Diasporic Philanthropy in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
Photographs and Text: Sanam Roohi (Provincial Globalisation PhD Student)
Guntur has a long history of high-skilled transnational migration to the West. Since the 1960s, a number of engineers, doctors and other highly qualified professionals from the region have migrated and settled in the United States for higher education or work opportunities. Subsequently, the region has been the recipient of various forms of transnational ‘reverse flows’ including diasporic philanthropy. Many well established Telugu NRIs (Non-Resident Indians) in the United States are keen to give back to the society in which they have their roots. Their philanthropy focuses primarily on education, health and rural infrastructural development. The following snapshots highlight the culture of transnational giving in this region.