This title was first published in 2001. An important analysis of the links between the Indian Diaspora and the state and how this Diaspora can influence economic and foreign policy making in their country of origin. M.C. Lall focuses on India, presenting an unusual case whereby the Indian government in post- independence years ostracized its Diaspora despite the need for outside help with India’s economic development. This in-depth study of the failure of the Indian government to make good use of its Diaspora looks at the reasons why India did not cultivate a relationship after independence; why there was still no change even in light of its economic liberalization and what have been the consequences of this missing relationship.
’Dr Lall explains why India has failed to enlist its Diaspora in its plans for economic development. Dr Lall argues that the Indian state has a long record of misunderstanding the non-resident Indians (NRIs) and has neglected a valuable resource. The book sets the current economic reforms and the lukewarm response to NRI investors in the context of India's post-1947 foreign policy. This book is relevant to those who work on South Asian politics and foreign policy. It will also be of interest to those who work in the areas of Diaspora studies and the political economy of economic reform.’ Dr Andrew Wyatt, University of Bristol, UK ’…an in-depth assessment…undoubtedly a useful source for background information on the various Indian communities settled overseas…particularly relevant for economists and students of international relations…’ Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law ’…a crafted analysis…India's Missed Opportunity…is a decided accomplishment and one that merits the attention of more than scholars who would focus on Indian politics and economics.’ Asian and Pacific Migration Journal ’..Lall’s book easily remains the most comprehensive attempt to situate the specific case of Indian State and diaspora relations in its historical context. It is a commendable effort….[which] should appeal to all scholars working in the field of diaspora and migration studies, international relations, international history and international political economy.’ International Journal of Punjab Studies ’…useful and timely…a worthwhile read for students of South Asia…’ Contemporary South Asia
Introduction; Historical background; Foreign policy; The Indian government’s policy towards expatriate Asians; Case studies; India and the NRIs; Foreign investment and the NRIs; Conclusion.
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