This book deals with the legacies of the Indian experiences of migration and diaspora in South Africa. It highlights the social imaginaries of the migrants and citizens as they negotiate between a reconstructed notion of ‘India’ and their real present and future in the country of citizenship.
Both South Africa and India have had a long history of group-based identity movements against exploitation around caste and race, intersecting with class, gender, language, religion and region. The combined history has allowed them to participate in novel ways in the global arena as regional powers. The book suggests that the question of identity concerns itself with exploitation and oppression of excluded groups in both countries. The authors are particularly attentive to the manner in which the two democratic states have confronted the challenges of history together with contemporary demands of inclusion and discuss the dilemmas involved in resolving them. The volume also raises questions regarding future roles, especially in the fields of education and the environment.
It will be of interest to those in the fields of sociology, political science, international relations, history, migration and diaspora studies, as well as to the general reader.
1. Legacies and New Identities: Contemporary India and South Africa Compared Sujata Patel and Tina Uys Part I. Migration, Indenture and Identities: Being Indian in South Africa 2. Indenture and Indianness in South Africa: 1860–1913 Ashwin Desai and Goolam Vahed 3. Tracing the Journey of South African Indian Women from 1860 Mariam Seedat-Khan 4. In a Faraway Sugarcane Field: Imagining Indentured Labour in Colonial India V. Geetha 5. ‘Made in India. Proudly South African’: Commemorating 150 years of Indian Presence in South Africa Rehana Vally 6. Commemoration, Celebration, Commiseration? 150th Anniversary of Indentured Labourers in South Africa Brij Maharaj 7. The Legacy of Indentured Indians in South Africa: The Politics of Saving the Early Morning Market in Durban Lubna Nadvi 8. Indenture and Diasporic Integration: Historical Anthropology of India–South Africa Interface Ravindra K. Jain Part 2. The Contemporary Contradictions of Nation States: Democracy, Education and Environment 9. A Better Life For All: The Post-1994 South African Journey in the Second Decade of the New Millennium Janis Grobbelaar 10. South Africa: Conceptualising a Politics of Human-Oriented Development Adam Habib 11. Indian Democracy in Search of a Democratic State: Socio-Political Challenges and State Responses in Contemporary India Ujjwal Singh 12. Reproduction, Contradiction, Contestation and the Struggle for a Just Education in India Padma Velaskar 13. Reflexive Education to Re-envision Modernity Anita Rampal 14. The Place and Role of Higher Education in an Evolving South African Democracy Derek van der Merwe 15. Urban Dreams and Realities Kalpana Sharma 16. Contesting Conservation: Nature, Politics and History in Contemporary India Mahesh Rangarajan Part 3. Relating to Each Other as Regional Nation-States 17. Globalising World and the Changing Dimensions of Indo-South African Ties Rajen Harshe 18. IBSA in the Foreign Policy of a Rising India Priya Chacko 19. Scientific, Environmental and Agricultural Collaboration within the IBSA Dialogue Forum, 2003–2010 David Fig. About the Editors, Notes on Contributors. Index