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International Seminar
‘India and its Diaspora: A Comparative Perspective’
Date: 29-30 March 2013
Venue: Conference Hall II, India International Centre
Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi
                                          FRIDAY, 29TH March 2013
09:00 AM - 09:20 AM:          REGISTRATION
09:30 AM - 10:15 AM:          INAUGURAL SESSION
10:15 AM – 11:45 AM:          TECHNICAL SESSION 1
Theme – Contingencies and Differences in India’s Diaspora policies
Chair: Prof. Varun Sahni
Ambassador Paramjit Sahai
Principal Advisor
Chandigarh, India
India’s engagement with Diaspora: Government communication, platforms and structures
Molly Banerjei
TV Journalist
 CWM Media
Toronto,  Canada
Identification and solutions of problems afflicting India’s relationship with its Diaspora
Dr. Anita Kiamba
Faculty member
Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies,
University of Nairobi, Kenya
The role of Indian Diaspora in policy formulation and articulation
 Discussant/Commentator: Ambassador Dayakar
11:45 AM – 12:00:            TEA
12:00         – 01:30 PM:     TECHNICAL SESSION 2
Theme – Diaspora as a Resource
Chair: Ambassador Dayakar
Dr. Amba Pande
Faculty member
School of International Studies,
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi., India
Role of Diaspora in the evolution of India’s IT industry
Dr. Amit Singh
Associate Fellow
National Maritime Foundation
New Delhi, India
Indian Diaspora as a factor in India Malaysia relations
Paokholal Haokip
Assistant Professor  
Department of History
School of Social Sciences &
International Studies,
Pondicherry Central University, India
Indian Diaspora in the West Indian Ocean island: A potential resource for development
Prof. Makumi Mwagiru
Institute of Diplomacy and
International Studies,
University of Nairobi, Kenya
Diaspora as social reproduction: Leveraging Diasporas for regional integration in East Africa
Discussant/Commentator: Dr. Pranav Kumar
01:30 PM – 02:15 PM:          LUNCH BREAK
02:15 PM – 03:45 PM:          TECHNICAL SESSION 3
Theme – Diaspora and Gender
Chair: Ms Charu Walikhanna
Dr. Nandini C. Sen
Associate Professor
Cluster Innovation Centre
University of Delhi, New Delhi
Gender, Nation and the Female Body: A Study of Jhumpa Lahiri’s Namesake
Dr. Kamini Krishna
Faculty member
Department of History
School of Social Science
University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia
Women of Indian descent migrated to South Africa and Zambia: A survey of their Contribution to new homes
Sital Baa
Research Scholar
School of Social science
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi, India
Gender and Diaspora: Cultural Reproduction and the Reconstruction of identities through cinema
Discussant/Commentator: Dr. Amba Pande
03:45 PM - 04:00 PM:          TEA BREAK
04:00 PM – 05:30 PM:          TECHNICAL SESSION 4
Theme - Indian Diaspora: Comparative Analysis
Chair: Prof. Anand Singh
Prof. Karen L.Harris
Department of Historical and Heritage Studies,University of Pretoria
Pretoria, South Africa
Indentured ‘coolie’ labour in South Africa: The Indian and Chinese schemes in comparative perspective
Dr. Manish Karmwar
Assistant Professor
University of Delhi, India
Africa and its diaspora in Asia: An Indian Perspective
Dr. Bijay Ketan Pratihari
Faculty member,
Academy of International Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia
New Delhi, India
African Union and its Diaspora Policy: A Comparison with India
Dr. Nirmala Gopal
Faculty member
University of Kwazulu Natal
Durban, South Africa
[RE] Negotiating Religious Identity in Post-Apartheid South Africa- Comparing view of two generations in the Indian Diaspora of South Africa
Discussant/Commentator: Prof. S. N. Malakr
05:30 PM – 06:00 PM:          RAPPORTEUR’S REPORT
                                                 Prof. Pranav Kumar
                                                 Sushmita Rajwar
                                    SATURDAY, 30TH March 2013
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM:          TECHNICAL SESSION 5
Theme – Indian Diaspora in Eastern and Central Africa
Chair: Prof. S. N. Malakar
Ruchi Verma
School of International Studies
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi, India
Indian Diaspora as a heritage resource between Indo- Africa relations: A case study of Kenya and Tanzania
Dr. Sophia Thubauville
c/o Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Grueneburgplatz,  Frankfurt, Germany
Indian Diaspora in Ethiopia: An examination of Gender Divide amongst highly skilled overseas Indians
Richard Agbor Ayukndang
Senior Lecturer
Department of History
University of Buea
South West Cameroon
Interacting with the Diaspora: Government communication, platforms and strategies. A neglected ingredient for development: The West African Case of Cameroon
Dr. Nivedita Ray
Research Fellow
Indian Council of World Affairs
New Delhi, India
India-Africa harnessing Diaspora resource
Dinesh Vaishnav
Executive Secretary
Tanzania Asian Development Association
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Experiences and Challenges of Indian Diaspora in Tanzania
Discussant/Commentator: Prof. Aparajita Biswas
11:30 AM – 11:45 AM:          TEA BREAK
11:45 AM – 01:15 PM:          TECHNICAL SESSION 6
Theme – Indian Diaspora in Southern Africa
Chair: Prof. Aparajita Biswas
Goolam Vahed
Department of Historical Studies
University of KwaZulu Natal.
