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 strengthened their identities as untouchables in a foreign country. this day, even though, 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 booklet takes the "disappearance" as a place to begin to ascertain a background of untouchable migration among Indians who arrived in Singapore from its glossy founding as a British colony within the early 19th century via to its independence in 1965. utilizing oral historical past files, archival assets, colonial ethnography, newspapers and interviews, this publication examines the lives of untouchable migrants via their daily adventure in an in another country multi-ethnic surroundings. 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 on the subject of their studies in the broader Indian diaspora in Singapore. The ebook trances the way during which untouchable identities advanced after which receded according to the dramatic social adjustments led to through colonialism, conflict and post-colonial nationhood.
By targeting a subaltern workforce from the earlier, this learn offers another historical past of Indian migration to Singapore and a distinct point of view at the cultural conversations that experience taken position among India and Singapore for a lot of the island's sleek 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