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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  • Gigi  On June 2, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Fascinating read. and would explain why western culture/civilization always look to eastern religion/philosophy for answers. Three of my favourite authors – Orwell, Huxley, Russell – all embarked on a pilgrimage to India in search of enlightenment? Even Steve Jobs made this fascinating journey. He went on to accept his young death with dignity and grace, rejecting modern medicine in
    favor of holistic and natural end of life approach.

    That India has time and again been able to regain independence throughout its many years of being invaded, successfully and unsuccessfully, by various foreigners attest to the quiet and unwavering strength of its coolie people, the wisdom of its reasoned intellectuals, and the endurance of its cosmic identity. So much to be proud of…

  • Winston Yaw  On June 3, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    What are you proud of, the majority of Indians that were enslaved as indentured labourers were dark skinned untouchables who saw and had no future beyond that which was determined by their so called lords who were fairskinned. The untouchables could not marry outside of their caste if you were proud of that condition then you deserved to be in that position. If you tried to make social connections/ marriage or business out of your caste you were killed period. You were an unwanted bunch of people who were sold off to relieve the overcrowding in a nation that did not appreciate the intellectual potential of its lower classes/castes. You should be proud of the fact that the children of canefield workers became doctors, lawyers, and members of other respected professions, because they didn’t have the bloody caste system hanging over them, not some cockamamy numerology system of numbers.Hard work and education has made the descendants of indentured people successful including whites that endured similar conditions. The elitism practised by our fairer skinned countrymen seems so stupid when held up to the light of logical examination, that one wonders why the darker skinned people who were in the majority never rebelled?

    • Janet  On June 4, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Mr Winston Yaw – with respect you know very little of the caste system in India. The origin of the caste system was an economic division, everyone one had their own specialisation and abilities, so they did the work which they were good at. But if you showed ability of another kind, you could rise to a higher caste. It was not based on colour as in South Africa and the colonies. I would agree that over the years it was abused particularly in the days of the Raj.

  • Thinker  On June 4, 2016 at 3:24 am

    When all is said and done all Indians have a right to be proud of their civilisation and the contributions they have made to the world. Not for anyone else to pontificate on what aspects of religion they should they should be questioning.

  • Janet  On June 4, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Mr Winston Yaw – with respect you know very little of the caste system in India. The origin of the caste system was an economic division, everyone one had their own specialisation and abilities, so they did the work which they were good at. But if you should ability of another kind, you could rise to a higher caste. It was not based on colour as in South Africa and the colonies. I would agree that over the years it was abused particularly in the days of the Raj.

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On June 5, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Normally I ignore bullying and idiotic writings. To paraphrase a profound saying: ‘Why throw out pearls to the crass’. Nevertheless, I make one of the rare exceptions in order to enlighten the under-educated, intolerant bully and agenda-driven Winston Yaw.
    In the first place, what he refers to as ‘cockamamy numerology’ is in fact a mathematical/scientific expression known as fractals. Without saying it (not wanting to be too technical in the article) the number 108 and its factors, especially 9, display fractal properties. Many of these ‘fractals’ reappear in natural phenomema. It just happens that Indians/Hindus (without conventional scientific instruments) determined the pervasiveness of the fractals 108 and 9 in the solar and human systems; along with a credible system of epochs (Yugas) which tally closely to the age of the universe. In fact, when they developed the decimal number system with its 9 digits and zero, they clearly must have noticed the fractal (and ‘self-generating’ quantity) of 9. Without this Indian decimal system Yaw would have been even more under-educated. So, rather than mocking the Indians, he should be thanking them for bringing him numerical enlightenment. But, instead he displays his envy/jealousy of the Indian intellectual ability and achievement.
    This is the same envy/jealousy which Europeans used to concoct an ‘Aryan (white-skinned) Invasion Theory’. So, he is in league with them. The Europeans simply couldn’t accept that brown-skinned people had developed the intellectual capacity to generate an ancient, and extant, high civilization. So, they first chose to claim that they brought civilization to India. When they found the archaelogical evidence that an ancient (millennia-old) civilization in the Indus Valley (recently found to be older than Egypt and Sumerian) already existed (while they, Europeans, were barbarians and hunter-gatherers) they switched to a ‘trickle-in migration into India’ theory. Winston Yaw is still reading outdated textbooks about ‘whites’ in India.
    Really, the white-skinned people in India (aside from evolutionary adaptation in the northern parts) are mainly from invaders. The most notable ones were the fair-skinned (aka ‘white-skinned’) Islamic invaders from the West who ruled and ravaged most of India for close to 1,000 years and then they foolishly invited in the more ‘white’ British East India Co., circa 1600, who then replaced the Islamic overlords for the latter 200 years until 1947.
    In brief, the current caste system (caste from Portuguese/European ‘casta’ = ‘heirarchy by birth right’) was overlaid on the Hindu four varna (social/functional classification). This became mixed with ‘jati’ (family specialization) but was changeable. Then, the British Raj (ruler) via the 19th censuses formally codified the system, formally assigning people to specific fixed ‘castes’.
    Get an education, Winston Yaw, hopefully it would override bully behavior.
    Veda Nath Mohabir

    • Thinker  On June 5, 2016 at 5:43 am

      The crass, aggressive ignorance shown by Yaw has provided us all an opportunity to learn. The one positive.

  • Gigi  On June 5, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    @thinker…Wow, I’m impressed. I never thought I would say this about you.

    @Yaw…why should I not be? I am a child of coolie immigrants who, by the way, exist in ALL societies albeit by different names. My father was an upholsterer and of Portuguese origins, which made him a Portuguese “coolie”. His parents were subject to white class/caste? discrimination by his own race.

    As others here have mentioned, the caste system did not originate with the birth of Indian civilization but was imposed by the British to divide the people, according to my textbook learning. People have been allowed to move up or marry out of their caste based on differing circumstances and this has exploded over the past several years – case in point, Narendra Modi, India’s current Prime Minister who is from a “lower caste” whatever that means. So yes! I am extremely proud of my coolie roots – from India to Portugal.

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