AIP Christmas #8: Anglo-Indians, who are they?

This post is part of the Anglo-Indian Project Christmas series 2016.


Anglo-Indian’s have a long, rich history which emerged during European occupancy in India. Typically, an Anglo-Indian is a person of mixed Indian and British ancestry, but it’s not that simple.

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: Anglo-Indians

  • Generous
  • Gifting
  • Caring
  • Grit and Determination
  • Resilience
  • Loving
  • Family
  • Modesty 

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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4 thoughts on “AIP Christmas #8: Anglo-Indians, who are they?

  1. And a great job you are doing in keeping that fire burning Dan. I am really enjoying reading this Christmas series as the small posts are filling in some of the gaps around the AIP.

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