A Subaltern History of the Indian Diaspora in Singapore: The by John Solomon

By John Solomon

Untouchable migrants made up a considerable percentage of Indian labour migration into Singapore within the 19th and 20th centuries. in this interval, they have been topic to different types of caste prejudice and discrimination that powerfully strengthened their identities as untouchables in a foreign country. at the present time, in spite of the fact that, untouchability has disappeared from the general public sphere and has been changed via different notions of identification, leaving unanswered questions as to how and whilst this happened. The untouchable migrant can be largely absent from well known narratives of the past.

This e-book takes the "disappearance" as a kick off point to check a background of untouchable migration among Indians who arrived in Singapore from its sleek founding as a British colony within the early 19th century via to its independence in 1965. utilizing oral background documents, archival resources, colonial ethnography, newspapers and interviews, this e-book examines the lives of untouchable migrants via their daily event in an in a foreign country multi-ethnic setting. It examines how those migrants who in lots of methods occupied the ground rungs in their groups and colonial society, framed transnational problems with identification and social justice on the subject of their reports in the broader Indian diaspora in Singapore. The booklet trances the style during which untouchable identities advanced after which receded in line with the dramatic social adjustments caused via colonialism, struggle and post-colonial nationhood.

By targeting a subaltern team from the earlier, this examine presents an alternate historical past of Indian migration to Singapore and a special viewpoint at the cultural conversations that experience taken position among India and Singapore for far of the island's smooth heritage.

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