The Loss of Community Among Anglo-Indians in Indian Hill Stations: The Dehra Dun Case

R. Dean Wright


AUTHORS NOTE: The following piece is based upon a continuation of my research about the Anglo-Indian community of India. If the reader has examined any of those articles he or she will note several common threads concerning the present and future of the group. This manuscript is based upon observations and interviews conducted in Dehra Dun, one of the hill stations in the lower Himalayan Mountains to the north and east of Delhi. When there, during the mid-1990s, I resided in a private school that focused on teaching and training young men in the traditional subjects that would prepare them for careers in government and/or commerce, or perhaps admission to one of the better colleges and universities of the west. It was in that context that my guide introduced me to and led me into the homes of many members of the Anglo-Indian community in and around Dehra Dun. I would like to thank my guide, Aubrey Lund, who provided me with the opportunity to meet, observe, and interview many Anglo-Indians in the Dehra Dun community. His sincerity and skill will always be appreciated. I have not provided the names of my respondents within this manuscript since in most instances they requested that they remain without identity. Without their willingness to open their homes and their personal stories would have prevented my having a better understanding of them and their community. I thank them all.

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