Transnational Connections and Social Development
Beary Community Welfare Initiatives in Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka
Photographs and Text: Sulagna Mustafi (Provincial Globalisation PhD Student)
The Beary community, which is the largest Muslim community in Dakshina Kannada, has witnessed a steady migration of several members to Gulf countries from the late 1960s. This process has led to the formation of strong transnational networks through which resources for development flow back to the region. Keen on improving the social and economic conditions of their community back home, NRI Bearys have supported a range of social welfare organisations and projects. These community organisations and initiatives focus primarily on health, education, anti-dowry awareness, women’s welfare and housing for the poor.