IDC Co-sponsors Conference in Reunion Island on June 30, 2017

IDC Co-sponsors Conference in Reunion Island:

Date & Time:
30th June, 2017 at 17:30 (5:30pm)

Conference: “L’ENGAGISME A-T- IL ETE UN CRIME CONTRE L’HUMANITE ?” (“Is engagism a crime against humanity?”)

University of La Reunion, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Keynote Speaker:
M. Egata-Patche Abady, distinguished entrepreneur and historian
Book: L’engagisme (coolie-trade) a-til été un crime contre l’humanité.
(“Coolie trade in Reunion Island was same as slavery”)

Moderator: Jean Regis Ramsamy, PhD
Indian Diaspora Council Coordinator - Reunion Island

Association "Memory of Crève - Cœur",
India Diaspora Council -- Reunion Island (IDC)

IDC Comment:
“The Indian Diaspora Council International (IDC) considers this and similar conferences as important discussions on the journeys among the Indian Diaspora, its history and sad chapters of inhumanity perpetrated against Indian Indentured labourers during that unforgettable period when Indian labour was manipulated as commodity for profit”.

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Fiji Convention Call for Papers

Commemoration of Centennial of Abolition of Indian Indentureship (CCAII)
11 November 2016 - January 2020

An International Conference
22-24 March 2017, Girmit Centre, Lautoka

Introduction: The end of slavery by 1833 gave rise to a new form of Slavery called Indian Indenture System. Under this, over 1 million workers from India were taken to a number of British colonies between 1834 and 1917. These included: Mauritius (453,063), British Guiana (238,909), Trinidad (143,939), Natal/South Africa (152,184), Fiji (60,965), Jamaica (36,412), Suriname (34,304), East Africa (32,000), Reunion Island (26,507), and in smaller numbers to Grenada, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Vincent, Seychelles, Malaysia, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Belize (Br. Honduras), Dutch St. Croix, and Fr. Guiana. This was the world’s second largest wave of movement of people globally under any formally organized system of movement of people. New recruitment for indentured work outside India ended on 12 March 1917. Ongoing indenture contracts were terminated from 1 January 1920 onwards.



PROGRAM SUMMARY - 100th Anniversary of Abolition of Indian Indenturedship -as of Dec 7, 2016

March 20, 2017 marks the centennial of official abolition of Indian Indentureship, an era spanning the years 1834-1917. The history and consequences of Indian Indentureship are deeply embedded with tremendous significance, importance, meaningful history and reflections to millions of descendants living in many countries which were the recipients of Indian Indentured labourers seeking better livelihoods. These countries included: Mauritius, Fiji, Malaysia, South Africa, Guyana, Trinidad, Suriname, Jamaica and others, as well as former French colonies of Reunion Island, Seychelles, Guadeloupe and Martinique.

The Indian Diaspora Council, in collaboration with many prominent and well established organizations and institutions in various countries, is coordinating a series of high profile global events to mark the centennial of abolition of Indian Indentureship befitting of this historic occasion.

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Indian Diaspora World Convention 2017

Celebration of 100th Anniversary of Abolition of Indian Indentureship Shared heritage, aspirations and interests

DATE: MARCH 17--20, 2017

Introduction: The Indian Diaspora Council, Inc. (New York, USA), the Indian Diaspora Council of Trinidad & Tobago, Global affiliates of Indian Diaspora Council, the National Council of Indian Culture (Trinidad and Tobago), the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha of Trinidad and Tobago and other stakeholders announce a conference in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the abolition of Indian indentureship by the British Parliament’s Defense of India Act in March, 1917. This conference, to be held in Trinidad in March 2017, forms part of a wider series of global events planned by the Indian Diaspora Council, Inc. ((IDC, New York, USA) to commemorate this event in several diasporic countries including Malaysia, Fiji, Mauritius, South Africa, Canada, USA and the Caribbean. While the Defense of India Act 1917 was an official declaration to abolish Indian migration, that did not bring an immediate end to the indentureship system; instead, it was gradually phased out until it finally ended in 1920.

