Reply to "The PPP and Guyanese Indians: Malcolm Harripaul’s masterpiece of political analysis"

caribny posted:

It is clear that the BGEIA did NOT see British Guiana as a multi ethnic/cultural/religious space where various groups should engage in mutually beneficial interactions.  They saw BG as a colony which Indians must numerically dominate.  And there were even wiling to pretend as if horrendous abuse of Indian indentures wasn't occurring.  This so that they could entice more Indians to migrate, not necessarily as indentures.

The British Plantations Owners treated the East Indian Indentured laborers poorly,they had no real representation,up to the early 1920's they were considered to be a inferior race,an Indian on official documents described as "cooly race" .Every East Indian high or low,rich or poor is a "cooly"

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Here is a paragraph taken from The "Report on the SCHEME FOR INDIAN EMIGRATION TO BRITISH GUIANA"

"We asked Mr. Lukhoo in the course of his evidence whether the following statement made by the non-official members of the Imperial Legislative Council in their letter addressed to Sir Barnes, the then Member of the Viceroy Executive Council in 1917" was,true of British Guiana or not,it is known fact that the general body of Europeans in the colonies consider Asiatics as racially and fundamentally inferior to them. When therefore such men obtained privileged control over ,Asiatics, the position of the latter is reduced to that of mere cattle, and even the most humane planter does not succeed lifting his Asiatic employees in the social  and moral scale. Mr. Luckhoo stated "Of course "cattle" is a strong word to use,but that is exactly but that is exactly what is thought of Indians here.He added that Indians were considered to be inferior in intelligence to others,including Africans [ change from the derogatory N word]

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Read and wrote this with a heavy heart,i can picture how my ancestors were treated by the British Colonial Planters.

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