The Legacy of Indian Indenture

Historical and Contemporary Aspects of Migration and Diaspora

Author: Maurits S. Hassankhan,Lomarsh Roopnarine,Hans Ramsoedh

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1351986848


Page: 306

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This book is the second publication originating from the conference Legacy of Slavery and Indentured Labour: Past, present and future, which was organised in June 2013, by the Institute of Graduate Studies and Research (IGSR), Anton de Kom University of Suriname. The articles are grouped in four sections. Section one concentrates on indenture in the Caribbean and the IndianOcean and includes four diverse, but inter-related chapters and contributions. These reveal some newly- emerging, impressive trends in the study of indenture, essentially departing from the over used neo-slave scholarship. Not only are new concepts explored and analysed, but this section also raises unavoidable questions on previously published studies on indenture. Section two shows that there are many areas that need to be re-examined and explored in the study of indenture. The chapters in this section re-examine personal narratives of indentured labourers, the continuous connection between the Caribbean and India as well as education and Christianization of Indians in Trinidad. The result is impressive. The analysis of personal accounts or voices of indentured servants themselves certainly provides an alternative perception to archival information written mostly by the organizers of indenture. Section three in this volume focuses on ethnicity and politics. In segmented societies like Suriname, Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago institutional politics and political mobilization are mainly ethnically based. In Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana this has led to ethnic and political tensions. These themes are explored in these three articles. Section four addresses health, medicine and spirituality – themes which, until recently, have received little attention. The first article examines the historical impact of colonialism through indentureship, on the health, health alternatives and health preferences of Indo-Trinidadians, from the period between 1845 to the present. The second examines the use of protective talismans by Indian indentured labourers and their descendants. Little or no psychological research has been done on the spiritual world of Indian immigrants, enslaved Africans and their respective descendants, with special reference to the use of talismans.

The Legacy of Indian Indenture

150 Years of Indians in Trinidad

Author: Mahin Gosine,Noor Kumar Mahabir,Dipak Malik

Publisher: N.A


Category: East Indians

Page: 267

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Legacy of Slavery and Indentured Labour

Historical and Contemporary Issues in Suriname and the Caribbean

Author: Maurits S. Hassankhan,Lomarsh Roopnarine,Cheryl White,Radica Mahase

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351986724

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 846

This book is the first publication originating from the conference Legacy of Slavery and Indentured Labour: Past, Present and Future, which was organised in June 2013, by the Institute of Graduate Studies and Research (IGSR), Anton de Kom University of Suriname.
Posted in Social Science

Coolie Woman

The Odyssey of Indenture

Author: Gaiutra Bahadur

Publisher: Hurst Publishers

ISBN: 1849042772

Category: Brahmans

Page: 280

View: 9359

In 1903 a Brahmin woman sailed from India to Guyana as a ‘coolie’, the name the British gave to the million indentured labourers they recruited for sugar plantations worldwide after slavery ended. The woman, who claimed no husband, was pregnant and travelling alone. A century later, her great-granddaughter embarks on a journey into the past, hoping to solve a mystery: what made her leave her country? And had she also left behind a man? Gaiutra Bahadur, an American journalist, pursues traces of her great-grandmother over three continents. She also excavates the repressed history of some quarter of a million female coolies. Disparaged as fallen, many were runaways, widows or outcasts, and many migrated alone. Coolie Woman chronicles their epic passage from Calcutta to the Caribbean, from departures akin either to kidnap or escape, through sea voyages rife with sexploitation, to new worlds where women were in short supply. When they exercised the power this gave them, some fell victim to the machete, in brutal attacks, often fatal, by men whom they spurned. Sex with overseers both empowered and imperiled other women, in equal measure. It also precipitated uprisings, as a struggle between Indian men and their women intersected with one between coolies and their overlords.
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The Subaltern Indian Woman

