Delhi, 05 November 2004
Indian diaspora abroad are quite a
force to reckon with as they are properous and have
plenty of intiative. In the aritcle posted below the
growing links between Indian and Taiwanese diaspora
are highlighted. Perhaps now is the time for the
Indian diaspora in UK and USA to forge similar links
with Pakistanis, to see if they can contribute to
the peace process. At present they seem to be more
involved in activities with little cooperation
between the two communities. There is need for them
to make common cause.
Taiwanese Diaspora To Make Common Cause
Yahoo India News)
New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) Two
leaders of the Indian American community are
visiting Taiwan next week in a bid to give shape to
a nascent move to form an alliance with Taiwanese
Armeane Choksy, president of the
Washington-based US-India Institute, and its
executive director Manish Thakur are visiting Taiwan
for five days from Monday, during which they will
interact with Taiwanese intellectuals and high
The visit is at the invitation of
the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, whose president
is Vice Foreign Minister Michael Kau. Choksy and
Thakur will also call on Taiwan Vice President Annet
Lu, sources here said.
The visit of the Indian American
leaders is the culmination of a move launched by the
Indian American and Taiwanese American communities
to come together to protect and promote the
interests of their respective countries of origin.
The sources said leaders of the
Jewish American community, which has close links
with the Indian American community, had played a
significant role in bringing the Indians and
From 1997-98 onwards, the Indian
American community and the influential Jewish
American community have been coming together and
some even credit this development for the dramatic
growth that India-Israel and India-US relations have
witnessed in recent years.
"This has proved to be an
alliance that is of great benefit to India, the US
and Israel," a source familiar with leaders of
the two communities told IANS.
The Indian American community and
the Taiwanese American community in the US plan to
make a common cause of defence of security (of
Taiwan) and economic development (of India).
The Indian American community,
according to sources, is not bothered by the fact
that the government of India does not consider
Taiwan as an independent entity but a part of China.
They see the 2.5 million Taiwanese
Americans, one of the richest in the US, as an
answer to India's search for foreign direct
investment and notes that they had made over $43
billion worth of investments in China during the
last 20 years.
The Taiwanese Americans, on the
other hand, are worried about the fate of their
investments in China, particularly if there is a
conflict between Taiwan and mainland China, with
possible involvement of the US.
The suggestions that the Taiwanese
Americans and the Indian Americans should work
together on the model of the Indian American and
Jewish American communities had come in this
With Taiwanese Americans
increasingly looking for alternative investment
destinations to China and seeing India as one, the
Indian Americans have agreed to be the bridge to
connect them, the sources said.
Not only are Taiwanese Americans
impressed by India's reputation as a leader in the
knowledge industry, they are also taking to yoga,
spiritualism and Buddhism, they said.