]

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CHOOSE ART

by Blandine Martin for the Global Indian Personally, when asked what Art means to me especially in a Global Indian context, I must confess as a practicing contemporary artist, I do struggle on how to answer the question in a way that would give justice to my truth.  Art to me is not just a […]

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A plunge of the heartstrings

I was asked recently in an interview why I set up the Global Indian Series and what it means to my personal experience. It was both thought-provoking as well as illuminating to myself to actively deep-dive into my 58 country journeys so far and more than a decade long of experience of making friendships in […]

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THE ORIGINAL REFUGEE

My name is Alpesh Patel and when my family and I were told that we had to leave the country with nothing but the clothes on our backs, the news hit us like a brick wall. Never would we have thought this could have happened to us, of all people, but the reality was that […]

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Dreams and Immigration Guilt

Many of the global indian diaspora is dispersed through immigration. We are everywhere! Our parents and grandparents often tell stories of how they arrived in the country with nothing but a few pounds and a dream. We often laugh at this exaggerated statement but when we stop and realise the sacrifices they made, we are […]

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The cultural experience of loneliness – why South Asians need to take heed during the Coronavirus pandemic

Loneliness is an worldwide public health matter. This means many people across the globe have felt a lack of social connectedness for years. South Asian mental health is a concern for many health and social care services in countries across the world. Key factors here are stigma preventing help-seeking behaviours in brown people, isolated elderly […]

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Our journey in 2020 with Rajan Nazran

A special thank you to our growing Global Indian Family. In a year when identity politics divided nations, we stood together. In solidarity for something far greater.In a year where we were forced to stay apart, we connected the globe.In a year that, the mainstream media chose virtue signaling. We decided on the power of […]

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JUST FOR A MOMENT LAST NIGHT, TIME STOOD STILL

The ushering in of a Global Indian 2021 seemed so extraordinary – surreal in fact. No family and friends mingling, no hugs and handshakes for the neighbours – for the very first time in my life, and I suspect for countless others, the dawning of the new year could not have been so different as […]

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IS IT MY INDIANISM, MY INDIANNESS OR JUST ME BEING INDIAN THAT I AM PROUD OF?

The colonial importation of Indian citizens from the sub-continent to South Africa in 1860 entrenched a historical perspective  that runs very deep into the veins of a country whose own history has ebbed and flowed in ways we least imagined. The prime objective of this importation was not simply a migration but a decidedly egregious […]

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Indian Indenture in the Centre of World History:

The East India Company, de-industrialisation, Opium Wars, and the Global Decolonisation Movement Dr. Kirk Meighoo ABSTRACT This article will place Indian indentureship in its wider historical context as part of the historically central, long plunder of India by outside forces, and not simply an isolated, peripheral occurrence related to the end of slavery. This gives […]

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In the era of Covid have we lost our minds?

In this world where a pandemic is not discriminating who it attacks, we have for centuries been living with a pandemic that has touched every single person in the world in every era and has never been given the respect and healing it deserves. This is the pandemic that is mental health illness. Everyone of […]

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“This is not India” Muzi Hlengwa and the danger of identity politics in SA

By Global Indian Correspondent – Narendh Ganesh South Africa “THIS IS NOT INDIA” – You are very observant and geographically clued-up, Muzi Hlengwa – Sadly you are not very bright!* The article in the *POST*(December 2-6), “This is not India, Newlands residents told”, refers. The confrontation between residents of Newlands and Muzi Hlengwa, leader of […]

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Brainless beliefs and facts of reality – can we live in a world where both can co-exist, please?

Divya Nazran takes a second look at social constructs within the South Asian community, and provides a challenging view on beliefs v reality

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Human smuggling in South Africa

Human Smuggling is a major problem and South Africa has been identified as a Source, Destination and Transit country. This article reveals how SA passports have been obtained and dangerously used.

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East Africa and the need for a new narrative- Uganda

It was the community stories of the Ugandan Asians who arrived as refugees that captured everyone’s attention. It was a turning point in our collective view on how we were perceived and the dangers that lurked.

