India's Diaspora Diplomacy

India's Diaspora Diplomacy © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/187119109X455955 Th e Hague Journal of Diplomacy 4 (2009) 361-372 brill.nl/hjd India’s Diaspora Diplomacy Kishan S. Rana * B-33 IFS Apartments, Mayur Vihar-I, Delhi 110 091, India kishanrana@gmail.com Received: 6 April 2009; revised: 23 April 2009; accepted: 23 April 2009 Summary Countries are increasingly conscious that their diaspora is a powerful asset in their pursuit of external objectives. Several factors have contributed. Everywhere the diplomatic process is more open than before; foreign ministries routinely network with a wide array of offi cial and non-state partners. Th anks to rising migration, and growth in foreign employment opportunities, many countries have expanding overseas communities. A number of small and medium-sized countries fi nd that such communities are even larger than the home population. We also observe that in many states, these groups, whether they have taken up the citizenship of the country of residence or whether they remain citizens of their home countries, fi nd it easier than in the past to participate actively in social, economic and political activities in their adopted homes. Finally, the example of Israel — that is, the support that it mobilizes from the global Jewish community — http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Hague Journal of Diplomacy Brill

India's Diaspora Diplomacy

The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, Volume 4 (3): 361 – Jan 1, 2009

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© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1871-1901
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1871-191X
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10.1163/187119109X455955
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/187119109X455955 Th e Hague Journal of Diplomacy 4 (2009) 361-372 brill.nl/hjd India’s Diaspora Diplomacy Kishan S. Rana * B-33 IFS Apartments, Mayur Vihar-I, Delhi 110 091, India kishanrana@gmail.com Received: 6 April 2009; revised: 23 April 2009; accepted: 23 April 2009 Summary Countries are increasingly conscious that their diaspora is a powerful asset in their pursuit of external objectives. Several factors have contributed. Everywhere the diplomatic process is more open than before; foreign ministries routinely network with a wide array of offi cial and non-state partners. Th anks to rising migration, and growth in foreign employment opportunities, many countries have expanding overseas communities. A number of small and medium-sized countries fi nd that such communities are even larger than the home population. We also observe that in many states, these groups, whether they have taken up the citizenship of the country of residence or whether they remain citizens of their home countries, fi nd it easier than in the past to participate actively in social, economic and political activities in their adopted homes. Finally, the example of Israel — that is, the support that it mobilizes from the global Jewish community —

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The Hague Journal of DiplomacyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2009

Keywords: MIGRATION; DIASPORA; MOBILIZING SUPPORT; INDIA; OVERSEAS COMMUNITIES; DIPLOMATIC OUTREACH; NETWORKING; CONSULAR DIPLOMACY; DIPLOMACY; DIASPORA DIPLOMACY

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