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By Rajdeep Sardesai

The 2014 Indian normal elections has been considered as an important elections in Indian background for the reason that 1977. It observed the decimation of the ruling Congress occasion, a fabulous victory for the BJP and a brand new variety of campaigning that broke each rule within the political video game. yet how and why?

In his riveting publication, Rajdeep Sardesai tracks the tale of this pivotal elections via the entire key avid gamers and the massive information tales. starting with 2012, whilst Narendra Modi gained the kingdom elections in Gujarat for a 3rd time yet set his points of interest on an even bigger prize, to the scandals that crippled Manmohan Singh and UPA 2, and relocating to the back-room techniques of workforce Modi, the extreme missteps of Rahul Gandhi and the political dramas of an election 12 months, he attracts a breathtaking photograph of the yr that modified India. Page-turning, filled with insights and nice snap shots, and written with a media insider s eye, 2014 is political storytelling at its best possible.

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However, the rather amorphous and potentially confusing nature of the term’s contemporary usage risks diminishing its effectiveness, motivating a narrower definition for the present discussion. The etymology of the word ‘diaspora’ can be traced to the Greek ‘diaspora´’, derived from the combination of dia, meaning ‘over’, and speiro, ‘to sow’, as in scattering or planting. E. 2 In this context, the term refers to a situation in which a number of communities sharing a common national, religious, or ethnic identity exist apart from a common homeland.

For example, several nineteenth-century sources describe the Hindus’ celebrations of Diwali, a festival in honour of the goddess Lakshmi, and another celebration that appears to have been Holi, a festival celebrating the approach of spring. According to one Russian observer of a Diwali MULTANIS AND SHIKARPURIS 51 celebration in Tashkent in 1895, the Hindus celebrated this holiday by abstaining from drinking alcohol, maintaining a strictly vegetarian diet of ceremonial Indian cuisine, illuminating the caravanserai with hundreds of petroleum lamps, and enlisting musicians, singers and dancers to perform devotional songs.

Some twenty-five years later, in 1584, merchants from Multan were included among those unfortunate Central Asia-bound caravanners who lost their goods in a warehouse fire in Peshawar (Nizamutdinov 1969: 47). 8 The Multanis’ importance continued to grow, and seventeenth-century sources mention an astounding number of Multanis (among other Indian merchant groups) living in communities outside of India. A. Kotov referred to all of the Indian merchants in Isfahan, the capital of Safavid Iran, as Multanis (Kemp 1959: 36-7), as did Raphae¨l du Mans some four decades later (du Mans: 180-81).

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