By Deepika Bahri
Positive factors interviews, severe essays, and statement that explores South Asian id and tradition. by way of analyzing the social, fiscal, and ancient particularities of people that stay 'between the strains' on and among borders, this publication reinstates questions of energy and privilege, employer and resistance.
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What are the discursive or particular contingent features that prompt us to acknowledge and assert a South Asian presence? 5 The term is most often used to describe people who either come directly from or can trace an origin to the Indian subcontinent. The synonymity of “South Asia” with “India” is usually explained, Page 3 though perhaps not justified, by that nation's historical sway in the region; more important, perhaps, it is a reminder of the roots of the tradition of study about South Asia in colonial India.
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