Domination and Social Degradation

Author: Prem Misir

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9811051666

Category: Social Science

Page: 292

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This book focuses on subjugated indentured Indian women, who are constantly faced with race, gender, caste, and class oppression and inequality on overseas European-owned plantations, but who are also armed with latent links to the women’s abolition movements in the homeland. Also examining their post-indenture life, it employs a paradigm of male-dominated Indian women in India at the margins of an enduringly patriarchal society, a persisting backdrop to the huge 19th century post-slavery movement of the agricultural indentured workforce drawn largely from India. This book depicts the antithetical and contradictory explanations for the indentured Indian women’s cries, degradation and dehumanization and how the politics of change and control impacted their social organization and its legacy. The book owes its origins to the 2017 centennial commemorative event celebrating 100 years of the abolition of the indenture system of Indian labor that victimized and dehumanized Indians from 1834 through 1917.
Posted in Social Science

Social and Cultural Dimensions of Indian Indentured Labour and Its Diaspora

Past and Present

Author: Maurits S. Hassankhan,Lomarsh Roopnarine,Radica Mahase

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1351985906


Page: 374

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This book is the third publication originating from the conference Legacy of Slavery and Indentured Labour: Past, present and future, which was organised in June 2013 by the Institute of Graduate Studies and Research (IGSR), Anton de Kom University of Suriname.


Author: Marina Carter

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 1843310031

Category: History

Page: 243

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A deconstruction of the stereotypical depictions of the coolie in the British Empire.
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Coolies of the Empire

Author: Ashutosh Kumar

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107147956

Category: History

Page: 340

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This book studies Indian overseas labour migration in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, which involved millions of Indians traversing the globe in the age of Empire, subsequent to the abolition of slavery in 1833. This migration led to the presence of Indians and their culture being felt all over the world. This study delves deep into the lives of these indentured workers from India who called themselves girmitiyas; it is a narrative of their experiences in India and in the sugar colonies abroad. It foregrounds the alternative world view of the girmitiyas, and their socio-cultural and religious life in the colonies. In this book, the author has developed highly original insights into the experience of colonial indentured migrant labour, describing the ways in which migrants managed to survive and even flourish within the interstices of the indentured labour system and how considerably the experience of migration changed over time.
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Tears in Paradise

Unveiled : Suffering and Struggles of Indians in Fiji 1879 - 2004

Author: Rajendra Prasad

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780473114565

Category: East Indians

Page: 296

View: 8652

Revised Edition. TEARS IN PARADISE, extensively researched and eloquently written, is the history of our forefathers who were brought under the infamous indentured labour system to Fiji by the British Colonial authorities from 1879 to 1916. The saga of these young, mostly illiterate, simple rural folks, lured by false promises of an ever-elusive 'Paradise', needs to be read and remembered. The author has done a remarkable task of compiling the story of this Indian Diaspora, people defenceless under an alien and systematically inhumane system, yet preserving their culture while creating the wealth and beauty of the land they made their home.
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Lutchmee and Dilloo

A Story of West Indian Life

Author: John Edward Jenkins

Publisher: N.A


Category: Labor

Page: N.A

View: 2575

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Those That Be in Bondage

A Tale of Indian Indentures and Sunlit Western Waters

Author: Albert Raymond Forbes Webber

Publisher: N.A


Category: Trinidad and Tobago

Page: 236

View: 2790

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Indentured Muslims in the Diaspora

Identity and Belonging of Minority Groups in Plural Societies

Author: Maurits S. Hassankhan,Goolam Vahed,Lomarsh Roopnarine

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1351986872


Page: 348

View: 8719

This is the fourth publication originating from the conference Legacy of Slavery and Indentured Labour: Past, Present and Future, which was organised in June 2013 by the Institute of Graduate Studies and Research (IGSR), Anton de Kom University of Suriname. The core of the book is based on a conference panel which focused specifically on the experience of Muslim with indentured migrants and their descendants. This is a significant contribution since the focus of most studies on Indian indenture has been almost exclusively on Hindu religion and culture, even though an estimated seventeen percent of migrants were Muslims. This book thus fills an important gap in the indentured historiography, both to understand that past as well as to make sense of the present, when Muslim identities are undergoing rapid changes in response to both local and global realities. The book includes a chapter on the experiences of Muslim indentured immigrants of Indonesian descent who settled in Suriname. The core questions in the study are as follows: What role did Islam play in the lives of (Indian) Muslim migrants in their new settings during indenture and in the post-indenture period? How did Islam help migrants adapt and acculturate to their new environment? What have been the similarities and differences in practices, traditions and beliefs between Muslim communities in the different countries and between them and the country of origin? How have Islamic practices and Muslim identities transformed over time? What role does Islam play in the Muslims’ lives in these countries in the contemporary period? In order to respond to these questions, this book examines the historic place of Islam in migrants’ place of origin and provides a series of case studies that focus on the various countries to which the indentured Indians migrated, such as Mauritius, South Africa, Guyana, Trinidad, Suriname and Fiji, to understand the institutionalisation of Islam in these settings and the actual lived experience of Muslims which is culturally and historically specific, bound by the circumstances of individuals’ location in time and space. The chapters in this volume also provide a snapshot of the diversity and similarity of lived Muslim experiences.

