By John Solomon
Untouchable migrants made up a considerable share of Indian labour migration into Singapore within the 19th and 20th centuries. in this interval, they have been topic to sorts of caste prejudice and discrimination that powerfully bolstered their identities as untouchables in another country. this day, in spite of the fact that, untouchability has disappeared from the general public sphere and has been changed via different notions of id, leaving unanswered questions as to how and while this happened. The untouchable migrant can also be largely absent from well known narratives of the past.
This e-book takes the "disappearance" as a place to begin to check a historical past of untouchable migration among Indians who arrived in Singapore from its smooth founding as a British colony within the early 19th century via to its independence in 1965. utilizing oral heritage files, archival resources, colonial ethnography, newspapers and interviews, this booklet examines the lives of untouchable migrants via their daily adventure in an abroad multi-ethnic atmosphere. It examines how those migrants who in lots of methods occupied the ground rungs in their groups and colonial society, framed transnational problems with id and social justice relating to their stories in the broader Indian diaspora in Singapore. The ebook trances the way within which untouchable identities developed after which receded in keeping with the dramatic social alterations led to via colonialism, warfare and post-colonial nationhood.
By concentrating on a subaltern crew from the prior, this examine presents another historical past of Indian migration to Singapore and a distinct standpoint at the cultural conversations that experience taken position among India and Singapore for far of the island's smooth heritage.
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A Subaltern History of the Indian Diaspora in Singapore: The Gradual Disappearance of Untouchability 1872-1965 (Intersections: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories) by John Solomon