50 Years Of Indian Community In Singapore

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From Tamils to Malayalees, from Bengalis to Punjabis, the diverse Indian community in Singapore has played a large part in building the country. To understand the Indian community, one must know certain basic facts about them.First is their love for culture which transcends religious and linguistic differences. Some of the best classical Hindustani singers are Muslims. The best Malayalam singer of Hindu religious songs is a Christian.Second is their love of debates. Argument is part of Indian tradition because of the belief that truth can only be arrived at vigorous debate.The third characteristic is the community's respect for education. Indians, across castes and religions have always venerated knowledge and learning as being a value in itself.The fourth characteristic of the Indians is their devoutness: they take their religious duties seriously and perform them regularly.This celebratory volume highlights the progress, contributions and challenges of the community for the past 50 years since Singapore's independence in 1965. ...

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    Author: Edited by  Gopinath Pillai , Edited by  K Kesavapany
    Format: Paperback
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    From Tamils to Malayalees to Bengalis to Punjabis, the diverse Indian community in Singapore has played a large part in building the country. To understand the Indian community, one has to understand certain basic facts about them.
    First is their love for culture which transcends religious and linguistic differences. Some of the best classical Hindustani singers are Muslims. The best Malayalam singer of Hindu religious songs is a Christian.
    Second is their love of debates. Argument is part of Indian tradition because of the belief that truth can only be arrived at only by vigorous debate.
    The third characteristic is the community's respect for education. Hindus, who form the largest group among the Indians, perhaps have the only surviving "Goddess of Knowledge" in their p......

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    Acknowledgements; Foreword (S R Nathan); A Place in the Sun (Gopinath Pillai); Indians in the Modelling of the Global Metropolis (Rajesh Rai); Indian Heritage Centre (Gauri Krishnan); Little India (Nirmala Puru Shotam); Indian Contribution to Visual & Performing Arts (Jaya Mohideen); 50 Years of Singapore Tamil Literature (A Mani); The Development of Hindi in Singapore (Rajesh Rai); Indian Writing in English (Meira Chand); Indian Participation in Politics (Asad Latif); The Indian Contribution to Singapore's Economic Development (Manu Bhaskaran); Less Remembered Spaces (Jayati Bhattacharya); Newly Arrived Indian Professionals (Girija Pande); Indian Women's Contribution (Uma Rajan); Pakistanis in Singapore (Sajjad Ashraf); Parsees in Singapore (Pesi B Ch......