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The Hindus of the Caribbean: An Appreciation – by Murali Balaji

The Hindus of the Caribbean: An Appreciation

Posted: 02/13/2015 2:33 pm EST –  – Director of Education and Curriculum Reform, Hindu American Foundation – HuffingtonPost.com

Nataraja Hinduism symbolOn May 5, 1838, the Whitby, a British ship docked in British Guiana (now known as Guyana) with 249 human cargo after a nearly three-month voyage from the Port of Calcutta in India. Along the way, many of those on board were abused by the ship’s crew, and five died.

The Whitby was the first of many chartered ships that would bring Indians — mostly poor Hindus from rural northern India — to work on the sugar cane plantations in the British West Indies. Over the next 80 years, more than 500,000 Indians would make the trip to the Caribbean as indentured servants, primarily to places such as Guyana and Trinidad. Their story — shaped by the trauma of Transatlantic migration, struggles in a new environment, and eventually the triumph of forging a distinct identity — continues to be an overlooked part of colonial history.  Continue reading

Research study: The impact of migration on the reproductive health of women – HELP!

Research study: The impact of migration on the reproductive health of women – HELP!

From: Shamelle Richards: shamelle@uw.edu

 To Guyanese Online: 

Thank you for your help! It is deeply appreciated.

Here is the basic introduction to my project:

I am an undergraduate student researcher in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington. My specialization is medical anthropology.

I am currently looking for participants for a research study examining the impact of migration on the reproductive health of women from the English-speaking Caribbean. Studies have shown that immigrants from the non-Hispanic Caribbean have some of the worst pregnancy-related reproductive health outcomes, including an increased risk for pre-term births, low birth weight infants, and gestational diabetes. Women from Guyana and Trinidad are particularly vulnerable.  Continue reading

Hindu Communities in Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad, South Africa, Fiji, and East Africa

New Homelands: Hindu Communities in Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad, South Africa, Fiji, and East Africa

Book  305 pages – By Paul Younger
Book cover New Homelands: Hindu Communities in Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad, South Africa, Fiji, and East Africa

When the colonial slave trade, and then slavery itself, were abolished early in the 19th century, the British empire brazenly set up a new system of trade using Indian rather than African laborers. The new system of “indentured” labor was supposed to be different from slavery because the indenture, or contract, was written for an initial period of five years and involved fixed wages and some specified conditions of work.
From the workers’ point of view, the one redeeming feature of the system was that most of their workmates spoke their language and came from the same area of India. Because this allowed them to develop some sense of community, by the end of the initial five years most of the Indian laborers chose to stay in the land to which they had been taken. In time that land became the place in which they joined with others to build a new homeland.
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Christmas – Calypso Soca Parang Mix from Trinidad – music

-  More  Kaiso – Parang for Christmas…

Listen- Enjoy! …. and pass it on….     

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Top 6 countries that grew rich by enslaving black people



 October 27, 2013  –  By Atlanta Black Star staff

The United States of America

Enslaved Blacks picking cotton

Their unpaid labor created the fabulous wealth that is traded here (below).

Slavery transformed America into an economic power. The exploitation of Black people for free labor made the South the richest and most politically powerful region in the country. British demand for American cotton made the southern stretch of the Mississippi River the Silicon Valley of its era, boasting the single largest concentration of the nation’s millionaires.

But slavery was a national enterprise. Many firms on Wall Street, such as JPMorgan Chase, New York Life and now-defunct Lehman Brothers, made fortunes from investing in the slave trade, the most profitable economic activity in New York’s 350-year history. Slavery was so important to the city that New York was one of the most pro-slavery urban municipalities in the North.

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Air Travel: Guyana – A debacle of no mean proportions

A debacle of no mean proportions


The Diaspora is still Guyana’s most interesting location. These are the people who seem to be paying more interest in the country than even many of the people who reside within its borders. No longer must they rely on the letters and telephone conversations from their relatives and friends back home, they have access to information from numerous quarters.

These are the people who read the newspapers online, follow the various online news links and even listen to the internet radio out of the country. To hear some of them talk about issues, you believe that they actually live in Guyana and have access to the various sources of information.  Continue reading

750 Guyanese deported in 2012

750 Guyanese deported in 2012


The Police today said that 750 Guyanese were deported from various countries last year.

Delivering statistics on a variety of areas, the police said that during 2012, a total of 750 Guyanese nationals were deported from the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Trinidad, Barbados, French Guiana, Suriname, St. Maarten, Curacao, France, Antigua, Jamaica, Holland, Costa Rica, and Spain.           Continue reading

Guyana, Trinidad to partner on several large agriculture estates

Guyana, Trinidad to partner on several large agriculture estates

OCTOBER 3, 2012 | BY  |

Trinidad (CMC – The Trinidad and Tobago government says it ‘is moving to establish” a food security facility with Guyana.

Finance Minister Larry Howai, delivering the TT$58.4 billion (One TT dollar = US$0.16 cents) budget on Monday, said that with agricultural land becoming less and less available in Trinidad and Tobago, the Kamla Persad Bissessar administration is now looking to its fellow Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country to deal with the situation.     Continue reading

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

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Graduation – a story by Ron Persaud


 A Short story by Ron Persaud …  (see bio at end)

 The tension became almost unbearable as Graduation Day arrived and no results had been posted on the bulletin board. All sorts of rumors were going around, even that the ceremony would be postponed. That would have been a big disappointment in many ways; not the least of which was that all the students were going to be gone by next afternoon. (Some Trinidadians were planning to leave immediately after the ceremony). Every student was wilted and weak with nervous anticipation of the worst; but promptly at five o’clock the band and choir from the Mausica Teachers’ Training College led the assembly of Dignitaries, Clergy, Faculty, Students and Invited Guests in a roof raising rendition of the Trinidad National Anthem. Continue reading


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