The legacy of the girmitiya

WHEN a ship docked in Mauritius on November 2, 1834 carrying 36 Indian indentured labourers, the British called it the “great experiment’. Almost 45 years later, when Leonidas docked in Fiji, 479 girmitiya were to become the first group of this experiment in Fiji. Most of the girmitiya could not read or understand the agreement […]

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