Coastal Andhra Pradesh in southern India is the birthplace of many highly educated professionals, such as doctors, engineers, and scientists, who have emigrated to the USA and other western countries since the 1960s. These ‘NRIs’ (Non-Resident Indians) constitute an affluent regional diapora, many of whom are engaged in philanthropic projects for the development of their home region, especially in the fields of education, health, and social welfare. NRI-supported projects can be found in many villages and towns of the region, but they are often entangled with local politics and business interests. The film depicts various ways in which affluent NRIs (Non-Resident Indians) engage with their home region, by supporting social welfare and development projects as well as business investments.
The ‘Return of the Non-Resident’ is made by C. Vanaja of Mahua Media, in collaboration with anthropologists Carol Upadhya and Sanam Roohi. The film was produced as part of the Provincial Globalisation research programme, a collaboration between the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), University of Amsterdam, and the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore, India, funded by WOTRO Science for Global Development of the NWO (Netherlands). The film is based on Roohi’s doctoral research in the Coastal Andhra region and among the Telugu diaspora in the USA.
Copyright: National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru; Mahua Media, Hyderabad