Indian Ethnic Civil Society Movement in Malaysia: The Case of HINDRAF: M. Mahalingam

Author:   M. Mahalingam
Publisher:   Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism
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GRFDT Research Monograph Series IV



GRFDT Research Monograph 4 April 2015 


This paper examines the causes for the rise of the Indian ethnic civil society movement in relation to the HINDRAF in the recent past in Malaysia. The paper is premised on the theoretical proposition of the role of civil society is an important instrument for political and social action in the context of ethnicity based political system. It also throws light on the various socio-economic, political and cultural processes within the Indian ethnic minority community. Moreover, it reveals the impending issues and challenges of the Indian ethnic minority in Malaysia. Finally, the paper explains the response of the state for the mobilization of Indian ethnic minority led by the HINDRAF. 

Keywords: Civil society, Malaysian state, Indian ethnic minority, Hindu Rights Action Force, 


About Author

Dr.Mahalingam M. has completed his Ph.D entitled ‘Tamil Diaspora: A Case Study of Contemporary Mobilization in Malaysia from the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has published his research papers and book reviews in various national, international journals and in edited books. He works as research fellow with New Delhi based think-tank called Centre for Policy Analysis at present. He can be contacted at E-Mail: [email protected]

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