Diasporic engagement and the climate crisis in Kerala: inclusive disaster relief and reconstruction?

Stephen Taylor*, Deborah Booth, Rohit Irudayarajan

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India has been identified as one of the most vulnerable countries within the global climate crisis. Kerala has been highlighted as a hotspot of climate vulnerability within India, and this was illustrated by the floods of 2018. Nearly, 500 people lost their lives during the floods and 1.4 million were displaced, with the reconstruction programme still taking place today. Anecdotal andmedia accounts have suggested that the Keralan diaspora played a significant part in the disaster relief and reconstruction effort both during and after the floods. However, there has been very little detailed empirical investigation into this particular diasporic engagement during a time of crisis. Drawing upon original empirical research, this paper will examine the nature and impact of Keralan diasporic engagement during, and after, the 2018 floods, particularly focussing upon whether this was an inclusive relief and development effort across the categories of caste, region and religion within the state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-231
Number of pages15
JournalSouth Asian Diaspora
Issue number2
Early online date27 Jul 2023
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023

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