January 2017 \ Diaspora News \ Key Diaspora Interview
“In March 2017, we are organizing a global convention in Trinidad and Tobago”

Mr Ashook Ramsaran, President, Indian Diaspora Council

What are the engagements that you have planned over the next two years?

We are organizing a Global Convention in Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) between 18th and 20th March, 2017. It will include conferences, panel sessions, workshops, resolutions, action items team, cultural presentations and receptions. Several heads of state in neighbouring Caribbean countries are invited for special discussions.

Also, March 20, 2017 marks the centennial of the 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 this historic occasion.