Category Archives: Indian Arrival Day Magazine

Indian Arrival Day commemorative magazine 2010

Glimpses of indentureship: Traditional culture and agriculture in Kernahan Village in Nariva.

The theme of this year’s edition of the magazine is “Glimpses of indentureship: Traditional culture and agriculture in Kernahan Village in Nariva.” Kernahan is located off the Manzanilla Road near Mayaro. It is estimated that there are approximately 60 households in the isolated village that is almost exclusively populated by people of East Indian descent. The villagers were predominantly Hindus, but the majority of them have converted to the Pentecostal faith. There are now two churches and one Hindu-based Sai Baba Centre. Most of the inhabitants catch conch and cascadura and cultivate short-term cash crops such as watermelons for their livelihood. While there is a community centre and a kindergarten, the area is not served by a public school. Electricity was introduced in 2000, but the area is yet to be served with pipe borne-water. The quality of life and living conditions have improved considerably in Kernahan since the first settlers came mainly from Penal in the 1960s.

June 2010. 11 x 8½ inches. ISSN 1683-4143
Glossy pages and cover.
72 pages with advertisements and articles.
Available through mail service ONLY.

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Indian Arrival Day commemorative magazine 2009

A pictorial survey of books on indentureship in the Caribbean

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Indo-Caribbean Cultural Council (ICC) is proud to announce the publication of its latest magazine commemorating Indian Heritage Month (May 2009) in Trinidad and Tobago (Caribbean). The theme of the magazine which marks the arrival of East Indians/South Asians from India to Trinidad during indentureship (1845-1917) is “A pictorial survey of books on indentureship in the Caribbean.”

This glossy magazine in full colour highlights the first book on the subject that was written by Joseph Beaumont and published in 1871. It is entitled The New Slavery: An Account of the Indian and Chinese Immigrants in British Guiana. About 80 years later, the second non-fiction book was written by Dwarka Nath and published in 1950, entitled A History of Indians in British Guiana. Since then about 83 books have been published on the subject, mainly by Indians in the Diaspora, some of them being women. Eight of these are works of fiction.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • About Indian Arrival Day in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Editorial: A pictorial survey of books on indentureship in the Caribbean.
  • Greetings from the Minister of Community Development, Culture & Gender Affairs, The Honourable Marlene Mc Donald
  • Greetings from the High Commissioner of India, Mr. Malay Mishra
  • A Question of Labour: Indentured Immigration into Trinidad and British Guiana 1875-1917 by K.O. Laurence
  • Autobiography of an Indian Indentured Labourer: Munshi Rahman Khan (1874-1972) by Jeevan Prakash. Book Review by Victor Van Bijlert
  • Benevolent Neutrality: Indian Government Policy and Labour Migration to British Guiana 1854-1884 by Basdeo Mangru
  • Bechu: ‘Bound Coolie’ Radical in British Guiana 1894 – 1901 by Clem Seecharan
  • A History of East Indian Resistance on the Guyana Sugar Estates: 1869-1948 by Basdeo Mangru
  • From Caste to Class: The Social Mobility of the Indo-Trinidadian Community, 1870-1917 by E.B. Rosabelle Seesaran
  • Centenary Celebration of the Arrival of Indians to British Guiana (1838-1938): The British Guiana East Indian Association (BGEIA) Introductory essay by Baytoram Ramharack
  • East Indians in the Caribbean: An Illustrated History by Florence Pariag
  • Immigrant #99840 and Canecutter #7074: The Story of an East Indian Family in Guyana by Lal Balkaran
  • Transients to Settlers: The Experience of Indians in Jamaica, 1845-1950 by Verene Shepherd
  • Indentured Indians by Suresh Pillai Continue reading

Indian Arrival Day commemorative magazine 2008

Heritage Tourism: Indian heritage and sacred sites in Trinidad

indianarrival-2008Indo-Caribbean Cultural Council (ICC) is proud to announce the publication of its latest magazine commemorating Indian Heritage Month (May 2008) in Trinidad and Tobago (Caribbean). The theme of the magazine which marks the arrival of East Indians/South Asians from India to Trinidad during indentureship (1845-1917) is “Heritage Tourism: Indian heritage and sacred sites in Trinidad.”

This glossy magazine in full colour highlights significant places, built structures and land formations that Indians consider to be particularly historical or sacred to them in multi-ethnic Trinidad. These sites include three temples, three secular buildings, a mosque, a church, a cave, a rock, a volcano, a river, a beach, a massacre site, a cremation ground, and Nelson Island. Though these designated sites and architectural monuments bear special meaning to Indians, they exhibit outstanding values that are universal to all mankind. These sites have become popular destinations to local visitors and can be marketed to attract tourists.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • About Indian Arrival Day in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Editorial: Indian heritage and sacred sites in Trinidad
  • Greetings from Prime Minister Patrick Manning
  • The Light House in Port of Spain
  • Nelson Island Continue reading

Indian Arrival Day commemorative magazine 2007

indian-arrival-day-2007Indian indentureship on cocoa, coconut and rubber plantations in Trinidad

It is not well known today that South Asian/East Indian immigrants were indentured on estates other than sugarcane plantations. When the price of sugar in the world market fell in the mid-1880s, cocoa, coconut and rubber became alternative crops cultivated for export. Cocoa surpassed sugar as the most valuable export crop in Trinidad during, and just after Indentureship, and Indians were at the forefront of this agricultural enterprise. Indians worked in cocoa estates in Diego Martin, Lopinot, Sangre Grande, Grand Couva, Oropouche, Siparia, Fyzabad and Avocat. In 1920, cocoa beans made up about 43 percent of the British colony’s total export.

