New Homes in the World: India’s Hyderabadis Abroad
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New Homes in the World: India’s Hyderabadis Abroad

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Abstract

HYDERABADIS1 people from the city of Hyderabad or the former state of Hyderabad, have been migrating abroad in some numbers since the late 1940s and especially since the late 1960s. They have gone to work or live in rather diverse places, most notably Pakistan, the UK, Australia, the US, Canada, and the Gulf states of the Middle East. Most among them have tried to maintain some degree of Hyderabadi identity. They retain connections to their homeland, build networks across national boundaries, and try to teach their children about Hyderabadi culture. They and their children have also become participants to varying degrees in the national life of the nation- states to which they have migrated. The specific environments in the destination countries, particularly the legal and political conditions governing migration, working conditions, and citizenship, provide both constraints and opportunities for the immigrants as they selectively shape new identities. For .the time being, we must assume some initial identity or identities relating them to their homeland, locating them within it but being carried abroad and worked within the new locations. "Hyderabadi", or "a person from Hyderabad", was an identity that linked one closely to a state.

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