New Book: Kumar Mahabir’s “Caribbean Issues in the Indian Diaspora”


A new book by a Trinidad and Tobago national entitled Caribbean Issues in the Indian Diaspora has just been published in India. It is edited by anthropologist Dr. Kumar Mahabir (assistant professor at the University of Trinidad and Tobago).

Description: The chapters in the book are classified into four sections: emotions, assimilation, identity, and adaptations. The first section illustrates the neglect of emotions and feelings in the historiography of the people of the Bhojpuri areas in India who migrated to the plantation colonies in the Caribbean, and elsewhere. The second section analyses assimilation, mainly in the form of Christian conversion of Hindu and Muslim migrants, which resulted in the absence of mandirs and mosques, and the virtual lack of traditional Indian festivals and ceremonies in Belize, Venezuela and St. Lucia. The third section in the collection deals with the plurality of ethnic identities, which is in fact the opposite of assimilation. The last section discusses the social adaptations and reproductions in forms such as Islamic spaces in politics as well as Bollywood movies. This compilation of scholarly work includes new areas of study and fresh perspectives of timeworn topics.

The contributors of the edited volume, Caribbean Issues in the Indian Diaspora, are Kumar Mahabir, Brinsley Samaroo, Ruben Gowricharn, Maurits S. Hassankhan, Rampersaud Tiwari, Peter Manuel, Veda Nath Mohabir, H. Joy Norman nee Sankarsingh, Sylvia Gilharry Perez, Michael F. Toussaint, Kyneata Joseph, Bridget Brereton, Primnath Gooptar, Narinder Mohkamsing, John Mair and Hanna Klien. Countries studied include Trinidad, Guyana, Suriname, Belize, St. Lucia, Fiji and India.

The book is available in Trinidad and Tobago only at Chakra Publishing House, 10 Swami Avenue, Don Miguel Road, San Juan. The price is TT $260, which includes handling, registration and local postage. For more information, call (868) 674-6008; tel/fax: (868) 675-7707; or e-mail:,

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