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This is how author Gerad Tikas-
ingh described the timing of the
launch of his book, Trinidad Dur-
ing the 19th Century: The Indian
The launch took place in May,
which is often referred to as Indi-
an Heritage Month and culminates
with the Indian Arrival Day cele-
On Wednesday night, Tikasingh,
73, originally of San Fernando, who
now lives in Beltsville, Maryland,
formally launched his book at the
St Andrew s Theological College,
Paradise Hill, San Fernando.
Tikasingh explained that his
brother was planning to launch
the book last November.
"The timing was purely coin-
cidental. It was just one of those
kinds of amazing things. It is just
how things worked out. My broth-
er was planning it for last year
November and it was from one
thing to a next. It just happened.
It just goes to show that it is really
amazing how God brings all these
things together," Tikasingh said.
The Indian Experience is based
on Tikasingh s 1976 PhD thesis.
He was doing research for a biog-
raphy on his father last year when
he came across a "treasure trove"
of documents in a college archive
It was that discovery, he said,
that led him to augment his thesis
and produce the book.
Tikasingh, a retired lecturer who
taught at Morgan State University
and Bowie State University, said
he wanted to break misconceptions
about East Indian Indentures.
"The misconceptions of who
the Indians were, where they came
from---those misconceptions are
still here. That is the primary rea-
son that I wrote it in such a way.
We tend to think that Indians were
some sort of slave and that is sim-
ply not true: they were not slaves,
they did not behave like slaves,
they acted like anybody else," he
Tikasingh said he wrote the book
with the average person in mind.
"It was not written for acade-
mia, so the language is a little dif-
ferent. I tried to write in a way
that the average person will be
encouraged to read," he said.
The East Indians had different
motivations for coming to
Trinidad, he pointed out: "One
person, for example, said he want-
ed to come because he heard
Trinidad was the land of prom-
He said some indenturers were
Indian soldiers who wanted to
escape India because they partic-
ipated in the mutiny at that time.
University of the West Indies
lecturer Dr Jerome Teelucksingh,
who presented his review of the
book at the launch, said, "(Tikas-
ingh s) in-depth research and
objective analyses will allow the
reader to comprehend the intricate
socio-economic evolution, cultural
transition and religious dynamics
of a society under the yoke of colo-
He added that the book was
"crucial in understanding the roots
of racism," since 19th-century
Trinidad was a deeply divided soci-
ety, where both groups, Africans
and East Indians "kept their feel-
ings to themselves and were silent
Teelucksingh suggested that the
"curse of colonialism was never
removed in 1962 or 1976. We need
to learn from the past and chart
our progress in the 21st century."
He lamented, "It is unfortunate
but not surprising that ugliness of
race and ethnicity is regularly fea-
tured in party politics, the most
recent being in the Tobago House
of Assembly elections in Tobago."
Tikasingh said the story of the
East Indians had a "black bias"
since it was often seen through
the eyes of black writers.
"We still have those biases in
this country. When I refer to the
black bias I do not mean anything
racist about it. It is just a term I
am using. It is just how we see
Indians through black people s
eyes, we do not see Indians
through Indian eyes, so those mis-
perceptions continue today," Tikas-
Indentureship through Indian eyes
Author Gerad Tikasingh
signs a copy of his book
for Dr Paul Teeluckdharry.
PHOTOS: RISHI RAGOONATH
RIGHT: Guardian Media
Ltd San Fernando branch
manager Hazel Ross-
Perot shares a light
moment with author
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