In the Tracks of a Twice-displaced Community
This chapter examines the process of imagining into existence a sense of nationhood by a specific diaspora of Indian origin (namely, the Fiji Indians) in Australia and the role that Bollywood plays in this. It focuses on how mass images of India can be made to speak and/or represent history outside the geographical limits of India and the place of viewers in that history. For this, two separate but related journeys are brought together: one, the cultural trajectory of this twice-displaced people—from indenture to subsistence farming to their participation in urbanization of Fiji, and finally, the coup of 1987 that resulted in a big exodus to Western cities and placed the struggle for cultural identity in a new vortex of power; two, this journey is interlaced with another, that of the images of Bollywood over the decades and how it impacted lives far beyond the shores of India.
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