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Curry Goat as a Metaphor for the Indian/Jamaican Future

As Curry Goat is quite easily and readily seen as both Jamaican and Indian, so too must Jamaican identity itself be seen. An in-depth discussion by Dr Kirk Meighoo

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Lest we forget. The Coolie Odyssey

Rajesh Gopie delves into the question of identity, indenture and the need to understand more about our joint experiences

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Trapped Indian workers struggle to find way back home

Lebanon’s migrant workers left in limbo during worst economic crisis in decades

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DRUGS | CRIME ACTONVILLE – SOUTH AFRICA

The local and cluster police including a Major General Subbiah, a person of Indian origin that professes the Hindu faith were informed of this man’s illegal activities and they did not take any measures to arrest him.

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MEETING THE ACADEMIC DISRUPTOR

Daniel takes me for a tour of the “real world” driven university grounds and leads me through a remarkable journey where I witness images that are more in keeping with the tech halls of Google than something I would consider to be your stereotypical university.

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Building Europe’s California

Sitting with Chitra (Chitra Stern Nee Rathinasabapathy ) is nothing short of a  soulful experience. She is universal in her  mindset whilst being deeply rooted to her  own unique Indian-ness and simultaneously  challenges any notion of stereotypical  identity. If there were ever a Jason Bourne  of the Indian world she would be it. With  her colourful […]

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Ending Identity Politics-guyana

Guyana racism and injustice – Guyana is often described as the  land of six people. Indo Guyanese  make up the majority of the population  and our legacy started from  over 180 years ago as we arrived  from India as bonded labor for the  sugar estates after the emancipation  of African slaves by the British. Our  country […]

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A different kind of superpower

Sadhguru Isha foundation – Global Indian Perspective JRD Tata, whose family is among those  responsible for building the basic foundations  for Indian industry, was once asked  if he wanted India to become an economic  superpower. He replied, “No, I do not  want India to be an economic superpower.  I want India to be a happy country.”  The […]

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The Self Indulgence

Discovering the fountain of youth in St Lucia For the person who wants the most out of life, whose calendar reads more like a novel than a schedule, whose body feels more like a rusty tava than a temple, The Body Holiday is the closest thing to the fountain of youth you will ever encounter. […]

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Globalization brings choice

As we move towards the third  decade of the 21st century,  it is undeniable that India  is a major international financial  and corporate powerhouse. Indian  capital and corporate capability are  major influences on global business.  With this dynamic comes choice  for Indians, and a major reversal  of the recent historical experience.  Many of the historical […]

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Perspectives with K. Nandini Singla, Indian Ambassador to Portugal

India-Portugal relations are anchored in  over half-a-millennium of history. It’s a  relationship of culture, language, deep  kinship, art, architecture, gastronomy,  music – sublime, intangible things that    connect peoples’ hearts and minds irrevocably. The Prime Minister of Portugal    H.E. Antonio Costa, (Overseas Citizen of    India), epitomizes this profound connection in many ways. The diplomatic ties    established […]

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National Reserve of India

India is the only country that has an  official acronym for its expatriates-  NRIs or “Non-Resident Indians”.  In my book, India: From Midnight  to Millennium I had suggested, only  half-jokingly, that the question is  whether NRI should stand for ‘Not  Really Indian’ or, instead, ‘Never  Relinquished India’. But in reality,  given the remarkable achievements  of […]

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Finding my roots

A true life story of determination and the voyage of identity My names is Adinda and i now live in Portugal, however, I was born in Mumbai. When I was only 8 months old, I was adopted to a wonderful family in Belgium. However at those times, the administration process was not as good and […]

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Pastéis de Nata the secret recipe

By Rajan Nazran – Journey to Portugal For me this should be a daily pilgrimage for any self-respecting foodie who visits Lisbon.  It’s orgasmic to the taste buds and provides that perfect balance of crisp crunch and the moist high rich texture of cream and cinnamon. Yes as you can tell I absolutely love this […]

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Why you should travel solo

By Fellow traveller Neha Bhatia I was going through a rough patch in my life, my marriage of 2 years was falling apart, and I was separated and living alone in Delhi, India. It’s difficult taking this stand, where I come from. My parents were my biggest strength, their support for my decision gave me […]

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Journey to Ethiopia

Field notes: Welcome to this ancient country that boasts a unique cultural heritage, rich history, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a pluralistic society.   It is a country where you can get easily lost within its skin as its home to the fourth holiest Islamic city, medieval rock churches, the world famous Simien and Bale […]

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ST Kitts and Nevis with India

As the Prime Minister of a Caribbean country for 20 years, I have seen first hand the highly significant role that the global Indian community has played across the Caribbean, and its contributions to both the social and business life our region.

