VIDEO RECORDING: Stories from Indian Elders in St. Vincent: Launch of the book by Lenroy Thomas
St. Vincent in the Caribbean has a population of approximately 111,000 persons consisting mainly of persons of African descent. There are small numbers of mixed persons of Carib and African origin, Europeans and East Indians (called Indians).
Mixed People of East Indian descent in St. Vincent form about 20,000 persons (or 22%) of the total population. Those who identified themselves as “Indian” in the 2012 census constitute about 1,330 persons (or 1.2%). Although they are scattered in several villages, there are distinct areas where they are concentrated, namely Richland Park, Calder and Rosebank as well as Akers, Georgetown, Park Hill and Orange Hill.
The book entitled Stories from our Indian Elders by Lenroy Thomas captures eight fascinating interviews with thematic analyses and commentaries. The stories are introduced by sketch of the historical background in India and St. Vincent before Indians embarked on their journey to the Caribbean. The book is essentially an epic history of migration, hardship, struggle, adaptation, assimilation, survival and loss of identity as an ethnic minority.
Stories from Indian Elders in St. Vincent: Launch of the book by Lenroy Thomas
CHERYL RODRIGUEZ – Treasurer of SVG Indian Heritage Foundation for 15 years,
and Producer the of the MISS SVG and MISS CARIVAL beauty pageants for 20 years
DR. ADRIAN FRASER – Former Head of the UWI Open Campus in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG); Researched Indian immigration for his MPhil and PhD theses
HON. CURTIS KING – Minister of Education and National Reconciliation in the SVG Government; UWI History graduate and promoter of local history and community development
HON. CONSUL JUNIOR BACCHUS – President of the SVG Indian Heritage Foundation, Honorary Consul of India to SVG, and UN Expert on Participation and Development
D. LENROY THOMAS – Co-Founder of the SVG Indian Heritage Foundation, SVGIHF’s Facebook group and website administrator, Former Marketing Manager and Accountant
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