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We have been inviting older folks - supported by their children and grandchildren - to share their personal stories about their life experiences in the 1940s, about 20 years after Indian indentureship officially ended in 1920. Historically, the actual voices of living elders are often unrecognised, underrepresented, unheard and undocumented in many research collections in the Caribbean and the wider Indian Diaspora. In this respect, Noor Kumar Mahabir’s book (1985) entitled The Still Cry: Personal Accounts of East Indians in Trinidad and Tobago During Indentureship, 1845-1917 is a rare, and unique exception.
“Most of our remote and so much of our recent pasts are not documented and, therefore lie outside the purview of mainline history. We must in that case devise other methods, based on different perspectives of history, to reconstruct such pasts to suit our purposes, including those of maintaining the depths of our roots and the strengthening of our autonomous identities. We have to bequeath to future generations more memories of our recent past and our present than we ourselves remember of our remote pasts. We must remember and reconstruct as much of our pasts as we can to present to the future.” - Epeli Hau’ofa, “Pasts to Remember,” 2000.
Please join us THIS SUNDAY for the 131st weekly ICC (+AGI) ZOOM Public Meeting, December 4, 2022 at (1.00 p.m. Belize), (2.00 p.m. New York/Eastern time), (3.00 p.m. Trinidad/Atlantic time), (3.00 p.m. Guyana), (4.00 p.m. Suriname), (7.00 p.m. England), (9.00 p.m. South Africa), (Sun 12 midnight, India, ND), (Mon 7.00 a.m. Fiji).
LIVE Conversations with Indian Elders in the Diaspora about long time days – Part 3
KASTHURIE CHETTY REDDY, 80 - Studied nursing in Scotland and worked in a private hospital in Durban, South Africa. Yoga teacher. Researching the indenture history of her grandmother (thestoryofrajwantia.com)
ZARINA YUSUF MOHAMMED, 92 - Attended St. Joseph’s Convent, Trinidad. Worked as a librarian. Founding member of the San Fernando Muslim Women’s Association in which she held the Presidency for 23 years.
BASDAYE SOOKRAM, 87 - Married at the age of 15. Speaks English and some Hindi.
Worked at Orange Sugar Estate, Tacarigua, Trinidad. Has six live grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
SHAHEED MOHAMMED, 86 - A farmer for most of his life, rearing animals and cultivating cocoa, sugar cane, hill rice, lagoon rice, tobacco and short crops. Also a heavy equipment operator.
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