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    Negotiating identity in the diaspora: the role of South Asian youth organizations
    ( 2021-01-01) Sahoo, Ajaya K. ; Shome, Anindita
    One of the significant ways through which the youth manifest their solidarities and identities in the diaspora is the creation of youth organisations. These organisations although occupy a physical space, transcend borders and forge connections and networks with the homeland and other co-diasporics living across the world. With the example of four South Asian youth organisations and their activities in the United States, this article tries to examine how these organisations reinforce the youth identities by forming virtual networks based on single or multiple affiliations. Use of the social media by these youth organisations–whether sharing information about various socio-cultural and educational events in the Facebook or using the online hashtag in Twitter to raise awareness and mobilisation on subtle issues or creating blogs on various innovative projects and connecting them with their official webpages–is one of the important hallmarks that distinguish them from the traditional diasporic youth organisations.
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    Introduction: Asian diaspora and development
    ( 2021-03-31) Sahoo, Ajaya K.
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    The journey of the Komagata Maru: national, transnational, diasporic
    ( 2016-07-02) Roy, Anjali Gera ; Sahoo, Ajaya K.
    More than a hundred years ago, a Japanese ship called Komagata Maru chartered by Gurdit Singh, a prosperous entrepreneur based in Singapore, carrying 376 Punjabi passengers - largely Sikhs but also some Hindus and Muslims - from Hong Kong was not permitted to land in Vancouver on grounds of a stipulation about a continuous journey from the port of departure and forced to return to Budge Budge near Kolkata where the passengers were fired at, detained or kept under surveillance for years. The Komagata Maru has become the site for the contestation over discriminatory policies regulating South Asian migrations to Canada. While the passengers perceived it as a violent instance of the suppression of the freedom and rights of the loyal subjects of the British Empire, the colonial administration justified its action alleging that seditious activities were being carried out on the chartered ship. The resurrection of the Komagata Maru's tragic journey in Canadian and Indian national memories foregrounds a number of key contemporary debates related to memory and history; imperialism and resistance; racism, exclusion and inclusion; nation and citizenship; mobilities and immobilities; and emigration and diasporas.
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    Telugu emigrants in the Gulf
    ( 2019-10-10) Goud, Trilok Chandan ; Sahoo, Ajaya Kumar
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    Indian transnationalism online: New perspectives on diaspora
    ( 2016-05-23) Sahoo, Ajaya Kumar ; De Kruijf, Johannes G.
    Present-day migration takes place in a world characterized by the compression of time and space, with cheaper air travel and the existence of new communication technologies - the internet in particular - making it easier to stay in contact with the places, people and cultures that one has left. This book investigates the online organization of, and exchanges within, the global Indian diaspora. Bringing together research from around the world and presenting studies drawn from the US, Europe and India, it engages with theoretical and methodological debates concerning the shaping and transformation of migrant culture in emerging sites of sociality, and explores issues such as religion, citizenship, nationalism, region and caste as they relate to Indian identity in global, transnational contexts. With detailed empirical case studies showing both how members of the Indian diaspora connect with one other and ‘life at home’ and how institutions in India maintain such links, Indian Transnationalism Online sheds light on the ways in which information and communication technology functions as both a catalyst and indicator of contemporary socio-cultural change. As such it will be of interest to sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists and studies of cultural studies working in the areas of migration, transnationalism and ethnic studies.