Slaves, Freedmen and Indentured Laborers in Colonial Mauritius

Author: Richard B. Allen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521641258

Category: History

Page: 221

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A social and economic history of Mauritius of interest to scholars of slavery and plantation systems, first published in 1999.
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Legacies of British Slave-ownership

Author: Catherine Hall,Nicholas Draper, 1958-,Keith McClelland,Nick Draper,Kate Donington,Rachel Lang

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107040051

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 338

View: 8032

This book puts the legacies of slavery squarely back into modern British history.
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Inside Indian Indenture

A South African Story, 1860-1914

Author: Ashwin Desai,Goolam H. Vahed

Publisher: Human Sciences Research

ISBN: 9780796922441

Category: History

Page: 492

View: 8059

Inside Indian Indenture is a timely and monumental work which makes a significant contribution to our understanding of South African Indian history. It tells a story about the many beginnings and multiple journeys that made up the indentured experience. The authors seek to trespass directly into the lives of the indentured themselves. They explore the terrain of the everyday by focusing on religious and cultural expressions, leisure activities, power relations on the plantations, the weapons of resistance and forms of collaboration that were developed in conflicts with the colonial overlords. Fascinating accounts brimming with desire, skulduggery and tender mercies, as much as with oppression and exploitation, show that the indentured were as much agents as they were victims and silent witnesses.
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Scars of Partition

Postcolonial Legacies in French and British Borderlands

Author: William F.S. Miles

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803248326

Category: Political Science

Page: 365

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Based on three decades of fieldwork throughout the developing world, Scars of Partition is the first book to systematically evaluate the long-term implications of French and British styles of colonialism and decolonization for ordinary people throughout the so-called Third World. It pays particular attention to the contemporary legacies of artificial boundaries superimposed by Britain and France that continue to divide indigenous peoples into separate postcolonial states. In so doing, it uniquely illustrates how the distinctive stamps of France and Britain continue to mark daily life along and behind these inherited borders in Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Caribbean. Scars of Partition draws on political science, anthropology, history, and geography to examine six cases of indigenous, indentured, and enslaved peoples partitioned by colonialism in West Africa, West Indies, South Pacific, Southeast Asia, South India, and the Indian Ocean. William F. S. Miles demonstrates that sovereign nations throughout the developing world, despite basic differences in culture, geography, and politics, still bear the underlying imprint of their colonial pasts. Disentangling and appreciating these embedded colonial legacies is critical to achieving full decolonization—particularly in their borderlands.
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We Mark Your Memory

Writings from the Descendants of Indenture

Author: David Dabydeen,Maria del Pilar Kaladeen,Professor of Music Tina K Ramnarine

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781912250073


Page: 202

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To mark the centenary of the abolition of indenture in the British Empire (2017-2020), a groundbreaking new anthology brings together writing by descendants of indentured labourers from across the Commonwealth. Through the mediums of poetry, short stories and essays, the book explores - for the first time - the controversial legacy of indenture.
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At the Limits of Memory

Legacies of Slavery in the Francophone World

Author: Nicola Frith,Kate Hodgson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1781381593

Category: France

Page: 256

View: 2678

Reflects on contemporary commemorative practices relating to the history of slavery and the slave trade, questioning how they function in relationship to other, less memorialized histories of exploitation such as indentured and forced labor.
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