It is indeed a matter of great pleasure and pride that the First International Conference on Tamil Diaspora is going to be held in Mauritius in July 2014 and that the Tamil community of Mauritius has the privilege to host this historic event in this sylvan land with nature’s plenty. This international conclave is the first effort to pool together the Tamil Diaspora living in distant lands and promote not only academic dialogue but also solidarity and mutual understanding among them.
The Tamil Diaspora is a vibrant group of people of Indian and Sri Lankan origin who live with a spirit of oneness even though separated geographically by large distances throughout the world. They share a common heritage which is very unique and antique with a rich tradition of culture, great legacy of linguistic achievements, religious marvels and artistic heights. They are the proud inheritors of a great civilization which has contributed immensely for the enrichment of the human knowledge and the culture of mankind.
We are inaugurating a new chapter in the history of the Tamil Diaspora through this first international meet. Being the first conference, we intend to undertake a systematic survey of the Tamil Diaspora and to study the various aspects of their life style and their struggle to preserve their rich culture in the midst of the composite cultures of the countries where they are living.