From World War 1 (1914-1918) until 1921, copra [from coconut] prices rose rapidly and production doubled with the additional labour of Indians. They worked on coconut estates in Cocal and Ortoire along the Manzanilla-Mayaro Road, and Cedros and Icacos in the south-west peninsula of the island. A few hundred Indians were also indentured on rubber estates in Trinidad, and perhaps Guyana. As early as 1910, about 3000 acres of land were grown with Castilloa rubber mainly in Rio Claro. Later, the Para [Hevea Brasiliensis] variety was cultivated in Talparo, Ecclesville, Phoenix, Guayabe, Vessigny, Biche, Matura and Sangre Grande.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Indian indentureship on Cocoa, Rubber and Coconut Plantations: Editorial Dr Kumar Mahabir
  • Greetings from the High Commissioner of India: His Excellency Jagit Singh Sapra
  • Greetings from the High Commissioner of Britain: His Excellency Eric Jenkinson
  • Indians absconded to work in cocoa plantations: Cocoa and Indian Indentured labourer
  • Indians were the pioneers in this agricultural enterprise: Cocoa and Indian Indentured labourer
  • The rate of squatting on Crown lands was increasing: Cocoa and Indian Indentured labourer
  • Indians from the first immigrant ship were indentured in Lopinot: Cocoa and Indian Indentured labourer Continue reading

Indian Arrival Day commemorative magazine 2006

Caribbean Indians in Cinema

Indo-Caribbean Cultural Council (ICC) is proud to announce the publication of its latest magazine commemorating Indian Heritage Month (May 2005) in Trinidad and Tobago (Caribbean). The theme of the magazine which marks the arrival of East Indians/South Asians from India to Trinidad during indentureship (1845-1917) is Caribbean Indian actors in cinematic movies

The magazine presents still pictures from cinematic movies in which Indian actors and actresses have starred. It highlights Indians in movies made in the Caribbean, England and Hollywood from 1964 to the present time. The magazine begins with the young Basdeo Panday in three British-produced movies: Nine Hours to Rama (1963), Man in the Middle (1964), and The Brigand of Kandahar (1965). It also captures shots of Ralph Maraj in The Right and the Wrong (1970), The Caribbean Fox (1970) and Bim (1974). It features Errol Sitahal in three Hollywood films: A Little Princess (1995), Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) and Tommy Boy (1995). And it takes snapshots of a host of other performers, most of whom have appeared in The Mystic Masseur (2001). It is important to celebrate these individuals because they have struggled against tremendous odds as ethnic minorities to achieve visibility and stardom on the sliver screen.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • About Indian Arrival Day in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Caribbean Indian actors in cinematic movies [editorial] By Dr. Kumar Mahabir
  • Greetings from the Prime Minister By the Honourable Patrick Manning
  • Nine Hours to Rama – Basdeo Panday as a laundryman
  • Man in the Middle – Basdeo Panday as an Indian journalist
  • Man in the Middle – Basdeo Panday’s career as an actor Continue reading

Indian Arrival Day commemorative magazine 2005

East Indian/South Asian Artifacts in the Caribbean

Indo-Caribbean Cultural Council (ICC) wishes to announce the publication of its latest magazine commemorating Indian Heritage Month (May 2005) in Trinidad and Tobago (Caribbean). The theme of the magazine which marks the arrival of East Indians/South Asians from India to Trinidad during indentureship (1845-1917) is Indian artifacts in the Caribbean.

Artifacts are old, broken or discarded objects such as musical instruments, cooking utensils, household items, ritual paraphernalia, old tools, etc. that have been used by past generations. The magazine carries photographs of these recovered material remains, and describes and analyses them in relation to their uses. The objective of selecting this theme is to illustrate how non-textual sources of information can also be used to re-construct the history of Indian immigrants in the Caribbean.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Artifacts as sources of history [editorial] By Dr. Kumar Mahabir
  • Greetings from the Prime Minister By the Honourable Patrick Manning
  • Greetings from the Minister of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs By the Honourable Joan Yuille-Williams
  • Greetings from his the High Commissioner of India By Excellency Virendra Gupta
  • The material culture of indentured Indians in Trinidad Continue reading

Indian Arrival Day commemorative magazine 2004

The massacre of Indians in the 1884 Hosay

On October 30, 1884, 22 Indians were killed and over 100 were injured in a hail of police bullets fired at a Hosay procession in San Fernando, Trinidad. The nation was stunned in disbelief. This tragedy is described by historian Dr. Kelvin Singh as the bloodiest event of British rule in colonial Trinidad. In the wake of industrial strikes in Trinidad in the 1880s, the colonial authorities had set about to prevent the continuance of Hosay/Muharram as a grand, island-wide multi-racial procession led by Indians. The latest petition restricting the staging of Hosay was met with dismay and indignation. Armed with courage and determination, indentured Indian celebrants ignored the ban and took to the streets in their annual religious procession. Their resistance was met with batons and bullets from British soldiers and marines.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • The 1884 massacre of Indians [editorial]
  • Greetings from the Prime Minister By the Honourable Patrick Manning
  • Greetings from the Minister of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs By the Honourable Joan Yuille-Williams
  • Greetings from his The High Commissioner of India By Excellency Virendra Gupta
  • The Hosay massacre – commemorating Indian martyrdom By Dr. Kumar Mahabir
  • Testimonies from court records of the 1884 Hosay massacre [Colonial court transcripts] Continue reading