Indian Diaspora Colloquium


An ODI Colloquium was held in Reunion Island, France. The colloquium, the first of its kind, was partnered by the University of Reunion. The initiative came from Mr Jean Regis Ramsamy, President, ODI and Mr Michel Latchoumanin, Professor at the University of Reunion. It was attended among others by participants from India, Mauritius, Madagascar, South Africa and France

Mr Sayantan Chakravarty speaks at the ODI Colloquium in Reunion Island, France. Seen on the left is Jawahar Lal Nehru University Professor Ajay Dubey and Mr Chit Dukhira, President, ODI Mauritius (third from left)
(From left): Mr Dukhira, Prof Dubey, Mr Ramsamy and Mr Paokholal Mr Chetty and Ms Bissessur-Asgarally
GOPIO Reunion President, Mr Paul Canaguy with Prof Paneer Selvam from University of Puducherry (right) Mr Vijay Rangan (left) with a delegate

Here’s a list of main speakers and their subjects:
1. Mr Jean Regis Ramsamy, President, ODI Reunion spoke on the Malabar Diaspora in Reunion Island.

2. Ms Sarojini Bissessur-Asgarally, Lecturer, University of Mauritius spoke on Literature, Indian Diaspora and the Preservation of Indian Languages and cultures in Mauritius.

3. Mr Sayantan Chakravarty, Editor and Publisher, India Empire, New Delhi spoke on Indian Diaspora and Economic Engagement with India.

4. Mr Dasarath Chetty, Director, DC Communications, Durban, South Africa spoke on the historic role played by people of Indian origin in the liberation of South Africa.

5. Prof Ajay Dubey, Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi spoke on Opportunities and challenges in increasing cooperation with India.

6. Mr Chit Dukhira, President of ODI Mauritius, spoke on Indentured Labour, Indian Culture and Diaspora in the former colonies.

7. Mr Vishwanaden Govinden, Lecturer, Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Mauritius, spoke of the period between 1839 and 1842 when immigration of Mauritius was suspended.

8. Dr Yannick Korpal from Reunion Island gave an archaeological perspective.

9. Mr Abdoullah Lala, President of the Reunion Federation of Accountants, spoke on economic engagements with India.

10. Mr Michel Latchoumanin, Professor at Reunion University, spoke on identity issues in Reunion Island.

11. Mr Daniel Minienpoulle, President of the Tamil Federation of Reunion Island, spoke on the Hindu identity in France.

12. Mr Haokip Paokholal, Assistant Professor at Puducherry University, India spoke on Indian Diaspora as a determinant in Indo-French bilateral relationships.

13. Mr Guillaume Ranaivoarison from the Department of Sociology at the University of Antananarivo in Madagascar spoke on issues related to cultures and identity.

14. Prof Gil Dany Randriamasitiana from the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar spoke on issues related to economic growth and integration of emigrant populations. Mr Vijay Rangan from France spoke on emigration issues.

15. Prof Paneer Selvam Sundaravelu from Puducherry University, India spoke on bilateral cooperation.

June 2012

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