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Migration MattersMobility in a Globalizing World$
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Gurucharan Gollerkeri and Natasha Chhabra

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199464807

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199464807.001.0001

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The Empire of the Mind

The Empire of the Mind

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(p.251) 16 The Empire of the Mind
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Migration Matters
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Gurucharan Gollerkeri

Natasha Chhabra

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199464807.003.0016

In this chapter we look at the importance and implications of the democratisation of knowledge. We begin with a discussion of how high-skilled migration takes place in a policy vacuum, and consider the changing nature of Indian migration highlighting the importance of student mobility. We also try to assess the nature and role of the overseas Indian community, and the need for a more nuanced and strategic tactical engagement for India with its diaspora. Following the gradual shift in recent times, in the perceptions of high-skilled migration from brain drain to brain gain and currently to the more virtuous circular migration, we explore the medium to long term dimensions to India’s engagement as a knowledge economy, and its ability to influence the global discourse on migration.

Keywords:   diaspora, overseas Indian community, brain drain, brain gain, knowledge economy, democratization of knowledge, information technology, social entrepreneurs, soft power, return migration

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