Narratives of a Passage from India to the Caribbean
- Published: October 2002
- Professor Bridget Brereton, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad
Maharani is a most significant contribution to the new generation of scholarship on the history of Indian indentured migration, deeply researched and sensitive to the new approaches of intellectual enquiry. The author’s ability to read the contemporary texts against the grain of official pronouncements and popular prejudice against women in particular and indentured labourers generally, is truly impressive. I have no doubt that this book will find a place on the shelves of every serious scholar of the subject. - Professor Brij Lal, Australian National University, Canberra Maharani’s Misery is a major contribution to the “peopling” of Indo-Caribbean history in the late nineteenth century…. It enables us to go beyond the inanimate history which speaks primarily of the power of the indentureship system, the process of controlling the “bound coolies”. Here, the “subaltern” has a voice even in the midst of the tragedy one gets a feel for the women as actors, however minor. The work belongs, also, to the history of resistance in the region.
-Dr Clem Seecharan, University of North London