PIO

The Government of India's effort at global inclusiveness gave us this acronym for Persons of Indian Origin. Exactly who is entitled to this appelation is not entirely clear, but some Indian ancestry seems to be required. But not even that, I suspect. Nevertheless, many people can and do claim PIO status for what its worth.

Three Essays Collective's latest book is a study of migrants from India. Specifically on the diaspora in Malaysia in comparison to those in the Caribbean and Australia and Fiji. INDIAN TRANSMIGRANTS: Malaysian and Comparative Essays is by Ravindra K Jain, National Fellow, Indian Council of Social Science Research, whose "empirical studies in this book radiate from the vicissitudes of migrants from India to Malaysia on to those in the Caribbean and further on to Australia. Given the range, intensity and magnitude of contemporary transnational migrations, it seems entirely appropriate to designate this ‘world on the move’ as comprising, from our point of view, of Indian transmigrants. The movement and global adaptations of this population are spread beyond single home and host societies to multiple locales both vertically and horizontally. The spectrum of globalization in our times necessitates comparisons over still larger territories; therefore, while focusing on particular Indian transmigrants, East and West, Jain’s perspectival vision encompasses the entire field of modern Indian diaspora.

As a pioneering and singularly wide-ranging narrative of the diaspora, based primarily on the author’s fieldwork, this book unravels facets of socio-cultural pluralism, hybridization, ethnic movements, politico-economic mobility and global modernity over a vast territory. The rich ethnographic detail is interleaved throughout with acute analysis and interpretation. The methodology adopted here invites comparisons over a still wider terrain and is therefore of immense relevance to all students of globalization, international migration, socio-cultural transformation and political economy in the new millennium, with special reference to the Asia-Pacific region."

Jain was educated at Lucknow University and the Australian National University, Canberra, and taught social anthropology and sociology at Oxford (1966-74) and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (1975-2002) besides holding research and teaching positions in many other parts of the world.

Along with other TEC titles, in hardcover, 242 pages, Rs. 550, ISBN:9788188789733

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