The Indian diaspora in Africa: the commodification of Hindu Rashtra

Renu Modi, Ian Taylor

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A new approach to India's diaspora has taken place within the wider context of the adoption, in 1991, of a neoliberal economic policy framework. In recent years, Indian private business enterprises have led the way in Africa and this has had an important impact on the state's conceptualization of the diaspora. New Delhi's elites actively seek to embrace an objectified 'globalization' as a means to benefit powerful externally oriented fractions and the diaspora's value is measured in its contribution to this project. There has been a determined attempt to commodify the diaspora to serve particular Indian economic interests. However, the current government's Hindu chauvinism makes the very question of what constitutes a genuine Indian rather narrow. Two factors thus dominate current policy: commodification and categorization. The diaspora in South Africa is discussed as an example where these dynamics can be acutely observed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)911-929
Number of pages19
Issue number6
Early online date28 Feb 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • India
  • Diaspora
  • Neoliberalism
  • South Africa
  • BJP
  • Africa


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