From the Great Wall in China, Petra in Jordan, Taj Mahal in India to the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, Asia is impressively beautiful. Spectacular temples, majestic mountains, magnificent beaches, Bollywood, blossom trees, tigers and pandas, street food, volcanoes, skyscrapers and…Indians!
It comes as no surprise that the largest continent in the world has Indian diaspora everywhere, not least because it is home to the mother land! Over 7 million people of Indian origin alone live in the six Gulf Cooperation Countries nations – Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain. On the Indian subcontinent, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are home to many of Indian origin. South and South East Asia have had a significant Indian influence over centuries and many live in Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, North Korea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and Thailand. There are sizeable communities in Afghanistan, Armenia, Cyprus, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen and very few, (but still there!), in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Southeast Asia was under the Indian sphere of cultural influence thousands of years ago when Hindu-Buddhist influence was absorbed by politics, establishing trade, cultural and political relations with these countries. Many of the Gulf countries have had long established economic and political relations with Indian which continued under British India administration. It seems for most, that a natural progression from faith led to many calling other parts of Asia home.
Join us as we discover, celebrate and learn more about who we have become. Our Global Indian Asia journey has begun.


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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 […]


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 […]


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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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 […]


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 […]


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”: This in effect meant a ban on the hijab. The whole affair raises many […]


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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