Discussing the Living Conditions of the Indians Emigrants (1879 – 1916)

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017

I  have read a lot of literature by historians, and came across the writing of JW Burton through books and articles written by, Dr Brij Lal, Andrew Thornley, Ken Gillion, Dr Ahmed Ali, Rajendra Prasad (NZ), Dr Satish Rai, and Thakur Ranjit Singh.  This discussion is based on the works of authors/historians mentioned here and also that of JW Burton.  Burton is known as the whistle blower on the Indian indenture in Fiji.  I am sure many of you...

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Indentured Labourers: Women

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017

Excerpts from the “Girmitiyas: The Origins of the Fiji Indians”  book by Dr. Brij Lal, Professor of History at the Australian National University  Women INDENTURED women, especially those in Fiji, unwittingly played a very large part in the movement to abolish the indenture system. The Indian public had for a long time been aware of the sorry plight of the Indian labourers overseas, but it was the news of the molestation and abuse of Indian...

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Why Girmit?

Posted by on May 6, 2016

The purpose of establishing informational websites, blogs, forums and publishing books, articles and research is firstly because the people doing this is not only interested in history, but it’s a personal choice; because it’s important to them. For many of us, and I am saying this from my discussions with many people that they want to know more about the sacrifices, hardships and the lives of our forebears so that they can ensure that they...

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Share, Treasure and Respect

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014

The Girmitiyas who left India between 1879 and 1916 most likely did that in search of a better life, many hoped to get away from Indian famines that ravaged the country in the 19th Century; while others were tricked into a better future by the Recruiters. They left in groups of family members, while some left alone. Under economic stress, people on the move did not record a great deal of family history information in India. Oral histories have...

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14 May 2014

Posted by on May 14, 2014

14 May 2014, it been 135 years, and we pay tribute to over 60,500* Girmitiyas, of Fiji. A day to reflect, respect and honour the thousands of people who came to Fiji between 1879 and 1916 in the 87 voyages from Calcutta and Madras. Every year on this day, I have requested every Fiji Indian to share, document history, and to do their part so that our rich history is not forgotten. Needless to say the many articles and social media posts, by the...

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Rajendra Prasad’s – Tears in Paradise

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013

Rajendra Prasad’s Tears in Paradise is now available at Amazon as an ebook for your Kindle or Kindle App on your iOS or Android devices. I was very impressed with the Kindle edition of this book – the most convenient part is that I can flip to any page and read any bit as and when I want on my iPad. I must admit that although I am bit believer of hard copy books, ebooks has made things a bit more easier for someone like me who...

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