India’s 25 million Diaspora is India’s pride. People of Indian origin living in countries across the globe have enriched their adopted countries in diverse fields. You have made a name for yourselves in public life, economics, industry, business and trade, music and film, medicine, science, space and technology, academics and the culinary arts. Your contributions have earned you both recognition and respect. In many countries you count among the richest and influential families.
While many of you have taken on the nationality and citizenship of the countries you are living in, your bonds with your motherland remain strong. You rejoice when India wins a cricket match; Bollywood and the Indian cultural scene continue to figure prominently in may of your lives; many of you bring their children to India for marriages, to seek spouses and for other family events; the entrenched democratic process in India remains a source of pride as does the global endorsement of India as a liberal, secular, responsible partner for the world community.
The communications revolution, the Internet, Facebook, Twitter have enabled instant communications, making it possible for those in India and people of Indian origin living abroad to follow closely India’s economic resurgence. Many of you have returned to use their knowledge and skills for strengthening India’s developmental process.
As new generations of people of Indian origin come of age in different countries and the demographics in India too change with a far more globally aware young population coming to the forefront in different fields, it is imperative that the connections between India and its Diaspora are deepened and new bonds established. It is with this objective that we have decided to start a global Indian Diaspora umbrella portal, www.theindiandiaspora.com, to a) create the first-ever Database of the Indian Diaspora and its associations/bodies and, b) facilitate regular exchange of information and news.
The endeavor is an offering what we envision to be the most ambitious, unique and comprehensive web portal for the Indian Diaspora, with the twin aims of not only informing and educating, but also becoming a catalyst for enriching interactions and exchanges among the Diaspora, by creating a virtual bridge between the expatriate Indian community and India as also between themselves.
This Database, which will be accessible to those who register themselves and have their entries verified, will allow members to network among themselves for professional, business and social reasons. Personal information will be put on the Database only with due permission of the person/association. Only those registered will have access to special updates and information. On our part, we will keep the Diaspora informed about the developments in India – political, economic, social and cultural – and especially on issues / areas impacting the lives and interests of the Diaspora, through periodic newsletters and updates.
While our team of seasoned journalists, researchers and IT professionals is already on the task of consolidating information about the Diaspora, it would be much more productive if individual organisations such as yours contribute and participate in this seminal project. With more than 25 million people of Indian origin spread across all continents, this is a task that requires collective participation.
The portal is a work in progress and we look forward to suggestions that would help us gain and spread knowledge about the lives of the Indian Diaspora in different countries and also keep those whose origins lie in India fully acquainted with the path that modern India has chosen for its future. It is essential that if we are to succeed in this venture, we need to be able to reach out to the Indian Diaspora in all corners of the world.
We therefore seek your support through your registration on our portal www.theindiandiaspora.com and making it your own. In course of time, you will be able to directly upload news, photos and videos about your association's activities directly on the site in your own space in micro-sites we will create for you. We look forward to hearing from you and will be happy to clarify any queries which you might have about this initiative.
THE INDIAN DIASPORA is an independent, not-for-profit venture undertaken by a group of Indian professionals.
It is run and curated by the Society for Policy Studies, an independent, not-for-profit think tank based in New Delhi, that believes in the Idea of India, the importance of Being Indian and in connecting India with its Diaspora.
Our appeal to all Indian associations: GET INVOLVED; BE ASSOCIATED; MAKE LINKAGES.
Satyajit Ganguly Administrator The Indian Diaspora
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