We collaborate with Indian college teachers and Indian historians who are writing about Descendent of Indian Indenture Labourers in Guyana and other countries. The Indenture Labourers program is not well known in India by the general population and the Indian Ministry of Education plans to implement programs in school to educate students, regarding this part of their history.
There are also Chinese and Japanese university home-stay students who read GNI often, regarding studies in different cultures.
A question that comes up often and would benefit the teacher and university students is :
Which region in Guyana has the highest academic achievement of Indians and what is the reason for this achievement. They know these regions to be, Berbice, East Coast Demerara, Georgetown, West Coast Demerara, Essequibo and the interior of Guyana.
Please, this is discussion for international students and teachers who will read our comments. The manner we portrait our self, will determine how they see us as Guyanese.
Later, they also plan to ask similar questions regarding Afro Guyanese.
Thanks for your comments.
Tols, the head of my company, a global health leader, recently asked me where I'm from. I said Guyana. He said 'my friend Dr. Srinath in Mauritius, his Indian ancestors were shipped there.' I said 'the Europeans took my ancestors from India to work on sugar plantations. Much good came from it. The Indians in Guyana worked hard and suffered many abuses, but their future generations have all excelled, many are in foreign countries, got a good education and are working side by side with the world's greatest minds.'
Leonora, thanks for this information. There is conference soon in Europe regarding Documenting Descendants of Indian Indenture Labourers and reps from Mauritius will be attending. If possible, I would like to contact Dr. Srinath.
We need to document our history or others will continue to take advantage of us as a people. Our family future generations need to know where they came from, or similar to Canada First Nations People who were in residential schools and lost their culture, like the British did to us in Guyana.
This morning I made contact with another GNIer, who will be contacting my college teacher friend and also a college history teacher in India regarding the book she is writing about Descendent of Indian Indenture Labourers and to find his ancestors tribe or caste in India, because documents don't show it clearly. Mauritius and Fiji will also be places the documentation team will be visiting.
What I found interesting while researching my ancestor's history : When they were recruited in India , they were designated for specific sugar cane plantation in BG. Mine went from Odessa directly to Albion in 1872. Where our family in Guyana started.
BTW, I lived in Guyana for only a year after independent .During my years in British Guiana, I witnessed many abuses and suffering created by the overseas plantation managers. I personally experienced many verbal abuse for things beyond my control at work and a hand gun was once placed on my head for something also beyond my control. In Susan Wassermann's film Thunder in Guyana [I believe on Utube] , Janet Jagan's cousin said, Janet even said 'The British were like dogs'. The change for Indians began, when ordinary farming families start educating their children.
I have documented many of my Guyana experiences for my friend's book in India and also for our Canadian children/GC to better understand my life in BG/Guyana.