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Sociology and Social Anthropology in India by Yogesh Atal

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Chapter 9

I thank Professor Yogesh Atal for inviting me to undertake this challenging but stimulating academic endeavour and for his perceptive comments on the first draft of this essay. I also thank Professor Ravindra K. Jain and Dr Aparna Rayaprol for their suggestions at the ICSSR Workshop in New Delhi on 8–9 March 2007 where this essay was presented in absentia. It was Professor Brinsley Samaroo of the Department of History at The University of the West Indies (St. Augustine) who enkindled in me an interest in the study of the Indian diaspora and guided me through it initially.

1. For analytical clarity, I have italicized the designation Indian Diaspora to distinguish it as an area of academic study from its substantive focus, namely, ...

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