Guyana, Gandhi, India discussed on BBC World Service

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To protest their bad treatment that was something that the whites were very afraid of so that they inculcated in them racial hatred and all of this is still reflected today in the racial divisions that you find in countries such as trinidad guyana so as you say that that legacy discontinued to those day marine there is arguably a positive side to the indenture system in the sense that by the twentieth century it was the suffering of indian indentured sugar workers in natale in south africa which inspired gandhi is fight for freedom just briefly marine explain how his ideas about passive resistance were developed in that fight well the other thing i just want to mention is just as one aside this notion of moving indians from india to different parts of the empire was used largely for sugar but it was for a few other things like the building of the railroads in africa and so africa was another place that they were bringing indians to and gandhi was a young barrister working in south africa with the indian community when a man came into his office complaining about how he was treated by a plantation owner he was actually a gardener but he was in fact a sugar plantation and this sort of opened up ghandi's is to even the idea that there were these indentured workers he actually did not know about this and this entire system and indians had been brought over to south africa they would work there maybe their contracts would expire but then they were not allowed to be full citizens or to stay and this really became a cause that he became very concerned about and it is really the beginning of what we think of as civil disobedience or what he called it is such a hot right it was the peaceful resistance to what the british were doing and i wanted to mention one very interesting fact which is this issue of indenture really troubled gandhi and indenture ended in nineteen seventeen in one of the first the indian national congress it was actually the first thing that they were able to do which is the abolition of indenture.

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