Slavery theory goes out of indenture definition

The Girmit narrative is no longer concerned with the grand moral questions of indenture, with questions of right and wrong, and with apportioning blame. Among a newer generation of scholars, the appeal of the ‘Tinker’ thesis has dimmed. The latest dissension from the slavery thesis comes from Trinidad’s Gerard Tikasingh who rejects ‘the mythic ideas that indentured immigration was some…

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Efforts to retrace South Indian roots continue

Indenture everywhere involved rupture and reconstitution but its pace and pattern differed from place to place. The fragments of ancestral culture that the migrants brought with them were lost quicker in some places than in others. Western values and practices were introduced and embraced or adapted in different places to different degrees. The patterns of change depended on a number…

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Hard labour hardens migrants

“It is suggested that the strata from which most of them originated were increasingly being subjected to unprecedented changes brought about by British penetration of Indian agrarian society,” he said in his book, ‘Girmityas: The Origin of the Fiji Indians.’ The book not only explores the origin of the indentured labourers but also dwells into their working conditions, their loss…

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Promise of equality holds the nation

One of the most important reasons for people’s acceptance of Fiji’s Interim Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama is his promise to change the political and social landscape of the country forever. His ‘One-Vote- for all’ policy, ending the erstwhile system that discriminated against non-ethnic Fijians and other social ills have earned wide acceptance. The country has also been subject to…

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