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INDIAN DIASPORA WORLD CONVENTION 2017 Program Summary as of Nov 03, 2016

Download Program Outline - Trinidad as of Nov 03, 2016



Conference on
Gandhi Community Empowerment Conference 2016: Teachings & c

Date: Sunday, October 23, 2016 Time: 2:15pm4:30pm
Venue: Queens College Campus, Campbell Dome


  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Remarks by Asian/American Center of Queens College Remarks by Indian Diaspora Council
  • Remarks by NYS Assemblyman David Weprin Officials & Organization Representatives
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Other Speakers
  • 100th Anniversary Commemoration of Abolition of Indian Indentureship NextGen Engagement
  • Recognition
  • Concluding Remarks

Moderator: Darrel Sukhdeo, Indian Diaspora Council

Hosted by: Asian/American Center of Queens College

Sponsored by: Indian Diaspora Council

Co-sponsored by:
Indian Diaspora Council (IDC); Indian Jewish Council; American Bengali Hindu Foundation (ABHF); Holi Sammelan & Festival Committee; New York Guyana Medical & Humanitarian Mission; Federation of Hindu Mandirs, Inc. (USA; Indo-Caribbean Alliance; Indo-Caribbean Federation; Association of Artists & Writers; Interfaith Council for Comm. Development; and others…..

Snacks Courtesy of: Bakewell Bakery & Restaurant Tel: 1-718-322-5600/5601

Gandhi Community Empowerment Conference 2016

The teachings and practice of non-violence by Mahatma Gandhi have had tremendous influence on the US Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. drew inspiration from Mahatma Gandhis struggle and methodology for social justice and equity. It is generally known that had it not been for Gandhis leadership, pursuit for social justice, his teachings and influence, Dr. King"s civil rights crusade in the United States might have been different.

Gandhis "satya graha" campaign eventually led to Indias political freedom. In a similar manner, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, was able to achieve significant advances in the US Civil Rights Movement for people of color. Today, we the immigrants, also enjoy the benefits of Dr. Kings and the Civil Rights Movement. While discrimination and inequity still persist in many sectors of US society, these have been reduced to such an extent that opportunities have now been opened in several areas where these were previously closed.

We believe that a discourse on “Gandhi’s Influence on the US Civil Rights Movement" is a fitting birthday tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, especially at this time in our history when violence is being used indiscriminately to solve problems or to settle scores. Focus on Gandhis teachings and philosophy will allow us to approach problems in a humane way. We also believe that our youth must become acquainted with works and philosophy of both Gandhis and Dr. Kings.

In the evolution of the non-violence movement, Indians (both free and indentured) in South Africa constituted the bulk of the protesters between 1907 (when Gandhi launched his first “satyagraha” campaign) until 1914 when he left South Africa. Gandhi provided his mentor Gokhale in the Indian Legislative Council with information on the conditions in South Africa. In 1912, Gokhale called for the complete abolition of indentureship. When this was finally achieved in 1917, Gandhi indicated that “satya graha” had “hastened the end”.

Dr. Madhulika Khandelwal: Director of Asian/American Center and Associate Professor in Urban Studies Department at Queens College, City University of New York. Taught Asian American Studies at a number of universities and has conducted research on contemporary Asian American communities. Main interests include immigrants, women, South Asian diaspora, Asian American communities, and multicultural issues. Book: Becoming American, Being Indian: An Immigrant Community in New York City. Born in India, educated in India & USA, PhD in History, Carnegie-Mellon Univ. Honored by NYC Comptroller’s Office, Queens Women’s Center, Elmhurst Hospital Center, and several community organizations.

Dr. Tyran Ramnarine: Born in Guyana, graduate of University of Guyana, University of Kansas (Fulbright Scholar), USA and University of Sussex, UK. Completed his PhD in history Univ. of Sussex, UK focusing on growth and establishment of East Indian population in Guyana (1880 to 1920). Was former history lecturer at University of Guyana, assoc. professor Washburn University, Kansas, USA; worked in adult education in NYC Department of Education. Now retired and works part time in adult education. His article “Over a Hundred Years of East Indian Disturbances on the Sugar Estates” in Guyana appears in "India in the Caribbean." Book in progress: A novel about living and surviving on a sugar estate.

Anand Ahuja, Esq: Born in India, attorney in New York, Connecticut, Virginia, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. District Court; Southern District of NY, U.S. District Court; Eastern District of NY, and U.S. Tax Court. Educated in India & USA: LLM; LLB. (JD); MA, MBA; Postgraduate Diploma in Gandhian Philosophy. Also works as an Arbitrator with NYC Small Claims Courts. Was Adjunct Faculty at Baruch College (City University of New York); Adjunct Faculty International Business at the USDA Graduate School, Washington, D.C.; and Adjunct Faculty at Howard University. More than 150 published papers/articles; appeared in numerous TV interviews/panels including Al-Jazeera TV. Writes and speaks on various socio-political and legal issues. Received awards and honors from several organizations and Bar Associations in USA and India for Pro-bono services Not-For-Profit organizations.


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