Dusra Hindustanby Vijay Prashad  (2004)

For the past two years, a horde of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) has flocked to New Delhi for the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. Individuals from 60 different countries come as de facto representatives of the 22 million desis who live in them. The bulk of the ‘delegates’ come from the advanced industrial states. Those who organized the celebration had no democratic imperative to ensure the accurate representation of the diaspora: they concentrate on the most wealthy among the diaspora for reasons of their own.

This short essay will offer a vision of the two different kinds of political Indians who populate the diaspora – those of the Red variety, who pioneered militancy and the call for Purna Swaraj in the old days, and those of the Green and Saffron variety, who are active in the promotion of neoliberalism and cruel cultural nationalism. While the latter are the embodiment of the NRI, the former, the Reds, are relegated to the margins of the diaspora.

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