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Indentured Indians Brought a Hidden Cosmic message- By Veda NathMohabir

Indentured Indians Brought a Hidden Cosmic message.

(The Sacred Number 108, embedded in the Mala)

 by: Veda NathMohabir

 Brief retrospective on early Indian Indentureship

Indo-Caribbeans in the 19th century celebrating the Indian culture in West Indies

Indo-Caribbeans in the 19th century celebrating the Indian culture in West Indies (Wikipedia)

 The month of May is the anniversary for the arrival of East Indians in the Caribbean region and the Guianas – British Guiana, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, the Windward Islands, St. Croix (Danish) and Guadeloupe and Martinique (French) – Belize, Dutch Guiana and French Guiana.They first arrived in British Guiana, on May 5, 1838 as an experiment to replace African slave labour after emancipation. Between 1838 to 1917 over one-half million (543,218) of indentured labourers from India, pejoratively called “Bound Coolies”, would arrive in the region.

Social and economic conditions in India were drivers to emigrate. Significantly, as well, famines engineered by the colonial government in India for the sake of profit: by switching cultivation from food production to Indigo and Poppy and other cash crops for export; and punishing high taxes (called tributes), as high as 50% of the peasants’ crops, resulted in less food production to feed the population. Untimely monsoon rains, hence drought, exacerbated the already reduced food production.

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