Asia

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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THE HISTORY OF INDIANNESS | THE SUGAR WAR

Today marks the second voyage of the History of Indianness.  In this episode we look back at the almost forgotten world of Indentureship and the silent war that was Sugar. With painstaking research, we bring together a formidable group of historians, for…

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