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Consolidating Indian Identities in Post-Independence Singapore: A Case Study of the Malayalee Community

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This paper examines the changing role of national and ethnic identity in post-independence Singapore. It argues that in comparison with 10-15 years ago, ethnic identities have gained importance over the national one. Examining the case of the Indians, in particular, that of the Tamil-speaking community, the paper argues that conditions for preserving the identity of the Tamil community are much improved. This is also true for the Sikh community. However, for the Malayalee community, given its fragmented nature, the prospects look bleak. The inability to gather the various segments of the community into a collective working whole is central to its problems. There is also a division between the younger and older members of the community. The younger Malayalees, having been socialized differently from the older generation in post-independence Singapore, find the current calls to return to ethnic roots unconvincing. The deliberations surrounding identity maintenance within the Malayalee community are sociologically interesting. They illustrate how recent national policies affect ethnic identity maintenance in contemporary Singapore.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Political Studies School of Oriental and African Studies


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