Global Indian Diaspora
- By Sam George
- Published 07/3/2007
Sam George is the Executive Director of PARIVAR International - a non-profit initiative to address the needs of youth and families of Asian Indian origin in North America and to the Asian Indian community worldwide. Parivar means family in many Indian languages. Sam George also serves as one of the founding directors of Urban India Ministries
www.UrbanIndia.org Sam George and his wife, Mary have spoken at premarital and family events in many countries. They are parents of two boys and make their home in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Sam is the author of the book “Understanding the Coconut Generation: Ministry to the Americanized Asian Indians." Check out this website www.CoconutGeneration.com Coconut (brown on the outside, white on the inside) is a metaphor for the Americanized Asian Indians. Sam George can be reached at email@example.com
No matter where they have gone, they have done exceptionally well professionally and economically. In fact, the 20 million scattered people of Indian origin make more money than a billion people in India. The Indian Diaspora asset exceeds $1 trillion, while the entire nation’s GDP totals to some $950 billion or so. No wonder the goverment of India is so keen on tapping their wealth for developmental projects in India. See Ministry of Overseas Indians and India Day.
The scattered people also take with them their faith wherever they go. You can see Hindu temples, Sikh gurudwaras and Indian Christian churches on every continent. Being away from home and faith of their forefathers many have renounced religious association or given in to an popular ideologies (materialism, consumerism, prosperity or just be irreligious). Some have converted to evangelistic faiths like Christianity and Islam.
Later in August, I look forward to be part of a Global Gathering of South Asian Christians in London. Check out www.SAGC2007.com for more details and join us if you would like to learn about faith of the emerging generation of South Asians from around the world.
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SAGC 2007 August 1-5th, 2007 London,UK
2nd International Gathering of South Asian Youth and Young Adults for Mission Mobilization