By John Solomon
Untouchable migrants made up a considerable percentage of Indian labour migration into Singapore within the 19th and 20th centuries. in this interval, they have been topic to types of caste prejudice and discrimination that powerfully bolstered their identities as untouchables out of the country. this day, even if, untouchability has disappeared from the general public sphere and has been changed through different notions of identification, leaving unanswered questions as to how and while this happened. The untouchable migrant is additionally largely absent from renowned narratives of the past.
This e-book takes the "disappearance" as a kick off point to check a heritage of untouchable migration among Indians who arrived in Singapore from its sleek founding as a British colony within the early 19th century via to its independence in 1965. utilizing oral historical past files, archival resources, colonial ethnography, newspapers and interviews, this booklet examines the lives of untouchable migrants via their daily adventure in an in another country 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 identification and social justice with regards to their reviews in the broader Indian diaspora in Singapore. The booklet trances the way during which untouchable identities advanced after which receded in line with the dramatic social alterations caused by way of colonialism, conflict and post-colonial nationhood.
By targeting a subaltern workforce from the previous, this examine offers another heritage of Indian migration to Singapore and a unique viewpoint at the cultural conversations that experience taken position among India and Singapore for a lot of the island's glossy historical past.
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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