August 16, 2010

Kolkata memorial for indentured servants

By Vishnu Bisram

A memorial monument, designed to bring the descendants of Indian indentured servants, including Guyanese, in touch with their past, is set to be constructed at the Port of Kolkata (Calcutta), India. The monument is a tribute to the millions of indentured servants who left India for other shores during the period 1834 to 1917 is set to be constructed. Guyanese nationals Ashok Ramsaran and Vishnu Bisram, along with nationals of other countries, lobbied the Indian government for the monument through GOPIO and the government has agreed to the proposal. It is a momentous achievement for the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin which has been working closely with the Indian government on projects beneficial to the overseas Indian communities.

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