The History of Indian Indentureship in the Caribbean

May is East Indian Indentureship month:

The following entry is from the St. Stanislaus College Blog which has a number of informative articles and videos on various subjects.  Their Blog address is here

The History of Indian Indentureship in the Caribbean

 May is Indian Arrival Month in Guyana, Trinidad, and Jamaica. This is a good opportunity to learn more about Indentureship fostered by the British in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries.  This Blog entry lists a number of interesting and in-depth articles as well as a book and several videos on this subject.

East Indian women cooking

Name transformation


Indian Arrival Day


Hindus in Jamaica

Early East Indians of the Caribbean

How Britain re-invented Slavery (6)


India in the Caribbean

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  • needybad4u  On 05/22/2012 at 12:02 am

    Indentureship: Indian Arrival in the Caribbean – crossing the kala pani (dark waters) was a new form of slavery nurtured by British colonialism and the British desperation to replenish labour shortage after the abolition of slavery in 1833. The Africans were leaving plantations, while the Indians were coming corrupted with belly-full lies about a better world. The new diaspora is remarkable after 174 years since the arrival of the Whitby and Hesperus on May 5, 1838.

    I am hoping to share some videos with you on this forum about someone who actually was on a ship that brought Indentured Indians to Guyana.
    ~Leonard Dabydeen

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 05/22/2012 at 7:23 am

    The his story of history will ever haunt the living memories of all the survivors. It was a worse scenario case of being told A and realizing the grim realities of B when you arrived 174 years ago in these distant lands.Economic Survival was the name of the Massay game and unity was the theme of the aliens. His story was my story and so all stories were the same stories. Today we observe the transformation from the belligerence of the Slavery to the emancipation and dash for freedom. There are the symbols and icons of Indentureship and Slavery in each and every country that massay chose to put his chosen slaves and indentured labourers. He stripped them of their values and moulded them anew in the ways of the west. The opposition was spontaneous and vehement and the hate mutually dispensed. Today we stand tall in our oratory when we say “Massay Day Done “WE are our own masters of our own destiny. Politics apart we are we and our culture is what makes us what we are. Some great politician once reminded his flock,”If you know your past you will appreciate your present and you will know where you are going to be in the future,” There can be no past without a present and no future without a past. Live and let live. The memories of Slavery and Indentureship will always remain a blot in the world’s most inhuman practices conducted everywhere by our Massays! Has Massay day really done!

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