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Defining a nation (Portugal)- Real estate, Art and a Global Indian Perspective

Defining a nation (Portugal)- Real estate, Art and a Global Indian Perspective

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IBC and real estate development for the Global Indian – JONEL F.H. POWELL – Grant Powell and Co

st. KITTS AND NEVIS IS THE FINANCIAL HUB of the Eastern Caribbean, being home to the region’s major financial institutions and enjoys full membership in the OECS, CARICOM, the OAS, the British Commonwealth and the United Nations. It is here that law firm Grant, Powell & Co. has evolved through a succession of firms dating […]

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Study in Europe – Indian Students in Malta

Supported by the University of Malta – With over 400 years of history,  we are the leading and most prestigous  higher education institution in  Malta. For all these years, University  of Malta (UM) has been the hub for  international academic exchange on  the island.  We seek to carry out academic research  and provide a vibrant […]

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Gold standard Due diligence – protecting Globally minded Indians – Jonathan Cardona, CEO

Professionals within the citizenship by investment industry know too well that they carry a lot of responsibility on their shoulders.  Agents have to make sure that they do their own due diligence on the applicants to guarantee that they only put forward reputable individuals,  whilst countries have to put monetary interests aside and seek  the […]

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Malta IIP and the Global Indian

In a conversation with CEO MIIP:  Jonathan Cardona Malta is one of the fastest-growing and importantly, one of the most stable European economies, presenting virtually zero unemployment, business growth and lifestyle opportunities that many, from afar, strive and dream to achieve.  One might ask, what’s the trick.  How come this little-known tiny island in Europe […]

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Global Mobility Indian Perspective – Atef El Kadi, Managing Director

Global mobility is not a newly-  introduced trend but it has significantly increased over the years. For decades, many successful Indian business stories involved global mobility, with the likes of Jamsetji Tata who travelled extensively in the 1900s while starting what is known today as the Tata  Empire. The 1990s witnessed a series of major […]

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Joseph Gauci- Partner KSI Malta – Malta offers huge business opportunities for India

With its liberal trade policies and low tax regime, Malta has huge trade opportunities to offer India,  especially in the manufacturing,  pharmaceuticals, logistics, energy and financial services.  Business between the two countries has historical significance as both are former colonies and trade between the two countries started back in 1887, when some Indian merchants transferred […]

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Bernard Charles Gauci Gauci – Partner – International Clients – What are the Malta Residency schemes available for Indian Nationals?

Malta offers a range of  residency and  citizenship  schemes that  has made it a  popular – This articles looks at residency options available for Indian nationals in the EU – Malta The Individual Investor  Programme(IIP) The Individual Investor Programme  (IIP) leads to citizenship  of Malta, and is aimed at foreign  individuals, who contribute to the  […]

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Living in an EU Island in the Mediterranean Sea- Part of the Global Indian guide to Citizenship Malta

Living in an EU Island in the Mediterranean Sea- Part of the Global Indian guide to life in Malta

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SOCIAL COHESION AND THE POWER OF KABADDI – UK

By Rajan Nazran and a special thank you to West Midlands Kabaddi I was born in Handsworth, Birmingham in the early 80’s and whether for the good or bad, the area has changed dramatically. Since leaving and travelling the globe with my work, I have always had a sentimental affiliation with my place of birth. […]

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The Wanderlust Lifestyle

Meet the Samrow Family – Portugal By Depinder Samrow Born to a father working in the Ministry ofForeign Affairs and without a permanentaddress or office, had its perks. The biggestwas getting a stature of “ World Citizen”.When I was five years old, my voyage intoforeign lands began, starting with Cairo,Egypt. After living there for 4 […]

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Indianness, Identity and the BBC’s ”Modi Question”. Perspectives with Dr Vivek Kaul

The Modi Question –
 
Protests echoed across London this week. Over 500 individuals took to the streets to condemn the controversial BBC documentary (The Modi Question), with chants of defunding the platform and allegations that it is “anti-India, an…

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