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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ASIAN PARENTING – FROM SPANKING TO CONSCIOUS PARENTING

I was shopping at a wet market in Singapore, when my 3-year-old son Ishaan, pointed towards something and said “Mama, can I buy this please?” he was holding a long stick with a loop at an end. He had found it next to the cashier, at a very prominent place for a fresh vegetable shop. […]

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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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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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Trapped Indian workers struggle to find way back home

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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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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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STORIES I MUST TELL WITH THE LEGENDARY KABIR BEDI | MADE IN INDIA

In today’s episode, Rajan travels to India to meet internationally renowned actor Kabir Bedi, whose career not only spans five decades but also three continents, three languages, three mediums and whose life has been as exciting as his reels! From Knight…

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