Across the Kalapani is a celebration of the Bihari diaspora. The book analyses the roots of Bihari migration from the 19th century to the present day and assesses the experiences of Biharis in Mauritius where, uniquely in diaspora, they have become crucial power-brokers in this multi-ethnic state. Since Independence, every Prime Minister of Mauritius [bar one power-sharing experiment] has been of Bihari descent. Across the Kalapani brings together academics, activists and artists in a unique exploration of the overseas Biharis. The illustrations, poems and archival sources which have been used in the book provide a new dimension to the story of the Bihari presence in Mauritius.