Indian Arrival Day commemorative magazine 2003

History, Culture and Agriculture.

Indo-Caribbean Cultural Council (ICC) wishes to announce the publication of its latest magazine commemorating Indian Heritage Month (May 2003) 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 History, Culture and Agriculture.

On May 30th 1845, the Fatel Rozak docked in the Port of Spain harbour in Trinidad and Tobago with 225 adult passengers onboard. The passengers were immigrants from India who had come to the British colony to work in the sugarcane plantations after the abolition of African slavery. In many ways, they brought India to the Caribbean. They continued with their traditions of Hinduism and Islam, and eventually transformed Trinidad into a colourful cosmopolitan society. Descendants of these Indian immigrants, who now comprise about half of the multi-ethnic society of the island (1.3 million), commemorate the arrival of their ancestors to these shores annually.

Wherever the history of Indians in the Caribbean is written, the one constant factor of their daily lives that persists through time and space is their predisposition to agriculture. The reality is that agriculture, even in its smallest stage, has historically informed the lifestyle of Indians. Even to this day, there is hardly an Indian home that is without flora and fauna derived from the ancestral homeland. The imminent closure of Caroni (1975) Limited ends a long chapter in the cultural history of Indians in Trinidad and Tobago. By June 2003, Caroni is set to become a relic of the past. The agricultural bastion will crumble and give way to an industrial culture through a “voluntary” separation plan for all employees. This change is exceedingly traumatic for all whose navel strings are buried in the sugarcane soil. Such change entails serious social, economic and cultural concerns for the Indians as well as the wider community. Prominent among these concerns is the nation’s future food security. As it stands, the nation’s food import bill already reflects an alarming foreign dependence.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • History, Culture and Agriculture [editorial] By Dr. Kumar Mahabir
  • Greetings from the Prime Minister By The Honourable Patrick Manning
  • Greetings from the Minister of Culture and Tourism By The Honourable Penelope Beckles
  • Celebrating our Indian identity By Vishnu Bissram
  • Opposition against Indian Indentureship By Gerard Besson
  • Animals from India in the Caribbean By Dr Kumar Mahabir
  • Researching our ancestral roots By Ramdath Jagessar
  • Indian culture and agriculture By Lena Chandool
  • Guyana Indian Heritage Month By Guyana Indian Heritage Association (GHIA)
  • Indians in Guadeloupe, West Indies. By Candice Sankersingh
  • Indians dominated running in the 1930s By Satnarayan Jaggernauth
  • An agriculturist by heritage By the Eastern Caribbean Institute of Agriculture and Forestry (ECIAF) Indian women pioneered rice cultivation By Anuradha Joshi
  • The ancient history of Indians in agriculture By D.H. Singh
  • Defining our national identity By Ravi Dev
  • The medicinal uses of amrak/ bilimbi/ cucumber tree By Dr. Kumar Mahabir
  • Building bridges to India By Ramesh Kalicharan
  • Being Indian Abroad By Francois Gautier
  • Medicinal plants used for colds from India By Cheryl Lans
  • The Caroni Crisis By Parsuram Maharaj
  • Simply Indian [poem] By Petamber Persaud
  • The legacy of Caroni canefields By Sat Maharaj
  • Indians and heart disease By Dr. V.S. Rambihar
  • Indian Arrival Day Celebration 2000 [poem] By Rajendaye Ramkissoon-Chen
  • The All Trinidad Sugar and General Workers Trade Union By Ashwani Mahabir
  • The Dhangars who came to the Caribbean By Professor P. K. Misra
  • A documentary film on Indentureship By Suresh Pillai
  • Our immigrant grandmothers By Shanta Ramjattan-Singh
  • Writers and playwrights during Indentureship By Dr. Baytoram Ramharack
  • A vision for Indians in Trinidad By Dr. Kirk Meighoo
  • Certificate of exemption from labour [1919 specimen] By Protector of Immigrants
  • The Trinidad villages of Debe and Penal By Sheila Ramdass
  • The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin [GOPIO] By Ashook Ramsaran
  • Curry Flavour by Lela Manoo-Rahming [book review] By Veronique Bragard
  • The Indian classical singing competition By Ajeet Praimsingh
May-June 2003. 11 x 8 ½ inches. Glossy paper.
64 pages with advertisements and articles.
ISSN 1683-4143

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