Coolies – How Britain reinvented slavery – video

Coolies – How Britain reinvented slavery – video

Watch the 60 minutes documentary here.

Coolies: How Britain Reinvented Slavery tells the astonishing and controversial story of the systematic recruitment and migration of over a million Indians to all corners of the Empire. It is a chapter in colonial history that implicates figures at the very highest level of the British establishment and has defined the demographic shape of the modern world.

Combining archive footage and historical evidence the programme includes interviews with Gandhi’s great-granddaughter, Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie, about Gandhi’s campaign to end indentured labour and David Dabydeen – author and academic – whose great-grandfather was an indentured labourer in British Guyana.

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Comments

  • Ann Kennedy  On September 4, 2010 at 12:43 am

    This was an act that was so humiliating to Indians. I am glad that you showed your videos and hoping that the world would learn from this mess made by the English man. Today they marry us and want to correct the wrong, but how could our ancestors that are still living today, like the old woman in the video forget what was done to them. Some of us got out of it through higher education. We should never forget. We should pray for our offenders.

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