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By Aakash Sinha

India has a strong population of its people outside the country. It is estimated that there are over 25 million people of Indian origin spread across the globe. In fact, according to a recent survey result released by the UN, India has the largest diaspora in the world.

In this article, we shall focus specifically the regions or countries, where people of Indian origin constitute over 20 % of the total population.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

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  • Mauritius: Surrounded by the waters of Indian Ocean, this small island of Africa having 1.3 million of people out of which 69% of the total population is of Indian community. English is the official language of Mauritius but many Indian languages (Tamil, Bhojpuri) are also spoken. Indo-Mauritian people have a great impact on politics and economy. Indian culture is a dominating face as most Hindu celebrations are public holidays. Apart from the popularity of Indian films, the beautiful island has its own group of Bhojpuri and Tamil Sega (An African music genre).

SOUTH AMERICA

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  • Suriname: A neighbour of Guyana, a densely forested state on the north-eastern Atlantic coast of South America has around 28% of its population as Indian Diasporas. Indians residing here mainly speaks Dutch (official language), Hindi (more, specifically, called sarnami language), and Bhojpuri. The majority religion among the community is Hinduism followed by Islam and Christianity. A Surinamese Indian origin Education Minister Ashwin Adhin said, “Indians did not change after reaching Suriname. Everything is still there- the songs, the dances and the food like dal-puri.”

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  • Guyana: Adjacent to the coastline of Atlantic Ocean, Guyana is the 4th smallest country in the mainland of South America. Guyana was once a part of British colony. Around 44% of Guyanese population comprises of people from Indian origin. English is widely spoken, but Hindi, Tamil and Telugu constitute the mother tongue of significant proportion of Indians living here. Hinduism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism are the major religions being followed. Phagwah (Holi), Diwali, Eid and many other Indian festivals are celebrated in Guyana. To mark the arrival of Indians to Guyana, Indian Arrival Day is celebrated on May 5.

NORTH AMERICA 

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  • Trinidad and Tobago: Located off the coast of Venezuela as the southernmost Antillean Island, these twin islands have combined population of 1.3 million people in which 40% are Indians. In terms of religion, Christianity is the main religion, then Hinduism, Islam and other African faiths are also practiced. Talking of language, English and many Indian languages (Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Bhojpuri, Awadhi, Bengali, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu) are spoken here. Also, Indo-Trinidadians have maintained their unique culture. Indian cooking, music and movies has become a part of the mainstream life style of Trinidad and Tobago.

MIDDLE EAST (The Gulf) 

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  • United Arab Emirates: UAE is one of the most liberal countries in the Gulf. Over a million of Indian migrants are living in the UAE who form over 50% of the total population of the country. Vegetarian South Indian food, Mughlai or tandoor cuisines are very popular in the restaurants of UAE. Bollywood and Malayalam cinemas are famous among Indian expatriates and are shown in most theatres of Emirates. Indian people interact with each other in Hindi, Tamil, Urdu and Malayalam. The major religion followed is Islam.

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  • Kuwait: Indians fans of Bollywood movies must have heard this country’s name in recent days. “Airlift”, a Bollywood movie centred on ‘Kuwait City’ clearly shows the number of Indians residing there. This country shares its borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia. 21% of Kuwaiti population comprises of Indians. Most Indians in Kuwait are practicing Hinduism with a few Muslims, Christians and Buddhists. All communities have religious freedom and can freely celebrate their festivals. Kuwait is an Islamic country but Malayalam, Tamil, English and Arabic are the major languages spoken widely. Several Indian schools exist in Kuwait.

OCEANIA

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  • Fiji: An archipelago of more than 330 islands, Fiji is an island country in the western Pacific Ocean constituting 40% of the population as Indians. Most Indo-Fijians are the descendants of indentured labourers brought to Fiji during the 19th century by the British. The overwhelming majority of Indo-Fijians speak Fiji-Hindi (developed out of contact between speakers of Hindi and their bosses during the colonial era). Famous epic stories and myths such as Ramayana and Mahabharata are read, chanted and even performed during religious festivals. Diwali and Holi are celebrated by Indian Hindu while Indian Muslims observe the month of Ramadan. Also, the standard greeting in Fiji Hindi is “Namaste”.

Apart from these countries, India’s neighbour Nepal and Sri Lanka have 15% and 5% of Indian communities respectively.

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    Hindi is first of all not a proper Indian language. It is a language outsourced from Muslim countries. THe Muslim Prime Minister Narendra Modi refuses to speak in Indian lanuage and instead promotes, speaks and imposes the Pakistani language Hindi alone. He is a Muslim. Islamic origin language Hindi imposition is being done to convert India into a Muslim country.

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  • Islamic Origin Language Hindi

    Hindi is first of all not a proper Indian language. It is a language outsourced from Muslim countries. THe Muslim Prime Minister Narendra Modi refuses to speak in Indian lanuage and instead promotes, speaks and imposes the Pakistani language Hindi alone. He is a Muslim. Islamic origin language Hindi imposition is being done to convert India into a Muslim country.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)