Indian diaspora to the rescue for stranded Indians- study shows amazing covid community work

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.

Author: Stephen Manallack

Former President, Australia India Business Council, Victoria and Author, You Can Communicate; Riding the Elephant; Soft Skills for a Flat World (published by Tata McGraw-Hill INDIA); Communicating Your Personal Brand. Director, EastWest Academy Pty Ltd and Trainer/Speaker/Mentor in Leadership, Communication and Cross Cultural Communication. Passionate campaigner for closer western relations with India. Stephen Manallack is a specialist on “Doing Business with India” and advisor/trainer on “Cross-Cultural Understanding”. He is a Director of EastWest Academy Pty Ltd which provides strategic advice and counsel regarding business relations with India. A regular speaker in India on leadership and global communication, his most recent speaking tour included a speech to students of the elite Indian university, Amity University, in Noida. He also spoke at a major Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) global summit, the PR Consultants Association of India in Delhi, the Symbiosis University in Pune and Cross-Cultural Training for Sundaram Business Services in Chennai. He has visited India on business missions on 10 occasions and led three major trade missions there. He provides cross-cultural training – Asia and the west.

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