ERIC Number: ED181138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes of Overseas Indians in the USA Toward the Emergency and Janata Party Policies: Some Empirical Findings.
Mohapatra, Manindra Kumar
Unofficial estimates suggest that there are a quarter million people of East Indian origin in the United States. This paper focuses on the attitudes of these overseas Indians toward public policy priorities in India. A sample of 1129 people of East Indian origin listed in an ethnic biographical dictionary were mailed a 96-item comprehensive questionnaire. A total of 213 usable questionnaires indicating high, medium, and low priority for specific areas were returned. Tentative conclusions reported include: (1) most overseas Indians do not accord high priority to policy areas relating to freedom of the press and human rights--population control, food production, energy resources, and poverty eradication are of greater concern; (2) the controversial nuclear energy development policy of the Indian government has a very low priority; (3) partisan support among the overseas Indians seems to be associated with their attitudes toward policy priorities in certain areas, but caste origin is clearly a significant correlate. (Author/RLV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Old Dominion Univ., Norfolk, VA. Dept. of Political Science.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies (30th, Chicago, IL, March 31-April 2, 1978)