By Chinmay Tumbe For centuries, Europeans travelled to India for trade and conquest with a missionary zeal and got their statues built all over the subcontinent. In the 20th century, Indians began to move to Europe with greater verve than any time in the past, for trade, studies and work, and finally got a chance to build their own statues all over Europe. The story of Indians in the UK is well chronicled as are the statues of Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi and BR Ambedkar that lie within a square kilometre in the heart of London. Outside the UK, Indians are found in many European countries by the tens of thousands, notably in Germany (the high-tech sector) and Belgium (diamonds). But arguably the most fascinating developments of the Indian diaspora have taken place in Spain and Italy over the past two decades. In both these countries, it is the Punjabis who have made a mark, but with sharply differing community profiles. Punjab, more specifically the eastern doab region comprising places such as Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur, has been a hotspot of what I call the Great Indian Migration Wave — a remarkable episode in global migration history of persistent, male-dominated, circular… Read full this story
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