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. The communications revolution, the Internet, Facebook, Twitter have enabled instant communications, making it possible for Non-resident Indians and People of Indian Origin 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) facilitate regular exchange of information and news;
b) create the first-ever Database of the Indian Diaspora and its associations/bodies and,
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.
www.theindiandiaspora.com is the link for the 25 million community of Indians spread across the globe, connecting them to their roots in India and to the geographically dispersed communities of ethnic and expat Indians around the world.
It is estimated that in three countries - the US, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia - the Indian Diaspora is over nearly three million-strong; in a dozen countries it numbers more than a million; and in close to two dozen there are at least a hundred thousand ethnic Indians.
For India, the Diaspora is a huge resource to tap into. In financial terms, their remittances have crossed $70 billion, the most any Diaspora has sent back to the mother nation. They also make significant investments in India. They are, moreover, a repository of talent, expertise and ideas that can be leveraged as India seeks high growth and development.
The dynamic interactivity of www.theindiandiaspora.com forms a vital link among the communities and the Indians everywhere, where they can share their stories of achievement and excellence; where they can network with those with similar interests.
The Indian Diaspora also chronicles for you the story of a a changing India, its progress and achievements, its cultural diversity and social trends, its economic growth and business prospects, its policies and programmes, and, in a capsule, the strength, the diversity and the wonder that is India.
The site is also where the Indian Diaspora can learn how to channel their philanthropic contributions, contribute to the development of their ancestral homeland or celebrate their cultural connections.
It is also a bridge between the Indian communities for sharing ideas and exchanging experiences in dealing with problems they face in their countries, in empowering themselves socially, economically and politically, and effectively organising themselves.
THE INDIAN DIASPORA is run and curated by the Society for Policy Studies(www.spsindia.in), 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.