Indians in Singapore, 1819-1945: Diaspora in the Colonial Port-city

Hardcover | September 1, 2014

byRajesh Rai

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Indians in Singapore, 1819 -1945 is the first comprehensive study of the Indian diaspora in colonial Singapore. Drawing on administrative archives, intelligence reports, observer accounts, newspapers, oral testimonies, and community-based records, the book provides a meticulous historicalaccount of the formation of the diaspora in the colonial port-city, and its socio-political, religious and cultural development from the advent of British colonial rule to the end of the Japanese occupation. Indians in Singapore examines how the conditions of living as a minority in a multi-ethnic port-city; changes in colonial ideologies, administration and economy; developments in information-communication technologies; and transnational religious and socio-political currents in the late 19th andearly 20th centuries, shaped Indian identity formations. What emerges is a fascinating account of how these Indian emigrants, by virtue of their unique vantage point in a frontier settlement that transformed into a metropolis of global significance, negotiated their position vis-a-vis the powers athand and external processes in motion. In doing so, it reveals the distinct and complex nature of the historical journey of Indian migrants in the urban landscape of the colonial port-city - an aspect of diaspora studies that has received little attention in erstwhile scholarship.

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Indians in Singapore, 1819 -1945 is the first comprehensive study of the Indian diaspora in colonial Singapore. Drawing on administrative archives, intelligence reports, observer accounts, newspapers, oral testimonies, and community-based records, the book provides a meticulous historicalaccount of the formation of the diaspora in the ...

Rajesh Rai is Assistant Professor at the South Asian Studies Programme at the National University of Singapore.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:332 pages, 8.7 × 5.59 × 0.01 inPublished:September 1, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198099290

ISBN - 13:9780198099291

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List of TablesAcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsIntroductionPart One: Pioneers at the Frontier - 1819-18671. Merchants, minions and the military2. In the poly-ethnic world of the port cityPart Two: Diasporic Transformations in the Age of Mass Migration - 1867-19413. The diaspora reconstituted4. Repression, reform, rebellion5. Diasporic formations in the inter-war yearsPart Three: The Japanese Occupation and the Indian National Army6. Imperatives of the new order7. The price of freedomConclusionGlossaryBibliographyAbout the AuthorIndex