Dakshina Kannada in the Gulf: Community and Politics in a Transnational Virtual Space

Author: 
Jananie Kalyanaraman and Leah Koskimaki

Dakshina Kannada in the Gulf: Community and Politics in a Transnational Virtual Space

Authors: Jananie Kalyanaraman and Leah Koskimaki

ABSTRACT

This research report reviews and analyses the content of online fora that connect the Dakshina Kannada region of India with the Gulf. Internet-based research points to the ways in which transnational connections between migrants and their home regions may influence local transformations. The report discusses online transactions and debates that take place within this transnational space, with a focus on linguistic, religious, regional and/or cultural identities and debates about development initiatives in the region. The analysis shows how diasporic community organisations and their activities, such as channelling investments and philanthropy to the home region, create translocal publics that are intensely engaged in a politics of self-representation. The ubiquity of virtual publics reveals the visual lexicon of transnational spaces and communities that are facilitated by internet-based communication and sociality.