South Africa
“Special Bond” or “Unholy Alliance”: The Post-Apartheid relationship between India and South Africa on the cricketing field and beyond
Prof. Anand Singh
Faculty member
Department of Anthropology
University of KwaZulu Natal
Durban, South Africa
Against the tide of ‘Justifiable Discrimination’: Re-engineering identity and options among minority (Indian) medical graduates in South Africa
Philip Li Ching Hum
Academic coordinator,
Organisation for Diaspora Initiatives, Mauritius
Indian Diaspora beyond the Kalapani
Dr. Vidhan Pathak
Assistant Professor
University of Mumbai. Mumbai
Contributions and emerging role of South African Indians in strengthening India’s South Africa relation
Bobby Luthra Sinha,
Basel University, Switzerland
Social Movements of the Indian Diaspora in South Africa and the implications for India: Connecting ‘Home’ with ‘Homeland’?
Discussant/Commentator: Prof. Vanita Ray
01:15 PM – 02:00 PM:          LUNCH BREAK
02:00 PM – 03:30 PM:          TECHNICAL SESSION 7
Theme – India and its Diaspora in Asia
Chair – Prof. M. M. Kaul
Dr. Mahalingam M
Research Fellow
Centre For Policy Analysis
New Delhi, India
Racism and Resistance: The case of Indian Hindu Diaspora in Malaysia
Dr. Saroj Kumar Rath
Research Associate
Graduate School of Law
Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan
Indians in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Disminishing and Endangered
Dr Shinder Singh Thandi
Faculty member
Coventry University, UK
The Punjab Paradox: Understanding the failure of Diaspora Engagement
Dr. Chhaya Goswami
Research Fellow,
University of Warwick,
Canvassing the Distinctive Features of the Diaspora of the Kachchhi Mercantile Communities: Nineteenth Century Kachchh, Muscat and Zanzibar
Dr. Chuah Guat Eng
University of Malaysia,
 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The art of fiction: Indian Diaspora’s Gift to Malaysian fiction-writing descendants of other Diasporas
Discussant/Commentator – Prof. J. Moosa
03:30 PM - 03:45 PM:          TEA BREAK
03:45 PM – 05:15 PM:          TECHNICAL SESSION 8
Theme – Indian Diaspora  in Europe,  North America  and the Caribbean
Chair – Goolam Vahed
Dr. Sheetal Sharma
Faculty member
Centre for European Studies,
School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi, India
Issues and Challenges of Integrating the ‘others’: A study of Diaspora communities in Europe
Dr. Sunil K. Choudhary
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science,
University of Delhi , Delhi, India
Political Colonization of Multi-Ethnic Britain: A Study of Indian Diaspora
Dr. Vivek Kumar
Associate Professor
Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences,
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi, India
Different Shades of Castes among Indians in US
Prof. Varun Sahni
Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament
School of International Relations
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi, India
Servitude, Survival and Success of Indo- Caribbeans: Indian Responses
Discussant/Commentator – Prof. P. C. Jain
05:15 PM – 06:30 PM:          VALEDICTORY SPEECH AND RAPPORTEUR’S REPORT                               
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