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India and overseas Indians in Ceylon and Burma, 1946-1965: experiments in postimperial sovereignty

Khan, Raphaëlle and Sherman, Taylor C. (2021) India and overseas Indians in Ceylon and Burma, 1946-1965: experiments in postimperial sovereignty. Modern Asian Studies. ISSN 0026-749X (In Press)

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Despite the existence of a large Indian diaspora, there has been relatively little scholarly engagement with India’s relation to overseas Indians after its independence in 1947. The common narrative is that India abruptly cut ties with overseas Indians from that time until the 1990s, as it adhered to a territorially-based understanding of sovereignty and citizenship. By re-examining India’s relations with Indian communities in Ceylon and Burma between the late 1940s and the 1960s, this article demonstrates that, despite its rhetoric, India did not renounce its responsibility towards its diaspora at independence. To understand this continued engagement with overseas Indians, this article introduces the idea of post-imperial sovereignty. This type of sovereignty was layered, as imperial sovereignty had been, but was also concerned with advancing norms designed to protect migrant communities across the world.

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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 21 May 2021 09:06
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2021 23:15

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