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Global Hindu Diaspora
Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

ISBN 9781138095472
Published August 17, 2017 by Routledge
236 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines Hinduism from both a historical and contemporary perspective. It provides some interesting insights into factors that shaped and defined Hinduism in the diaspora. It also examines the challenges facing Hinduism in the twenty-first century. In recent years the growing conversions of Hindus to other religions, the complexities of caste, the impact of AIDS, and the need to reinvigorate the youth in Hindu teachings are just some of the issues that it faces. What shape and form will Hinduism take in the twenty-first century? What will Hinduism look like in the future? These relevant questions are the subject of debate and deliberations amongst religious scholars, academics and politicians. This edited collection addresses some of these questions as well as the relationship between religion and diaspora within historical and contemporary perspectives.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgement 7

1. Introduction: Global Indian Diaspora: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
Kalpana Hiralal

2. Hindu South Africans and the Global Hindu Diaspora: Past Challenges and Future Prospects

Usha Shukla

3. The Phenomenon of Ramleela/Ramlila Theatre in Trinidad
Kumar Mahabir

4. Church and State, Religion and Politics: The Hindu Stance on Education in Mid-twentieth Century Trinidad

Vashti Singh

5. Hinduism Transformed? A Case Study of Hindu Diaspora in Thailand

Ruchi Agarwal

6. The Global Hindu Diaspora: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives Global and Local Realities: The Case of NRIs Living in Durban

Gerelene Jagganath

7. The Hindu Response to Climate Change in South Africa

Sagie Narsiah

8. The Traditional Hindu Perspective on Environment and M.K. Gandhi’s Standpoint

Namita Nimbalkar

 9. Book Review: Review of Pedro Machado’s Oceans of Trade: South Asian Merchants, Africa and the Indian Ocean, c. 1750-1850

Gail M. Presbey

10. Swami Bhawani Dayal: The Social Reformer and Political Patriot of South Africa

Kalpana Hiralal

11. The Contributions of Pandit Nardev Vedalankar to Hinduism in South Africa

Kalpana Hiralal

12. Zee TV and the Reinforcement of Ganesha
Worship among People of North-Indian Origin in Durban

Anand Singh


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Kalpana Hiralal is an Associate Professor of History at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Her PhD dissertation focused on Indian immigrants to Africa in the context of settlement, trade and identity formation. Her current research focus is on African and South Asian Diaspora and gender and politics in South Africa. She co-edited a book titled 1913, Satyagraha, Passive Resistance and its Legacy in 2015.