African policy of Delhi and Indian community in Africa: current status

Cover Page

Abstract


The article is devoted to a changing nature of India-Africa relations and a role of Indian Diaspora in Africa. Indian Diaspora in African countries for many years was regarded by the Indian government more as a stumbling block for development India-Africa relations than as a source of opportunities. New policy to Diaspora was elaborated in the very beginning of 2000s but it was Narendra Modi, Indian prime-minister from 2014, who started promoting Diaspora as one of the priority in his international agenda. Indian government initiated in October 2015 third India-Africa Forum-Summit which happened to be much larger event than two previous forum summits in 2008 and 2011. However energetic policy of N. Modi has not brought India-Africa relations to a new level yet. While planned visit of N. Modi to a number of African countries in July 2016 is seen as a step to achieve this goal, his meetings with representatives of Indian communities in these African countries could be regarded as a sign of a new approach to the Indian Diaspora as “Ambassadors of India”. That could bring some controversy as many South African Indians consider themselves only citizens of their country and no more. Besides, the Indian government should take all necessary measures to prevent racist attacks against Africans in India which greatly tarnish the Indian image in the eyes of Africans.


About the authors

Vyacheslav Alexandrovich Usov

Institute of African Studies of RAS

Author for correspondence.
Email: usovva@mail.ru
Moscow, Russia

References

  1. Ivashentsov G. Modi: stavka na zarubezhnuyu indiiskuyu diasporu. Rossiiskii sovet po mezhdunarodnym delam.[Modi: the bet on overseas Indian diaspora. Russian Council on International Affairs.]. March 17, 2016. Available at: http://russiancouncil.ru/inner/?id_4=7399#top-content (date of access: 24.05.2016)
  2. Dickinson Jen, 2015. Articulating an Indian diaspora in South Africa: The Consulate General of India, diaspora associations and practices of collaboration. Geoforum, no.61, pp. 78-79. Availbale at: www.elsevier.com/locate/geoforum (date of access: 24.05.2016)
  3. Dubey Ajay Kumar, 1990. Indo-African Relations in the Post-Nehru Era (1965-1985). Delhi, Kalinga Publications.
  4. Dubey Ajay Kumar, 2003. Indian Diaspora in Africa and Changing Policies of India. Indians Abroad. Ed. S.D. Singh, M. Singh. Kolkata: MAKAIAS.
  5. Vines Alex, 2015. India’s Interests at the Africa Forum Summit: From Deals to Delivery? Chatham House. Available at: https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/india-s-interests-africa-forum-summit-deals-delivery (date of access: 24.05.2016)

Statistics

Views

Abstract - 1324

PDF (Russian) - 180

Cited-By



Copyright (c) 2016 Усов В.А.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

This website uses cookies

You consent to our cookies if you continue to use our website.

About Cookies