This post is part of the Anglo-Indian Project Christmas series 2016.
The Indian legal definition states that an ‘Anglo-Indian’ must descend from a European forefather, not from a European maternal line. A child born to an Anglo-Indian father ‘habitually resident’ in India is also Anglo-Indian.
It’s problematic to define a person based on collective characteristics, aggregated demographics or political definitions; considering the context is critical. Some characteristics used in relation to Anglo-Indians include:
- Grit and Determination
Whilst not an exhaustive account, the welcoming spirit and resilience of Anglo-Indian’s is clear. Some have described Anglo-Indians as ‘quite the saddest result of British imperialism’. Others have suggested that the community is dying out.
The Anglo-Indian Project aims to keep the fire burning and celebrate Anglo-Indians globally.
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