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Posted in ANALYSIS, analysis, BRITISH VALUES, Current Affairs, Passing Comments, REFLECTIONS, THE WAY OF THE WORLD, UNDERSTANDING HISTORY on August 31, 2018 by aelag

After the abolition of slavery, newly freed men and women refused to work for the low wages on offer on the sugar farms in British colonies in the West Indies. Indentured labour was a system of bonded labour that was instituted following the abolition of slavery. Indentured labour were recruited to work on sugar, cotton and tea plantations, and rail construction projects in British colonies in West Indies, Africa and South East Asia.  From 1834 to the end of the WWI, Britain had transported about 2 million Indian indentured workers to 19 colonies including Fiji, Mauritius, Ceylon, Trinidad, Guyana, Malaysia, Uganda, Kenya and South Africa.

The Indian indenture system was finally banned in 1917.[25] According to The Economist, “When the Indian Legislative Council finally ended indenture…it did so because of pressure from Indian nationalists and declining profitability, rather than from humanitarian concerns.

I have been  paying attention to the British media about immigration, cultural identities etc and in particular to the abolition of slavery within the then British Empire and I am astonished not to hear about Indentured Labour, which in effect was Slavery by another name.

The hypocrisy of the British media knows no bounds, especially when referring to themselves and their values, that is to say their  supposed moral superiority, whilst forgetting their atrocities and double dealing fron the Indian sub-continent through to the Middle East (PALESTINE, BUT NOT ONLY), to Cyprus, North and East Africa, I could carry on but I am sure the reader will catch the drift.

What astounds me is that not in one single instance has anybody questioned this British invention and it  remains largely unknown or ignored world-wide.

Perhaps some tribunal should look into this, I doubt it.

A triumph of British Values!!!

Food for thought.