Caribbean Report 31-05-1995


In this special edition, Caribbean Report examines the 150th Anniversary of East Indian arrival in the Caribbean. The report looks at East Indian indentureship and its impact on Caribbean societies. In Trinidad and Tobago, the Speaker of the House, Occah Seepaul welcomes the President of India who visited the island as part of the celebration to mark the 150th anniversary. Historian Ron Ramdin examines the importance of the East Indian arrival celebrations. In Guyana, some members of the Afro-Guyanese community reflect on the lingering tensions between the races. Yusuf Ali at the Commonwealth Secretariat looks at how members of the Indian diaspora view their historical past. Dr. David Dabydeen of Warwick University in Britain, comments on whether East Indians in the Caribbean should cling to the past or should they now regard themselves as West Indians. The system of indentureship is explained and the East Indian's contributions to Caribbean societies are discussed. West Indies cricket remains a shining example of unity in the region and Sonny Ramadhin talks about his experiences.


Table of Contents

1. Introduction to special edition by Lynette Lithgow (00:00-00:24)
2. Highlights the importance of the celebration of the East Indian's arrival in the Caribbean (00:25-02:28)
3. Interview with some Afro-Guyanese persons about the racial tensions in the society (02:29-04:49)
4. Yusuf Ali speaks about how members of the Indian diaspora view their historical past (04:50-07:42)
5. Report on the East Indian contributions to Caribbean societies and the evolution of a unique Caribbean woman (07:43-10:18)
6. West Indies cricket provides a shining example of what can be achieved if racial differences and inter-island rivalries are set aside (10:19-13:23)
7. Report on whether it really matters if people remember Indian indentureship in the Caribbean (13:24-15:07)