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The Indian CaribbeanMigration and Identity in the Diaspora$
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Lomarsh Roopnarine

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496814388

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496814388.001.0001

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The Migration of Indentured Indians from India to the Caribbean

The Migration of Indentured Indians from India to the Caribbean

(p.20) Chapter One The Migration of Indentured Indians from India to the Caribbean
The Indian Caribbean

Lomarsh Roopnarine

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the reasons and circumstances in India and the Caribbean that led to the arrival of Indians to the Caribbean plantations. Indentured Indians were brought to the Caribbean precisely to supplement rather than substitute the lost slave labor on the sugar plantations. The chapter then argues that the movement of Indians to the Caribbean was not based merely on push factors in India and pull factors in the Caribbean, as explained in previous studies. Rather, the movement of Indians to the Caribbean has more to do with the expansion of world capitalism and the program of imperialism and colonialism. Internal or domestic causes in India as well as in the Caribbean were instigated by the superstructure of the more powerful capitalist movement.

Keywords:   India, Caribbean, Caribbean plantations, indentured Indians, slave labor, sugar plantations, capitalism, imperialism, colonialism, capitalist movement

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