A paper by two University of Melbourne academics, Dr Pradeep Taneja (pictured) and Surjeet D Dhanji, tells the inspiring story of how the Indian diaspora around the world went to the rescue of countless Indians as Covid closed all the doors.
See the paper here:
India has the largest diaspora population in the world – around 13 million Indian citizens living outside the country and another 17 million people of Indian origin spread across 146 countries.
Hundreds of thousands of Indian tourists, students, workers on short-term visas, and families visiting relatives were stranded in far-flung parts of the world.
Amongst these were the elderly and those with medical conditions as well as pregnant women. Grandparents who had travelled abroad to spend time with their grandchildren and children who had travelled to spend time with their grand-parents were all affected by the chaos and confusion caused by the pandemic.
The study covers three different cases around the world, showing how the Indian diaspora took action and pointing to how emergency assistance like this could be further enhanced.
It’s a brilliant report – a tribute to the writers and to the worlds’ biggest diaspora – Indians.